Chart Moves: P!nk Tops AC With 'Try'; Selena Gomez, Avril Lavigne Return; Lady Antebellum Makes Fastest Trip To Country Airplay Summit


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As previously reported, P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason," featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess, rises 3-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?

-- P!nk: As she crowns the Hot 100 with "Reason," the pop singer/songwriter concurrently collects her first Adult Contemporary No. 1 with prior single "Try" (2-1). The latter coronation reflects the crossover evolution of P!nk, who first drew chart ink the week of Feb. 5, 2000, when debut single "There You Go" debuted simultaneously on Dance Club Songs and Rhythmic. Both songs appear on her album The Truth About Love, which became her first Billboard 200 No. 1 upon its debut in October.

-- Selena Gomez, Avril Lavigne: The female pop stars each return to the Hot 100, led by Gomez at No. 45 with "Come & Get It." The song starts at No. 25 on Hot Digital Songs with 76,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and No. 47 on Streaming Songs with 1.3 million first-week streams, according to Nielsen BDS. The cut, which previews her upcoming fourth album (and first billed without backing act the Scene), also begins at No. 31 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart.

"Here's to Never Growing Up," meanwhile, the lead single from Lavigne's forthcoming fifth album, enters the Hot 100 at No. 51. It charges onto Hot Digital Songs at No. 17 (92,000) and Mainstream Top 40 at No. 34. She wrote the track with her fiance, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.

-- We the Kings: Anti-bullying anthem "Just Keep Breathing" opens at No. 92 on the Hot 100 with 48,000 downloads sold, marking the pop/punk group's best weekly sum. The band had last charted with 2010's "We'll Be a Dream," featuring Demi Lovato, who, as previously reported, makes a notable move of her own, notching her third Hot 100 top 10 with "Heart Attack" (15-10).
-- Scotty McCreery: After winning "American Idol" two years ago, McCreery returned to the show's stage on April 11 to perform his new single, "See You Tonight." The track enters the Hot 100 at No. 94 and Hot Country Songs at No. 28 (46,000 downloads sold).
-- Lady Antebellum: The trio completes its fastest trip to the Country Airplay summit, as "Downtown" rises 2-1 in its 12th week. The act previously reached No. 1 in as quickly as 14 weeks with "Need You Now" in 2009 and "Just a Kiss" in 2011. "Downtown" marks Lady A's seventh leader on the list, dating to its first, "I Run to You," in 2009. The group had last ruled with "We Owned the Night" for two weeks in December 2011.

"Downtown," which ranks at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs after reaching No. 2 so far, previews Lady Antebellum's fourth studio album, Golden, due May 7.

-- George Strait: Bookending the Country Airplay top 10, Strait extends his record for the most top 10s since the chart adopted BDS data 23 years ago, as "Give It All We Got Tonight" lifts 11-10. In that span, Strait's 61 top 10s outpace the outputs of next-closest competitors Alan Jackson (51), Tim McGraw (48), Kenny Chesney (45) and Toby Keith (42).

On the airplay/sales/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs chart, whose earliest origins date to 1944, Strait's 85 top 10s rank second only to Eddy Arnold's 92. "Tonight" has thus far climbed to No. 14 on the ranking.