The Billboard Hot 100
As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae), spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Kelly Clarkson collects her first topper on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and Taylor Swift boasts the Hot 100's top new entry. What other songs make notable Hot 100 moves?
-- Carly Rae Jepsen: Endorsements from Justin Bieber have helped "Call Me Maybe" become a hit. The debut U.S. single from the Scooter Braun signee and recipient of fellow Canadian Bieber's repeated praises jumps 23-18 as the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer. The track lifts 13-5 on On-Demand Songs with 535,000 on-demand streams, according to Nielsen BDS, and a 28% increase in overall streams. The song bullets at No. 5 on Hot Digital Songs (138,000 downloads, up 12%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and bounds 38-29 in its second week on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart.
-- Usher: "Climax" ascends 45-40, marking the crooner's 28th top 40 title. Dating to his first week in the region (Aug. 23, 1997) when "You Make Me Wanna…" arrived at No. 25, Usher ties Chris Brown for the most top 40 entries among male singers (excluding rappers). R. Kelly ranks third among male singers with 27 top 40 hits in that span.
-- Adele: Billboard's No. 1 song of 2011, "Rolling in the Deep," is now one of the five-longest-charting singles in the Hot 100's 53-year history. At 64 weeks (dropping 33-43), the song joins Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" (the record-holder with 76 weeks), LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" (69), Jewel's double-sided "You Were Meant for Me"/" Foolish Games" (65) and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" (also 64). "Deep" is the only one of those songs to have reached No. 1.
-- Alex Clare: The British artist bows at No. 68 on the Hot 100 with "Too Close." The electro-pop song, which charges 55-27 on Hot Digital Songs (58,000, up 64%), is receiving a boost from its usage in a Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 commercial.
-- Shinedown: On the ninth anniversary of its first appearance on a Billboard chart, the rock band makes a rare Hot 100 showing, as "Bully" forces its way in at No. 94. While the song's airplay holds at 10 million, sales surge by 42% to 19,000. The group's fourth studio album, "Amaryllis," will bow on next week's Billboard 200. All 14 of Shinedown's charted titles on the Mainstream Rock airplay chart have hit the top five -- the most of any act since the band's arrival -- with "Bully," currently in its seventh week at No. 1, marking its seventh leader. On the Hot 100, Shinedown has charted seven songs, with 2009's "Second Chance" having soared to No. 7.
The Billboard 200
The soundtrack to the blockbuster film "The Hunger Games" opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this past week, selling 175,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set was one of five new entries in the top 10 of the tally, which also included arrivals from the Shins, Odd Future, Melanie Fiona and Esperanza Spalding.
We already recapped the top 10 on the chart this week in earlier stories, so let's look at some of the movers and shakers farther down the list:
-- Katy Perry & Rihanna: The two pop divas share the largest positional climb on the chart this week, as Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Rihanna's "Loud" both zoom up 63 rungs. "Teenage Dream" rises from No. 94 to No. 31 (11,000; up 110%) and "Loud" flies from No. 182 to No. 119 (4,000; up 23%). Perry's set was discounted to $3.99 in the AmazonMP3 store, while "Loud" was on sale for $5.99. In turn, their digital sales saw a big spike: "Teenage Dream" saw a 365% gain in downloads, while "Loud's" digital numbers increased by 71%.
-- Young the Giant: The band's self-titled album made a big move this week -- with a relatively small unit gain. "Young the Giant" vaulted from No. 164 to No. 106, selling 4,000 copies (up 22%). However, because the number of units that separate Nos. 100 and 200 is so small, even the smallest increase yields a large jump. This week, No. 100 sold 4,000 while No. 200 shifted nearly 3,000 copies. ("Young the Giant" was sale priced for $7.99 in the iTunes Store last week, and the band tweeted about it. The set saw a digital gain of 35%.)
-- I See Stars: The act's "Digital Renegade" is the biggest dropper on the tally this week, falling a rather steep 153 slots from No. 198 to No. 45 (3,000 copies, down 71%). The collapse isn't surprising, though. I See Stars' last two entries, 2009's "3D" and 2011's "The End of the World Party" each only spent one week on the chart. So, really, having "Digital Renegade" spend two frames on the list is kind of a triumph.
-- Guns N' Roses: GNR's "Greatest Hits" has the second-largest positional tumble on the list, falling from No. 3 to No. 151 (down 148 spots with 3,000 sold -- down 96%) after the impact of Google Play's 25-cent discount disappeared. Last week, the set rose from No. 31 to No. 3 after it garnered a one-day sale price of 25-cents in the Google Play store. That deep discount enabled its sales of 85,000 that week (up 618%).