The Billboard Hot 100
As previously reported, Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" rebounds for a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and vocal group the Wanted blasts 23-5 with its debut hit, "Glad You Came." Who else shakes up this week's chart?
-- Adele: After soaring 17-5 last week in the wake of her six Grammy Award wins, including record and song of the year, former Hot 100 No. 1 "Rolling in the Deep" retreats to No. 20. The good news: now in its 60th week on the survey, the song ties Los Del Rio's "Macarena" for the longest chart stay for a No. 1 hit. That global dance craze smash racked its 60 weeks in two chart runs, however, having returned (to spend 14 weeks at No. 1) as remixed by the Bayside Boys.
-- Whitney Houston: After two weeks of fan nostalgia translated to sales gains, the late diva's signature ballad, "I Will Always Love" tumbles 3-30 on the Hot 100. On Hot Digital Songs, the track falls 2-13 (101,000 downloads, down 72%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). As physical retailers re-stock several of her catalog albums, however, Houston's full-length sales surge. (See this column's Billboard 200 recap for details).
-- Usher: "Climax," the crooner's collaboration with Philadelphia DJ Diplo, arrives at No. 81 with 31,000 downloads sold. On the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio airplay tally, it bows at No. 22, marking the third highest of his 35 career entries on the chart.
-- Young The Giant: The "Glee" cast's cover of "Cough Syrup" by Young the Giant on the Fox series' Feb. 21 episode spurs the Hot 100 entry of the original version at No. 95 (while the cast's remake starts at No. 65). The original version has inhabited the Alternative top 10 for the past 23 weeks; posting its best sales week this week (29,000, up 233%), it has sold 227,000 downloads.
The Billboard 200
Adele's "21" album crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a 22nd week -- the longest run atop the list since Prince & the Revolution's "Purple Rain" soundtrack ruled for 24 frames in 1984-1985. Elsewhere in the top 10, fun. started at No. 3 with its sophomore album, "Some Nights," while Tyga's "Careless World" bowed at No. 4 and Chiddy Bang's "Breakfast" pulled up a chair at No. 8.
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:
-- Maroon 5: The band's latest album, "Hands all Over," surpasses 1 million in sales this week, thanks to an additional 9,000 copies sold. It's their third million-selling studio set in three tries. "Hands" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated Oct. 9, 2010, and this week slips 40-55 in its 71st frame on the tally. The group's first album, "Songs About Jane," was released almost a decade ago -- on June 25, 2002.
-- Michael Jackson: The King of Pop's iconic 1982 album, "Thriller," returns to the list (No. 88; 6,000) after Amazon MP3 discounted the set to $3.99 for its daily deal on Feb. 26. It's up by 112% with a 561% jump in downloads. Almost 29 years ago this week (March 12, 1983), it was in its third week (of 37!) at No. 1.
-- "The Muppets": The soundtrack's song "Man or Muppet" won the Academy Award for best original song on Feb. 26 and in turn, the album rallies with a 5,000 increase (up 122%, re-entering at No. 113). The song itself re-enters the Kid Digital Songs chart at No. 4 with 4,000 sold (up 368%).
-- Sinead O'Connor: The artist, who has seemingly made more news lately for her on-again-off-again marriage to Barry Herridge, returns to the list for the first time since 2007. Her ninth studio album, "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?," debuts at No. 115 with 5,000 sold.
-- "Tron: Legacy" & "O Brother Where Are Thou?": The pair of soundtracks are among those priced at $3.99 in Amazon's MP3 store. "Tron" sold 5,000 last week (up 141% at No. 119) while "O Brother" shifted 4,000 (up 127% at No. 144).