The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Rihanna claims her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, spends an eighth week at No. 1. Who else has found their way into Hot 100 headlines this week?
-- Wale: The rapper ascends to his first top 40 hit on the Hot 100 as a lead act, as "Lotus Flower Bomb," featuring Miguel, blooms 44-38. Even better news: on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "Flower" becomes Wale's first No. 1, rising 2-1 (and Miguel's second, following his own "Sure Thing" in May). Fueling the flight of "Flower" on the Hot 100 is a 26-22 rise on Hot 100 Airplay (43 million all-format audience impressions, up 11%, according to Nielsen BDS) and a No. 72 re-entry on Hot Digital Songs (21,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
-- Taylor Swift: "Ours" jumps 65-47, powered by a 51-36 leap on Hot Digital Songs (40,000, up 26%). Early support for the song looks strong at Swift's home base of country radio, as it bounds 28-22 in its fourth week on the Hot Country Songs airplay chart (10 million in audience, up 84%).
-- David Nail: Fellow country singer Nail nabs the No. 1 spot on Heatseekers Songs (2-1) with "Let It Rain," which lifts 54-51 on the Hot 100. The tune debuted back in February on Hot Country Songs, where it rises 5-4 this week in its 46th frame. Since Hot Country Songs adopted BDS data in January 1990, "Rain" is one of only eight titles to spend as many as 46 weeks on the survey.
-- "Glee Cast, Fun: Last week, the "Glee" cast rocketed onto the Hot 100 at No. 12 with its cover of Fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, which itself entered at No. 53. In typical fashion, the "Glee" version falls in its second chart week as viewers move on to the Fox TV series' next episode; it plummets to No. 59 with a 67% decline to 45,000 downloads sold. The Fun. original drops, too, but less sharply (53-78; down by 45% to 27,000), helped in part by its growth on the Alternative airplay chart (28-27).
The Billboard 200:
This week on the Billboard 200, Michael Buble's "Christmas" album jingled for a fourth straight week at No. 1 while Anthony Hamilton's "Back to Love" was the tally's highest debut -- arriving at No. 12. Outside the top 10 there were movers and shakers as usual; let's take a look:
-- Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa: The hip-hop pairing debuts at No. 29 with their "Mac + Devin Go To High School" soundtrack, from the forthcoming film in which they both star. The album bows with 38,000 and marks Snoop's 20th charting album. His first, "Doggy Style," entered at No. 1 almost exactly 18-years ago, on the chart dated Dec. 11, 1993. For Khalifa, it's his second chart hit, following his Atlantic debut "Rolling Papers" (No. 2 in April).
-- Metallica: A sneak-attack release of sorts, the rock band's "Beyond Magnetic" EP was released exclusively to iTunes last week and starts with 36,000 at No. 32. The four-song set -- comprised of unreleased songs recorded during the band's "Death Magnetic" album sessions -- became widely-available to all digital retailers in its second week. That expansion could aid its chart fortunes next week -- or perhaps at least slow its slide down the tally.
-- Vince Guaraldi Trio/Charlie Brown: The classic "Charlie Brown Christmas" TV soundtrack achieved its highest rank on the Billboard 200 last week (No. 27) and continues to climb. This week it bounds to No. 23 with 41,000 sold -- a gain of 19%. Though the set was first released in 1965, it did not reach any of Billboard's lists until 1987. That was when the title hit No. 13 on our Top Holiday Albums chart. However, it wouldn't appear on the Billboard 200 chart until Dec. 5, 2009 -- the week we changed our chart rules -- letting older albums (termed "catalog") chart alongside new releases. Since then, it's become an annual fixture on the list. During the 2010 Christmas season, the set topped out at No. 30.
-- Doris Day: The legendary actress and singer returns to the Billboard 200 chart after a 47-year absence with the arrival of "My Heart" at No. 135. First released in the U.K., the set debuted at No. 9 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, marking her first-ever top 10. The new album contains 10 new recordings, plus three older Day tunes. She last appeared on the Billboard 200 in 1964, when "Love Him!" spent eight weeks on the list, peaking at No. 102.