Katy Perry Holds Off Britney Spears Atop Hot 100
Katy Perry's "E.T.," featuring Kanye West, spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (May 5) on Billboard.com, while Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends" soars back into the top 10, and to a new chart peak, fueled by its superstar-studded remix.
"E.T." (2-1) remains atop the Hot 100 courtesy of a second week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (138 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS) and seventh week in charge of Digital Songs. As previously reported, "E.T." sold slightly more than 300,000 downloads (down 13%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, edging out Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," which holds at No. 2 on the sales ranking (just under 300,000; up 1%) and the Hot 100.
The slim margin (roughly 500 downloads) between the top two titles on Digital Songs marks the tightest race atop the tally since Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and Eminem's "When I'm Gone" each sold approximately 41,000 the week of Dec. 24, 2005.
"Deep" claims the Hot 100's Airplay Gainer award, powered by its 12-7 advance on Radio Songs (77 million, up 24%).
Spears' "Till the World Ends" blasts 11-3, besting its previous peak of No. 9, as the Hot 100's Digital Gainer following the release of its much-buzzed-about remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha. "World" roars 12-3 on Digital Songs with 246,000 downloads sold (up 102%). The triple-threat remix accounted for 167,000, or 68%, of the title's sales in the April 25-May 1 tracking period.
"World" marks the second high-profile remix - both involving Spears - to spur a headline-grabbing chart move in three weeks. Rihanna's "S&M" ascended 2-1 two weeks ago following the release of its remix featuring Spears. All versions of "S&M" sold a combined 293,000 downloads that week, a gain comparable (up 108%) to that of "World" this week. Likewise similar to "World," the Spears-assisted remix of "S&M" accounted for 66% of the song's overall digital sales that frame.
The Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" dips 3-4 on the Hot 100, while Bruno Mars notches his fifth top 10 in as many tries, as "The Lazy Song" rises 6-5.
"S&M" slips 4-6 on the Hot 100, ahead of Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor," featuring Pitbull (7-7). The latter song is expected to exhibit gains on next week's Hot 100 and Digital Songs charts after Lopez temporarily trades her judge's chair for the stage when she and Pitbull perform the track on "American Idol" tomorrow night (May 5).
Ke$ha's "Blow" lifts 9-8 on the Hot 100, Jeremih's "Down on Me" featuring 50 Cent, slides 5-9 and Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now," featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, drops 8-10.
The "Glee" cast scores the top three debuts on this week's Hot 100, led by its mashup of the "West Side Story" song "I Feel Pretty" and TLC's "Unpretty" at No. 22. On Digital Songs, "I Feel Pretty"/"Unpretty" starts at No. 13 (112,000). The ensemble's covers of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" (75,000) and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (73,000) follow at Nos. 42 and 44, respectively.
The "Glee" cast adds a fourth Hot 100 debut, "As If We Never Said Goodbye," at No. 80, while the original version of a song that the troupe remade on last Tuesday's episode, Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand," bows at No. 89 (30,000, up 149%). ("Streisand" topped Dance/Club Play Songs in December).
The show whose premiere last Tuesday beat "Glee," and all competition, in its timeslot, "The Voice," prompts the Hot 100 arrival of contestant Javier Colon, whose R&B-tinged take on Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" launches at No. 65 (46,000). One of the four coaches of the series accompanies Colon onto the Hot 100, as Maroon 5, fronted by "Voice" coach Adam Levine, enters at No. 100 with "Never Gonna Leave This Bed."
Three other songs debut on the Hot 100: Foster the People's top 10 Alternative Songs track "Pumped Up Kicks" (No. 96); Minaj's "Super Bass" (No. 98); and, actress ("One Tree Hill")/country singer Jana Kramer's "Whiskey" (No. 99).
All charts, including the Hot 100, Digital Songs and Radio Songs, will be refreshed tomorrow on Billboard.com.