As previously reported, Rihanna remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Diamonds." As she debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Unapologetic," she's the first artist to lead both tallies simultaneously since Adele with "Set Fire to the Rain" and "21," respectively, in February. What other acts heat up the Hot 100 and other singles charts?
-- Cassadee Pope: After a head-turning performance of Miranda Lambert's "Over You" on the Nov. 19 episode of NBC's "The Voice," Pope arrives at No. 25 on the Hot 100. The cover opens atop Country Digital Songs with 152,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, concurrently posting the Hot Shot Debut at No. 3 on Hot Country Songs. Honored earlier this month with the Song of the Year trophy at the Country Music Assn. Awards, Lambert co-wrote "Over You" with husband and "Voice" coach Blake Shelton. A native of Florida, singer/songwriter Pope has fronted pop/punk band Hey Monday and released a self-titled solo EP in May, which charted for one week in June on Heatseekers Albums (No. 25).
-- Amanda Brown, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: The Nov. 19 episode of "The Voice" also spurs the Hot 100 entrances of two versions of the same song. Following contestant Brown's cover of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' "Stars," her take starts at No. 97 with 47,00 downloads sold, while the group's original debuts at No. 95 (42,000). Why do Potter and the Nocturnals chart higher despite a lower sales sum? They have an airplay advantage, as their version, being promoted to radio, debuts on Triple A at No. 27. And, why such notable "Voice" action on the Hot 100 this week? It's likely owed to the series gaining momentum leading up to this season's Dec. 18 finale.
-- P!nk: Another TV event helps push other tracks up the Hot 100: the American Music Awards, broadcast on ABC on Nov. 18. AMAs performer P!nk translates her performance of "Try" at the festivities to a 50-18 vault on the Hot 100 and a 33-10 blast on Hot Digital Songs (101,000, up 126%). On the latter list, "Try" marks her eighth top 10.
-- Taylor Swift: "I Knew You Were Trouble.," the second pop radio single from "Red," which Swift likewise performed on the AMAs, rallies 77-47 on the Hot 100. The song begins at No. 40 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart and climbs 20-15 on Hot Digital Songs (87,000, up 55%).
-- Of Monsters And Men: "Little Talks" re-enters the Hot 100 at its peak position (No. 49), powered by a No. 63 entrance on Hot 100 Airplay (20 million audience impressions, up 12%) and a 17% increase to 34,000 downloads sold. It spent 26 weeks on the Hot 100 beginning the week of April 21 before departing after the Oct. 13 chart week. It topped Triple A for four weeks beginning in May and Alternative for two frames starting in July.