The Billboard Hot 100
As previously reported, the Billboard Hot 100 undergoes a major renovation this week with the addition of a host of streaming services to its formula, including those that contribute to the newly-launched On-Demand Songs chart. Once all the points were tallied, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) spends a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Who else is having fun on the chart this week?
-- Flo Rida: "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) pushes 19-12 as the Hot 100's Digital Gainer, moving 151,000 downloads, up 44%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It jumps 11-6 on Hot Digital Songs, where it's the rapper's ninth top 10. On Radio Songs, the track climbs 45-35 with 33 million audience impressions, up 19%, according to Nielsen BDS.
-- Calvin Harris: "Feel So Close," the Scottish DJ's debut Hot 100 entry as a lead artist, bounds 34-22 and becomes his first No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (87,000 downloads, up 61%).
-- John Mayer: Columbia will have to reformulate its marketing plans now that Mayer has been forced to cancel his upcoming tour due to vocal issues, but his new single is off to a good start. "Shadow Days," which previews his fifth studio album, "Born and Raised," due May 22, opens as the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 42. It launches on Hot Digital Songs at No. 12 (91,000).
-- Adele, LMFAO: Two Hot 100-topping streaks appear to be over, as Adele's "Rumour Has it" slides to No. 57 after reaching No 39 last week and LMFAO's "Sorry for Party Rocking" descends 53-63 after peaking at No. 49. The acts had hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 with their last three and two singles, respectively. "Rumour" could rebound, however. Despite a 30-35 dip on Hot Digital Songs (47,000, down 24%), it should debut on Hot 100 Airplay next week (14 million, up 33% this week).
-- M83: The act (aka France's Anthony Gonzalez) makes its Hot 100 debut, as "Midnight City" bows at No. 74, fueled by the cut's No. 11 rank on On-Demand Songs. (It's also No. 9 on Alternative). M83 first graced a Billboard chart in 2004, when its second studio set, "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts," reached No. 14 on Dance/Electronic Albums.
The Billboard 200
Bruce Springsteen pushed Adele's "21" aside this week on the Billboard 200 as the Boss' "Wrecking Ball" opened at No. 1 with 196,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" spent 23 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 and has a shot at reclaiming its throne next week. That is unless the British pop group One Direction's "Up All Night" ends up debuting atop the tally.
Only one album debuted among the top 10 this week -- "WZRD," the collaborative set by Kid Cudi and producer Dot da Genius. It launched at No. 3 with 66,000 copies.
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:
-- Every Time I Die: The band's sixth full-length album, "Ex Lives," starts with just over 14,000 at No. 25, and gives the act its best rank ever and highest sales week since 2005. That year, "Gutter Phenomenon" bowed at No. 71 with a couple hundred units more.
-- "Footloose": The March 6 DVD release of the 2011 film remake spurs a 715% gain for its companion soundtrack. It re-enters at No. 41 with 10,000 sold versus 1,000 the previous week. On the Top Soundtracks chart, it re-enters at No. 3, behind "The Bodyguard" (No. 2 with 21,000; down 50%) and "Project X" (No. 1 with 24,000; up 43%).
-- Big Time Rush: At No. 44, the quartet's iTunes-exclusive soundtrack to its "Big Time Movie" starts with 9,000 at No. 44. The six-song set consists entirely of Beatles covers. The most popular of which this week is "Help!" (No. 9 on Kid Digital Songs, 3,000).
-- Idina Menzel: The Tony award-winning singer/actress bows at No. 53 with "Live: Barefoot at the Symphony." The album marks a new peak for the performer, surpassing "I Stand's" No. 58 rank. The live set's 8,000 start was bolstered by a $3.99 one-day price (March 5) from AmazonMP3 as well as PBS' airings of the filmed concert.
-- Il Volo: Like Menzel's album (above), Il Volo's "Live From the Detroit Opera House" album also benefits from a PBS special of the same name, as this set debuts at No. 113 with 5,000. The live show aired throughout the U.S. during PBS' fundraising drive between March 3 and 18.
-- Paul McCartney: At No. 190, McCartney's "iTunes Live From Capitol Studios" becomes the Beatle's 41st album to chart (counting his solo sets and works with Wings, but not the Beatles). The iTunes-exclusive set also bows at No. 4 on Traditional Jazz Albums (three steps below his own "Kisses on the Bottom").