The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Adele's "Someone Like You" spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and passes the 2-million mark in digital sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. There's even more news about Adele, as well as other notable moves on this week's chart.
Adele: "Someone Like You" ascends 2-1 on the Adult Top 40 radio chart. With her previous single "Rolling in the Deep" at No. 1 on Adult Contemporary for a 17th week, Adele is just the second artist to top the adult airplay tallies simultaneously with different titles, following fellow Columbia act Train last year ("Hey, Soul Sister," "If It's Love"). "I am extremely proud of the success that we have helped (Adele and Train) achieve at adult radio," Columbia senior VP promotion/adult formats Pete Cosenza tells Billboard. "We have always believed in the power of the adult audience and the longterm relationship it has with our artists. Our entire company, from leaders Steve Barnett and Rob Stringer to our head of promotion, Lee Leipsner, believe in the value of these acts. And, our regional promotion team, along with Jim Burruss, who leads the charge at AC, constantly builds and maintains relationships with adult programmers, which helps keep our artists on top."
T-Pain: "5 O'Clock," featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen, scores the Hot 100's Greatest Gainer/Digital tag, blasting 62-30 in its second chart week. The song flies 47-15 on Hot Digital Songs with 61,000 downloads sold, up 103%. Budding airplay sends it 74-60 on Hot 100 Airplay (21 million, up 41%, according to Nielsen BDS). The track, whose video premiered Sept. 30, previews T-Pain's forthcoming fourth studio album, "Revolver."
Daughtry: "Crawling Back to You," the lead single from the band's third studio album, "Here and Now," due Nov. 21, opens at No. 25 on Hot Digital Songs (47,000) and No. 41 on the Hot 100. Adult radio is on board, as the midtempo ballad jumps 18-15 as the Greatest Gainer on Adult Top 40.
"Glee" cast: As analyzed by Billboard, when the "Glee" cast covers current/recurrent/'00s hits, those remakes tend to sell better than show tunes or updates of oldies. This week provides more evidence: the ensemble's cover of Coldplay's "Fix You" debuts at No. 53 with 50,000 downloads -- the highest sum of the series' new season. The remake even spurs sales of Coldplay's original version, which bounds 29-5 on Rock Digital Songs (31,000, up 314%).
B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Nickelback: Last week's three highest debuts all tumble: B.o.B's "Strange Clouds," featuring Bruno Mars (7-19, down 49% in digital sales); Mars' own "It Will Rain" (28-64, down 66%); and, Nickelback's "When We Stand Together" (48-75, down 53%). Per usual, opening-week digital sales fueled their debuts and interest naturally wanes the following frame, as radio has not yet made the songs largely familiar. Despite the download declines, radio support is starting. "Rain" registers 14 million in all-format audience, up 106%; "Stand," 11 million, up 35%; and "Clouds," 5 million, up 173%.
The Billboard 200:
"American Idol" winner Scott McCreery made a big splash on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, as his "Clear as Day" album bowed at No. 1 with 197,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The "I Love You This Big" singer was the chart's biggest story obviously, but outside the top 10, there were some notable debuts and gainers -- check them out:
- Mayday Parade, Mayer Hawthorne: With its debut at No. 12, Mayday Parade's new self-titled album only misses the top 10 by a couple thousand units. However, on the bright side, its arrival instantly gives the act its highest-charting album ever, and, with 27,000 copies sold, it's best sales week. Meanwhile, at No. 52, Mayer Hawthorne's "How Do You Do" starts with 8,000 sold -- and all from downloads. Released on Oct. 4 digitally, the singer/songwriter's second album -- and first for Universal -- arrives a week before the CD and LP versions hit retail. His first set, "A Strange Arrangement," peaked at No. 147 in 2009.
- "The Best of the Lion King" compilation: The 12 track compilation of highlights from the original film and its various offspring (sequels, concept albums and the theatrical musical) bounds onto the chart at No. 100 with a 83% gain. The 3D reissue of the original film has earned more than $80 million in the U.S. and Canada since it hit theaters on Sept. 16.
- Elvis Presley: First released in 1997, "An Afternoon In the Garden" (No. 126) has sold 140,000 copies in 2011, thanks to $5 pricing at Walmart. It's the King of Rock n' Roll's best-selling album of the year by far, and is among 2011's top 200-selling sets.
- Paul McCartney/London Classical Orchestra: The score to "Ocean's Kingdom," composed by Paul McCartney and performed by the London Classical Orchestra, takes a bow at No. 143 with 3,000 sold. It also arrives at No. 1 on the Traditional Classical chart. It's the third time a McCartney project has topped the latter tally, following "Standing Stone" (1997) and "Working Classical" (1999).
- "Fast Five" / "Burlesque" Soundtracks: The DVD release of "Fast Five" on Oct. 4 sends its soundtrack racing back onto the list at No. 186 with a 575% increase. In other soundtrack news, 2010's "Burlesque" (No. 193 this week; 3,000 sold, down 4%) has quietly sold 239,000 this year, making it the fifth-biggest selling soundtrack of 2011.