The Billboard 200
-- Susan Boyle: The "Britain's Got Talent" contestant turned
singing sensation scored her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week as her holiday-themed "The Gift" opened atop the list with 318,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. She led a total of six debuts in the top 10 this week.
-- Josh Groban: Of the dozen albums on the list this week that take gains of at least 20 positions, eight of them are Christmas releases. The biggest gainer on the chart is Mannheim Steamroller's "Christmas: 25th Anniversary Collection," which motors up 127 spots to No. 64 with a 263% increase in sales. Other big leaps are awarded to Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas" (87-30, up 57 places, a gain of 276%), Josh Groban's "Noel" (109-41, up 68 rungs; 237%) and Michael Buble's "Let It Snow!" EP (129-58, up 71 slots; 158%).
-- Miranda Lambert: The annual Country Music Association Awards, which aired last week on ABC, fuel a number of gains on the list this week, including Miranda Lambert's 41-15 rally with "Revolution" (up 137%). The singer won three awards, including female vocalist of the year and album of the year. Other albums that gain more than 20% from CMA exposure include: Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (23-13, up 68%), Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" (22-20, up 31%), Dierks Bentley's "Up on the Ridge" (187-110; up 109%), the soundtrack to "Country Strong" (123-114; up 31%) and entertainer of the year Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night" (139-131; up 26%).
-- 30 Seconds to Mars: The band's "The Is War" battles its way up the list 55 rungs to No. 102 after it was reissued last week with bonus material. Its sales jump by 77%.
-- Buddy Guy: The dishonor of the largest positional plummet on the list this week goes to the icon's "Living Proof" set, which collapses 101 rungs to No. 189 in its third week on the list (down 37%).
The Billboard Hot 100
-- Far East Movement: Following a two-week break, the act's "Like a G6," featuring Cataracs & Dev, returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for its third cumulative week at No. 1. The song was removed from the perch two weeks ago by Ke$ha's No. 1 arrival with "We R Who We R" and was kept out of the top last week by Rihanna's large leap with "What's My Name?" "G6" is the first song to bounce back to No. 1 after multiple weeks away since T.I.'s "Live Your Life" took a three week hiatus before recapturing the crown in November 2008.
-- Glee Cast: As previously reported scored her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, the ensemble scores its first No. 1 on Digital Songs and best ever download sales week as the cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," with lead vocals by newly-signed cast member Darren Criss, opens with 214,000 downloads. The song is the Hot Shot Debut at No. 8 on the Hot 100, the act's second to land in the upper tier, falling short of matching the No. 4 debut and peak of "Don't Stop Believin" on the June 6, 2009, chart. With three additional debuts for the week, the cast ups its sum of chart hits to 93, passing James Brown's 91 for sole possession of second place among acts with the most entries. It's just a matter of time until "Glee" surpasses Elvis Presley's record 108 hits.
-- Rihanna: Singer winds up tantalizingly close to successive No. 1s as "Only Girl (In the World)" jumps 4-2 while last week's chart-topper "What's My Name?," featuring Drake, falls all the way to No. 7. "Name" posts a not-unexpected second-week download decline (152,000, minus-35%). The sales loss sends the song tumbling even though it is the chart's Airplay Gainer (up 26%). The last title to drop so steeply from No. 1 was Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" (1-7) on the chart dated Jan. 14, 2006.
-- The Black Eyed Peas: The group scores its second-best Hot 100 debut at No. 12 with "The Time (Dirty Bit)," the preview single from "The Beginning," due Nov. 30. Only "I Gotta Feeling" (No. 2, June 2009) had a better start. "The Time" shifts 170,000 downloads and opens at No. 3 on Digital Songs. Airplay for the track improves by 57% to 18.4 million listener impressions.
-- Sugarland: The duo's "Stuck Like Glue" is the Hot 100's Digital Gainer as download sales spike by 102% to 97,000 following the duo's Nov. 10 performance of the track on ABC's Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The increase prompts a 25-17 Hot 100 jump for "Glue," sending it past its prior No 20 peak. CMA performance spikes also aids jumps for tracks by the Band Perry (24-20), Jason Aldean (93-56), Lady Antebellum (debut at No. 70) and Taylor Swift (re-entry at No. 74).
The Billboard 200