The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” is deep-sixed on the Billboard Hot 100 after seven weeks at No. 1, as Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, rises 2-1. Other notable moves, however, highlight this week’s Hot 100 action:
— Britney Spears: As with Perry’s “Friday” last week, the June 21 arrival of Spears’ video for “I Wanna Go” spurs a 282% gain to 67,000 downloads and a No. 27 re-entry on Hot Digital Songs. Up 89-29 with the Hot 100’s Greatest Gainer/Digital award, the song marks Spears’ 21st top 40 Hot 100 hit. Since her first week in the region (Nov. 21. 1998), among women, only Taylor Swift (27) and Rihanna (22) have logged more top 40 placements. Beyonce (20) and Pink (17) follow in that span.
— Katy Perry: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100 with Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors, charging 21-11 in just its third week on Hot 100 Airplay (63 million, up 42%, according to Nielsen BDS). The song drops by 4% to 226,000 downloads sold, however, according to Nielsen SoundScan, after experiencing a 259% digital gain last week following the June 13 premiere of its video. Should it remain atop Hot Digital Songs, where it has reigned the last two weeks, “Friday” will remain a contender for the Hot 100’s top spot, since its radio life has begun so recently.
The Billboard 200:
While Jill Scott celebrates her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with “The Light of the Sun’s” debut with 135,000 — and an additional four debuts populate the top 10 — let’s take a look at what’s shaking further down the tally.
— Florence + the Machine: The one-two punch of the act’s “Good Morning America” performance (June 24) and a cover of its hit “Dog Days Are Over” by a “The Voice” contestant (June 21) pushes the group’s “Lungs” album 61-23 with a 76% gain this week. The set sold nearly 17,000 copies last week, representing its best sales week since March. The album’s cumulative sales also rise to 675,000. The group’s new “Live at the Wiltern” album dropped on June 28, exclusively via iTunes.
— “The Book of Mormon”: The glow of the Tony Awards (and cheapie discount pricing at AmazonMP3) finally wears off as “The Book of Mormon’s” original Broadway cast recording tumbles 10-75 with 7,000 (down 78%). With 121,000 sold this year, it’s by far the biggest selling cast album of 2011 — well more than the 66,000 that the Broadway cast recording of “Wicked” has racked up.
— Chickenfoot: Three Best Buy-exclusive albums are on clearance at the big box retailer, thus, we see each of them reenter this week with massive gains. Super group Chickenfoot’s self-titled set returns at No. 112 with a 284% increase, while Weezer’s “Six Hits” EP (No. 168) and Stone Temple Pilots’ “A Taste Of…” EP (No. 181) both climb back on with hikes of more than 100%.
— Brad Paisley/Cars 2: At No. 153, Brad Paisley returns for a second go-round on a “Cars” movie soundtrack, as he contributes two songs to the “Cars 2” companion album. The new set is more score-heavy than the first (which peaked at No. 6), which could explain its lower placing.
“Cars 2” bows with just 4,000 copies sold, but it the 15-track album only features five songs. And, two of them — Japanese trio Perfume and French singer-songwriter Benabar — are by fairly unknown to American ears. That leaves us with three songs: two by Paisley (one is a duet with Robbie Williams) and a cover of the Cars’ “You Might Think” by Weezer.
Comparably, the first “Cars” set operated more like a proper song-based album, with nine of its 20 tracks being songs. And, it included Rascal Flatts’ cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway.” The tune rose to No. 7 on the Hot 100 and helped push the 2006 “Cars” soundtrack to at No. 7 debut (68,000) and a No. 6 peak a week later (75,000).