Lil Wayne's fans have remained loyal to the rapper, who is nearing the end of a one-year prison sentence. His new hit, "Right Above It" (featuring Drake), enters Hot Digital Songs at #1. This is, amazingly, Lil Wayne's first #1 digital hit. "Lollipop," his 2008 smash (featuring Static Major), logged 12 weeks in the top five, but never climbed higher than #2.
Lil Wayne began serving a one-year prison sentence in March for illegal possession of a weapon. He is expected to be released in November after serving eight months.
Even though it was never the best-selling digital hit in the U.S. during any one week, "Lollipop" has sold a very healthy 3,951,000 copies. It is still selling about 5,000 copies a week, which means it will probably top the 4 million mark right around the time Lil Wayne is released from prison.Taylor Swift's Fearless had 11 weeks on top in 2008 and 2009. It's the longest that a rap album has ranked #1 since OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had seven weeks on top in 2003 and 2004. Both albums won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
Eminem will probably also get some major Grammy recognition when the nominations are announced on Dec. 1. He has a good chance of being in the running for Album of the Year for Recovery, as well as Record and/or Song of the Year for either "Not Afraid" or "Love The Way You Lie."Sheryl Crow and Barbra Streisand. His haul includes four wins for Best Rap Album, which is more than any other artist in the category's 15-year history.
So, how is he a Grammy loser? In all this time, Eminem has yet to win in one of the "Big Four" categories-Album, Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Steely Dan's Two Against Nature. The Eminem Show was nominated for the same award for 2002, but lost to Norah Jones' Come Away With Me.The witty "Without Me" made the finals for Record of the Year for 2002, but lost to Jones' silky "Don't Know Why." The anthemic (and Oscar-winning) "Lose Yourself" was nominated for both Record and Song of the Year for 2003, but lost to Coldplay's "Clocks" (for Record) and the heart-tugging Luther Vandross/Richard Marx ballad "Dance With My Father" (for Song).Christina Aguilera. (The other nominees were Macy Gray, Kid Rock, Britney Spears and Susan Tedeschi).
Recovery sold 116,000 copies this week. Billboard's Keith Caulfield reports that it's the first album to top the 100,000 mark in weekly sales in each of its first nine weeks since NOW 20 did the trick in late 2005. It's the first non-compilation to achieve the feat since Mariah Carey's The Emancipation Of Mimi, which topped 100K in each of its first 13 weeks in 2005.
The Final Frontier enters the U.K. chart at #1. It's the band's fourth #1 in that country, following 1982's The Number Of The Beast, 1988's Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son and 1992's Fear Of The Dark.
Trace Adkins' Cowboy's Back In Town debuts at #5. It's the country singer's third top 10 album. Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1 hit #9 in 2004. Dangerous Man reached #3 in 2006. It's also Adkins' fourth album to hit #1 on the Country Albums chart.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Learning To Fly."Jack Johnson (which has sold 49K), Adele (24K), Taylor Swift (23K), Sarah McLachlan (23K) and Ben Folds (20K). Lady A's album has already outsold iTunes albums by David Gray (17K), Rob Thomas (17K), Fiona Apple (16K), Death Cab For Cutie (16K) and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (15K).
Lil Wayne isn't the only rapper to enter the Hot Digital Songs chart inside the top 10 this week. Nelly pops on at #8 with "Just A Dream." It's his first top 10 hit since "Grillz" peaked at #2 in early 2006. "Just A Dream" is from Nelly's upcoming album 5.0, which is due Nov. 16.Bruno Mars to co-write a song titled "Just The Way You Are." A Billy Joel song with the same title was a million-seller in 1978 and quickly became a contemporary standard. But Mars' song is strong enough to withstand comparisons. It's an important record for Mars-his first solo release following back-to-back smashes by B.o.B and Travie McCoy on which he was featured. Between these three hits, Mars has been in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs in 19 of the past 24 weeks.
Here's the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs, as calculated by Nielsen/SoundScan. Lil Wayne featuring Drake's "Right Above It" debuts at #1 (225K). Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" jumps from #3 to #2 (209K). Eminem featuring Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie" drops from #1 to #3 (207K). Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" drops from #2 to #4 (199K). Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull's "I Like It" holds at #5 (150K). Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" jumps from #12 to #6 (144K). Usher featuring Pitbull's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" dips from #6 to #7 (137K). Nelly's "Just A Dream" debuts at #8 (135K). B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo's "Magic" drops from #7 to #9 (134K). Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me" drops from #8 to #10 (109K).Jimmie Rodgers and George Gershwin to Aaliyah and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. I enjoyed putting it together, but it was sobering to think how many great talents died far too young. Look for it on Friday.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.Eminem, Recovery, 116,000. The album logs its seventh week at #1. It's Em's longest run at #1 since The Marshall Mathers LP had eight weeks on top in 2000. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Love The Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna), which drops from #1 to #3. Kem, Intimacy: Album III, 74,000. This new entry is the R&B singer's second top five album in a row. Album II hit #5 in 2005. Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, God-Willin'-& The Creek-Don't-Rise, 64,000. This new entry is the folk singer's second studio album in a row to debut at #3. It follows 2008's Gossip In The Grain. Nearly half of the copies (31,000) were sold digitally, which makes it this the week's #1 Digital Album. Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier, 63,000. This new entry is the veteran band's highest-charting album to date. Trace Adkins, Cowboy's Back In Town, 50,000. This new entry is the country singer's third top 10 album. "This Ain't No Love Song" enters Hot Digital Songs at #136. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now, 32,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #12 to #6 in its 30th week. This is its 27th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Need You Now," which rebounds from #65 to #27. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs, 31,000. The former #1 album slips from #2 to #7 in its third week. The album has sold 240K copies in three weeks. Justin Bieber, My World 2.0, 30,000. The former #1 album drops from #5 to #7 in its 22nd week. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Somebody To Love," which drops from #64 to #73. David Gray, Foundling, 25,000. This new entry is Gray's first top 10 album (and his fourth to make the top 20). Gray was a Grammy nominee for Best New Artist in 2001. "Holding On" enters Hot Digital Songs at #176. John Mellencamp, No Better Than This, 24,000. This new entry is Mellencamp's 10th top 10 album. The rocker first cracked the top 10 in June 1982 with American Fool. At his commercial peak in the '80s, he had five consecutive top 10 albums. T Bone Burnett produced the new album.
The soundtrack to Camp Rock spent its first 10 weeks in the top 10 in 2008. The soundtrack to Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam slips from #3 to #13 in its second week. But the album may get a second wind when the Disney Channel movie airs on Sept. 3. It is, in any event, the #1 soundtrack for the second week in a row.
Five other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Black Label Society's Order Of The Black dives from #4 to #37, Blake Shelton's All About Tonight drops from #6 to #18, Rick Ross' Teflon Don falls from #7 to #11, Mike Posner's 31 Minutes To Takeoff plummets from #8 to #46, Kidz Bop Kids' Kidz Bop 18 drops from #9 to #15, and Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare drops from #10 to #14.Hey Monday, debuts at #25 with Beneath It All.
Brian Wilson's Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin debuts at #26. This is the second time since 1955 that a tribute album to George Gershwin has cracked the top 30. Jazz legend Sarah Vaughan hit #14 in 1957 with Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin. Gershwin is the third songwriter or songwriting team from the era of the "Great American Songbook" to be saluted with a pair of top 30 albums. He follows Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.
Gershwin landed his first major hit, Al Jolson's "Swanee," in May 1920. This gives Gershwin significant chart presence spanning more than 90 years. (Top that, Lady Gaga!) Gershwin's most ground-breaking works are the pop/classical fusion "Rhapsody In Blue" (1924) and the folk opera Porgy & Bess (1935). Other Gershwin classics, mostly written with his older brother Ira Gershwin, include "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Our Love Is Here To Stay" and the Oscar-nominated "They Can't Take That Away From Me."Gene Kelly, won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1951. The TV special Jack Lemmon in 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Program, Variety or Music in 1972. Crazy For You won the Tony for Best Musical in 1992. (For their part, the Grammys awarded the brothers a posthumous Trustees Award in 1986.)
Katy Perry's 2008 debut album, One Of The Boys, dips from #79 to #82. It's #1 on the Catalog Albums chart for the second straight week. The album sold 5,000 copies this week. Perry's sophomore album, Teenage Dream, will likely debut at #1 next week with sales of about 200,000 copies.
The Expendables was #1 at the box-office for the second straight weekend. An album featuring Brian Tyler's original score has sold fewer than 1,000 copies.
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Justin Timberlake's 2007 hit "What Goes Around...Comes Around" also tops the 2 million mark in paid downloads. It's Timberlake's second song as a lead artist to reach this plateau, following "SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland), which is up to 3,487,000...Drake's "Over" and Shontelle's "Impossible" top the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week.link to Joel's site. Fantasia's Back To Me will probably open at #2, with sales of about 125K. Also due: Little Big Town's The Reason Why, Usher's Versus, Never Shout Never's Harmony, Randy Rogers Band's Burning The Day, Devil Wears Prada's Zombie, Apocalyptica's 7th Symphony, Natalie Grant's Love Revolution and Randy Travis' I'll Fly Away.
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