Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" jumps from #23 to #9 on the Hot 100, thanks to an assist from an unlikely source: rapper Ludacris. The two stars performed the song on the annual CMT Awards on June 8. They also recorded a studio version of their collabo, which sold 75K digital copies this week. That represented 44% of the song's overall sales tally of 169K for the week.
A similar surprise pairing on the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3 featured Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland joining forces on Rihanna's current hit "California King Bed." These are among the most head-turning collabos since "Over And Over" by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 in December 2004.
"Dirt Road Anthem" is Aldean's highest-charting hit on the Hot 100, topping "Big Green Tractor," which reached #18 in 2009. The current hit jumps from #16 to #4 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, which combines all versions of a song by one artist.
Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" logs its sixth consecutive week at #1 on the Hot 100, which ties Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" for the longest run at #1 in 2011. "Rolling In The Deep" has also been #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the past six weeks. It's the first song to spend six consecutive weeks as the nation's top-selling digital hit since "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna last summer.
Even more impressively, "Rolling In The Deep" has become one of the biggest multi-format hits in recent years. In the current issue of Billboard, the song holds at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart, holds at #18 on the Rock Songs chart and jumps from #100 to #82 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
"Rolling In The Deep" has sold 3,580,000 digital copies, which makes it the #2 digital seller so far this year. It trails only "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, which has sold 3,809,000 copies since the beginning of the year.
"Give Me Anything" by Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer holds at #2 for the third straight week. "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock jumps from #6 to #3. Both of these songs have already reached #1 in the U.K. So if either of them is able to oust "Rolling In The Deep" from the top spot on the Hot 100, it will instantly become a transatlantic #1. ("Rolling In The Deep" doesn't qualify for the transatlantic title: It peaked at #2 in the U.K.)
In addition, "Party Rock Anthem" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales in the U.S. this week.
Lady Gaga's "The Edge Of Glory" jumps from #7 to #6 in the week after Clarence Clemons, who played sax on the record, suffered a stroke at his home in Florida. Clemons, a long-time member of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, also played on "Hair," a second hit from Gaga's Born This Way album. He also performed with her on the American Idol finale last month.
Nicki Minaj this week lands her first top 10 hit as a lead artist with "Super Bass." The song is from Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday, which hit #1 in February. The album has sold 1,419,000 copies to date. Minaj is the front-runner to win the Grammy for Best New Artist next year. Voters often favor female artists in that category.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Adele, "Rolling In The Deep." The song holds at #1 for the sixth straight week in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (224K).
2. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, "Give Me Everything." The song holds at #2 for the third week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (211K).
3. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The song jumps from #6 to #3 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (189K).
5. Bruno Mars, "The Lazy Song." The song dips from #4 to #5 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (133K).
6. Lady Gaga, "The Edge Of Glory." The song jumps from #7 to #6 in its fifth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (154K).
7. Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull, "On The Floor." The song drops from #5 to #7 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (116K).
8. The Black Eyed Peas, "Just Can't Get Enough." The song holds at #8 for the second week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (88K).
9. Jason Aldean, "Dirt Road Anthem." The song jumps from #23 to #9 in its 10th week on the chart. It's Aldean's first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #4 (169K).
10. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." The song jumps from #11 to #10 in its seventh week on the chart. It's Minaj's third top 10 hit, following two songs on which she was featured: Trey Songz's "Bottoms Up" and Britney Spears' "Till The World Ends." Digital sales rank: #6 (143K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Britney Spears' "Till The World Ends" drops from #9 to #12 in its 15th week. Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Goes On" dips from #10 to #11 in its 24th week.
Lil Wayne's "How To Love" dips from #12 to #13 in its third week. This is vying to become Lil Wayne's 15th top 10 hit, but it would be only his second top 10 hit on which he was flying solo, without billed collaborators. (The first was "A Milli" in 2008.) Digital sales rank: #8 (133K).
Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" jumps from #29 to #14 in its second week. This was the song's first full week of sales availability. It's vying to become Coldplay's third top 10 hit, following "Speed Of Sound" and "Viva La Vida." Digital sales rank: #7 (136K).
Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee" dips from #19 to #21 in its 10th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Shelton's ninth #1 on that chart..."Motivation" by Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne jumps from #25 to #23 in its ninth week. The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fourth straight week.
Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" vaults from #63 to #31 in its second week. It's vying to become the fifth #1 hit from Perry's Teenage Dream album. No female artist has ever pulled five #1 hits from an album.
Paramore's "Monster" debuts at #36. The song is from the upcoming Transformers: Dark Of The Moon soundtrack. Paramore had good luck with a previous movie song. "Decode," from the 2008 box-office champ Twilight, reached #33. "Monster" is vying to become the group's first top 20 hit. Its highest-charting hit to date is "The Only Exception," which reached #24. Lead singer Hayley Williams was featured on B.o.B's "Airplanes," which hit #2 a year ago.
The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" re-enters the chart at #46 in the wake of the release of a pop radio remix of the song. This is the song's 29th week on the Hot 100. It has climbed as high as #19. The song has already sold 2,117,000 digital copies, which makes it the 11th best-selling country hit in digital history. If this remix enables it to sell 1 million more copies, it will move up to #5 on that list.
"Remind Me," a duet by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, debuts at #59. The equal billing reflects the fact that the stars are closely matched in star power. Paisley is bigger in the country market (he's the Country Music Assn.'s reigning Entertainer of the Year). Underwood is more established in the pop market (she has amassed four top 10 hits on the Hot 100, whereas Paisley has yet to crack the top 20). "Remind Me" got a three-week head-start on Hot Country Songs. It jumps to #21 on that chart this week.
Rihanna's "Man Down" jumps from #68 to #63 in its third week..."Out Of My Head" by Lupe Fiasco featuring Trey Songz jumps from #87 to #70 in its third week. The song is vying to become the third top 10 hit for both artists.
Pitbull's "Pause" debuts at #73. The song is vying to become Pitbull's eighth top 10 hit. As with Lil Wayne, the bulk of these hits have been collaborations. "Pause" would be only his third strictly solo top 10 hit, following "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" and "Hotel Room Service"...Beyonce's "Best Thing I Never Had" jumps from #84 to #75 in its second week.
Dia Frampton's version of Kanye West's "Heartless" debuts at #78. Frampton, 23, is a finalist on NBC's The Voice. This is third cover version of West's song to reach the Hot 100. An acoustic version by Kris Allen debuted and peaked at #16 in June 2009, shortly after he was named the Season 8 winner of American Idol. The Fray took it to #79 that same year. It's unusual for a song to have so many charted cover versions in this day and age. West's original version reached #2 in February 2009.
Are you wondering what has happened to the initial releases by this year's top American Idol contestants? Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" drops from #35 to #68, two weeks after debuting and peaking at #11. Lauren Alaina's "Like My Mother Does" drops off the chart from #60, two weeks after debuting and peaking at #20. Both artists will get a second shot when their debut albums are released later this year.
Natasha Bedingfield's 2008 smash "Pocketful Of Sunshine" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. Bedingfield's 2006 hit "Unwritten" isn't far behind. It has sold 2,731,000 digital copies. Both songs reached #5 on the Hot 100.
Ke$ha's current hit, "Blow," tops the 2 million mark in digital sales. It's her sixth song to reach this plateau, following "TiK ToK" (5,897,000), "We R Who We R" (3,365,000), "Your Love Is My Drug" (2,881,000), "Take It Off" (2,134,000) and "Blah Blah Blah" (with 3OH!3, 2,132,000). ("Blow" is still percolating. This week, it rebounds from #20 to #19.)
Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales. It's the 12th country song to reach this milestone; the first by a country duo. The next best-selling song by a country twosome is Big & Rich's 2004 hit "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)," which has sold 1,732,000 copies. Sugarland also has the third best-selling digital hit by a country duo. Its 2008 hit "Stay" has sold 1,643,000 copies. ("Stuck Like Glue" is a great record, and an even better video. Jennifer Nettles has real comic flair.)