"What's My Name" will be Rihanna's eighth #1 hit on the Hot 100 in just 4-1/2 years. The 22-year old superstar first topped the chart in May 2006 with "SOS."Jay-Z) and (my favorite) "Take A Bow."
"What's My Name?" also enters Hot Digital Songs at #1 this week. The song sold 235,000 copies in its first week. This is the second week in a row that a song has entered Hot Digital Songs at #1. Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" achieved the feat last week. This is the second time so far this year that songs have bowed at #1 in back-to-back weeks on this chart. Eminem's "Not Afraid" and Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg's "California Gurls" did it in May.Train's "Hey Soul Sister" as the song that has sold the most downloads in 2010. Sales of both songs round off to 4,040,000, but "California Gurls" is ahead by a hair. "Hey Soul Sister" sold an additional 687,000 copies in 2009, so it is still ahead overall. "California Gurls" sold 27,000 copies this week. "Hey Soul Sister" sold 18,000. Carrie Underwood, debuts at #9 with the double-disk Hits Alive.
This marks the first time that country albums have swept the top three spots since Oct. 28, 2007 (the first week of Chart Watch!), when albums by Carrie Underwood, Robert Plant/Alison Krauss and Gary Allan debuted in the top three spots.
Swift is the first female country solo artist to spend her first two weeks at #1 since Shania Twain spent her first five weeks on top in 2002 with Up! You may be surprised to learn that Fearless didn't stay on top in its second week. It fell to fourth place, behind three new entries that week: Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce, Nickelback's Dark Horse and David Cook's David Cook. (Fearless returned to #1 in its fifth week and spent a total of 11 weeks on top.)
the Beatles have had more. At the height of Beatlemania in April 1964, they had 14 of the Hot 100 singles. (David Cook also put 11 songs on the Hot 100 simultaneously in June 2008, in the wake of his American Idol victory.)
Here's another sign of country's potency: This is the seventh week in a row that the week's top new entry has been a country album. Aldean's My Kinda Party follows albums by Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker, Sugarland and Taylor Swift. All of these albums debuted at #1 except for the albums by Rucker and Aldean, which bowed at #2.
Mariah Carey's new album, Merry Christmas II You, enters The Billboard 200 at #4. It's the first holiday album to crack the top 10 this season. Two holiday EPs are listed in this week's top 20. Lady Antebellum's A Merry Little Christmas vaults from #42 to #17. Taylor Swift's The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection jumps from #29 to #20.
Eminem's Recovery dips from #5 to #7. This is its 20th consecutive week in the top 10. Recovery is the first rap album to spend its first 20 weeks in the top 10 since 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin' spent its first 24 weeks in the top 10 in 2003. It's Eminem's first album to achieve the feat since The Eminem Show spent its first 26 weeks in the top 10 in 2002.
Diamond first cracked the top 10 in September 1970 with Neil Diamond/Gold, a live album that was recorded at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif.
Here's the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs, as calculated by Nielsen/SoundScan. Rihanna's "What's My Name?" debuts at #1 (235K). Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" dips from #1 to #2 (220K). Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev's "Like A G6" dips from #2 to #3 (168K). P!nk's "Raise Your Glass" rebounds from #9 to #4 (160K). Rihanna's "Only Girl In The World)" drops from #3 to #5 (150K). Katy Perry's "Firework" vaults from #33 to #6 (145K). Nelly's "Just A Dream" drops from #5 to #7 (137K). Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" dips from #7 to #8 (126K). Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj's "Bottoms Up" drops from #6 to #9 (125K). Willow's "Whip My Hair" drops from #4 to #10 (125K).
Carole King's first appearance on the Hot 100, as co-writer of the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." The single went on to become a #1 hit. King went on to enormous success as both a songwriter ("The Loco-Motion" and "Up On The Roof," to name just two of her dozens of hits) and as a recording artist (Tapestry and this year's Live At The Troubadour). On Friday, I'll have a Chart Watch Extra in which I look at 40 milestones in the career of a pop legend.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.Taylor Swift, Speak Now, 320,000. The album holds at #1 for the second week. Thirteen songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Mean," which re-enters at #29.
Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party, 193,000. This new entry is the highest-charting of Aldean's three top 10 albums. His last two albums, Relentless and Wide Open, both peaked at #4. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Don't You Wanna Stay" (featuring Kelly Clarkson), which debuts at #58.
Sugarland, The Incredible Machine, 60,000. The former #1 album dips from #2 to #3 in its third week. "Stuck Like Glue" jumps from #37 to #31 on Hot Digital Songs. Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You, 55,000. This new entry is Carey's 16th top 10 album, a total topped by only two female artists: Barbra Streisand (30) and Madonna (19). The album includes a new, "extra festive" recording of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The perennial re-enters Hot Digital Songs at #133. Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being, 45,000. The former #1 album dips from #4 to #5 in its sixth week. Weezy is again a free man, having been released from prison last week. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Right Above It" (featuring Drake), which jumps from #32 to #30.
Kings Of Leon, Come Around Sundown, 40,000. The album drops from #3 to #6 in its third week. "Radioactive" drops from #73 to #105 on Hot Digital Songs.
Eminem, Recovery, 38,000. The former #1 album drops from #5 to #7 in its 20th week. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Love The Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna), which drops from #23 to #27. Neil Diamond, Dreams, 35,000. This new entry is Diamond's 17th top 10 album. This is Diamond's third studio album in a row to make the top 10. That's his longest such streak since he scored with six straight studio albums from 1972's Moods to 1980's September Morn. Brad Paisley, Hits Alive, 31,000. This new entry is Paisley's sixth top 10 album. "Anything Like Me" leaps from #164 to #104 on Hot Digital Songs. Elton John/Leon Russell, The Union, 27,000. The album drops from #6 to #10 in its third week. It has sold 144K copies to date.
Two EPs that were in the top 10 last week plummet out of the top 40. Glee: The Rocky Horror Glee Show dives from #7 to #47. Michael Buble's Hollywood: The Deluxe EP falls from #10 to #43. Two full-length albums also drop out of the top 10, but they don't fall as far. Rod Stewart's Fly Me To The Moon...Great American Songbook V drops from #8 to #11. Darius Rucker's Charleston, SC 1966 drops from #9 to #14.Wings) topped The Billboard 200 for four weeks in 1974. It spawned three top 10 hits on the Hot 100 ("Helen Wheels," "Jet" and "Band On The Run"). It was McCartney's first post-Beatles album to receive a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
Pop Quiz: Band On The Run was one of only three albums by ex-Beatles to spawn three top 10 hits on the Hot 100. Name the other two. Answer below.
The Sound Of Music topped The Billboard 200 for two weeks in November 1965. It logged 108 weeks in the top 10 from 1965 to 1968, longer than any other album since separate stereo and mono charts were merged into one comprehensive survey in 1963. The album received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. The movie won five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Amazingly, The Sound Of Music is this week's top soundtrack to a (once) theatrically-released movie. It was the highest-charting soundtrack for 42 weeks in the '60s. It was also the top soundtrack for two weeks in April 1976, after the movie had its first network TV broadcast (on ABC on Feb. 29). (That was the equivalent of a Blu-Ray release back in the day.)
Hannah Montana Forever is the week's top TV soundtrack. It drops from #17 to #26 on The Billboard 200.Ringo Starr's Ringo and John Lennon/Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy. Ringo spun off "Photograph," "You're Sixteen" and "Oh My My." Double Fantasy spawned "(Just Like) Starting Over," "Woman" and "Watching The Wheels."
Megamind, an animated movie starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey, was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The soundtrack features score music by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe as well as such oldies as Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" and Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You," #1's both. The album hasn't charted yet.
Queen is a big act in rock history, but you may not be aware just how big. The band's 1977 smash "We Will Rock You" tops the 2 million mark in paid downloads this week. It's the band's second song to reach this level. Its 1975 hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" has sold 2,217,000 copies. No other act has topped the 2 million mark with more than one song from the '70s or '80s. (Michael Jackson is very close, but "Billie Jean" hasn't quite reached 2M.)
Song Scorecard: Two songs top the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week: Neon Trees' "Animal" and Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj's "Bottoms Up."Susan Boyle's The Gift will battle Taylor Swift's album for #1 next week. Both albums are expected to sell about 250K copies. Which will come out on top? Place your bets. Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager will probably debut at #3, with sales in the range of 200K. Also likely to debut in the top 10: Now 36, Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits Ultimate Collection and Reba McEntire's All The Women I Am. Also due: Cee-Lo Green's The Lady Killer, Alter Bridge's AB III, Twista's Perfect Storm, Underoath's O (Disambiguation), Elvis Presley's Viva Elvis, Blake Shelton's Loaded: The Best Of Blake Shelton, Dave Matthews Band's Live In New York City and Quincy Jones' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.
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