Adele's "Someone Like You" logs its third week at #1 on the Hot 100 and also tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. Adele is one of only four lead artists to have two or more 2-million sellers in 2011. Katy Perry leads the pack with three. Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga have also had two. The difference, of course, is that Perry, Mars and Gaga all but define contemporary hit radio. Their records are mostly upbeat, hook-filled and ultra-catchy. Adele also gets played on contemporary hit radio, but she stands apart from it. She's definitely the one in this foursome who "doesn't fit" with the others.
Adele is the only the second British female artist in digital history to land two or more 2 million-sellers. Natasha Bedingfield reached that plateau with both her 2006 hit "Unwritten" (2,769,000) and her 2008 hit "Pocketful Of Sunshine" (3,086,000).
Adele's previous smash, "Rolling In The Deep," logged seven weeks at #1 and has sold 5,327,000 copies.
"Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera holds at #2 for the second straight week, following a four-week run at #1. The song also holds at #2 for the sixth straight week in the U.K. Aguilera poured far more time and effort into the movie Burlesque, which performed modestly the box-office. (It grossed $39,441,000 in the U.S., according to boxofficemojo.com.) And then a quick, one-off project like "Moves Like Jagger" has given Aguilera her biggest hit in a decade.
Aguilera's recording career was at a low point prior to her stint on NBC's surprise hit The Voice and the release of "Moves Like Jagger." Her 2010 album Bionic has sold just 295K copies, a poor showing for a major star, even these days. By comparison, Maroon 5's current album, Hands All Over, has sold 684,000 copies.
Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" holds at #3 for the seventh week. The last song to spend seven weeks at #3 (among songs that peaked at #3) was H-Town's 1993 smash "Knockin' Da Boots." Only two other songs have spent more weeks peaking at #3: Real McCoy's "Another Night" (11 weeks in 1994-1995) and LL Cool J's "Hey Lover (eight weeks in 1995-1996).
I admit it: I figured LMFAO would be a one-hit wonder, but this week the duo lands its second top five hit in a row as "Sexy And I Know It" jumps from #6 to #4. This gives Stefan "Redfoo" Gordy family bragging rights. His brother, Kennedy Gordy (a.k.a. Rockwell), had just one top five hit, the 1984 smash "Somebody's Watching Me." Rockwell never came close to the top five again: His next biggest hit, "Obscene Phone Caller," peaked at #35.
"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris jumps from #9 to #7 in its third week. The song also enters the U.K. chart at #1. It's Rihanna's sixth #1 hit in the U.K. Will it become a transatlantic #1? Probably. Stay tuned.
There are six collaborations in this week's top 10, down from seven from last week. You know how in grade school kids get a mark for "works well with others"? If you want to be an pop star nowadays, that's practically a job requirement.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Adele, "Someone Like You." The song holds at #1 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (218K).
3. Foster The People, "Pumped Up Kicks." The song holds at #3 for the seventh week in its 24th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (176K).
4. LMFAO, "Sexy And I Know It." The song jumps from #6 to #4 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (182K).
6. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The former #1 song dips from #5 to #6 in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 21st week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (104K).
9. Cobra Starship featuring Sabi, "You Make Me Feel..." The song rebounds from #10 to #9 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (85K).
10. Lady Gaga, "You And I." The song rebounds from #12 to #10 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (90K).
Dev's "In The Dark" jumps from #14 to #11 in its 10th week...Drake's "Headlines" jumps from #22 to #17 in its ninth week..."She Will," a former top 10 hit by Lil Wayne featuring Drake, rebounds from #27 to #22 in its eighth week. The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week...Rodney Atkins' "Take A Back Road" jumps from #31 to #23 in its 19th week. This is Atkins' first top 30 hit on the Hot 100.
"5 O'Clock" by T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen surges from #62 to #30 in its second week. This is vying to become T-Pain's 15th top 10 hit; his first as a lead artist since "Blame It" (featuring Jamie Foxx) hit #2 in May 2009. It would be the third top 10 hit for Wiz Khalifa and the first for Allen, whose highest-charting song to date, "Smile," peaked at #49 in 2007.
Daughtry's "Crawling Back To You" debuts at #41. It's the second single from the band's upcoming album Break The Spell. The song is vying to become the group's third top 10 hit.
Keith Urban's "Long Hot Summer" jumps from #46 to #45 in its 13th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Urban's 13th #1 country hit. Urban co-wrote the song with veteran hit-maker Richard Marx. This is Marx's third #1 country hit. It follows Kenny Rogers' 1985 hit "Crazy" and Urban's 2005 hit "Better Life."
J. Cole's "Work Out" jumps from #67 to #48 in its sixth week. Cole's debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, drops from #1 to #5 on The Billboard 200.
"I Like It Like That" by Hot Chelle Rae featuring New Boyz bows at #51. It's Hot Chelle Rae's follow-up to the #7 smash "Tonight Tonight."
The Glee version of Coldplay's 2005 hit "Fix You" bows at #53, six notches higher than the band's original version peaked in 2005. "Fix You" was Coldplay's follow-up to their first top 10 hit, "Speed Of Sound"...The Glee version of Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" bows at #91. B's version peaked at #29.
"Hangover" by Taio Cruz featuring Flo Rida bows at #62. It's the first single from Cruz's upcoming album TY.0. It's vying to become Cruz's third top 10 hit; Flo Rida's sixth..."I'm Flexin'" by T.I. featuring Big K.R.I.T. bows at #66. It's a non-album single...Luke Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night To End" jumps from #90 to #73 in its second week.
"I Like How It Feels" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull bows at #76. It's from a Reloaded edition of Iglesias' current album Euphoria. Iglesias and Pitbull teamed on the similarly-titled 2010 smash "I Like It," which reached #4. (Perhaps they'll explore this theme in a series of hits.) This is vying to become Iglesias' sixth top 10 hit; Pitbull's eighth...Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" re-enters the chart at #77...Zac Brown Band's "Keep Me In Mind" jumps from #99 to #83 in its second week.
Flo Rida's 2009 smash "Right Round" tops the 5 million mark in digital sales this week. It's his second song to reach the 5 million mark. "Low," his 2008 smash featuring T-Pain, has sold 6,048,000 digital copies. Mr. Rida is the only rap/hip-hop artist and the only male solo artist with two 5-million sellers. Ke$ha was featured on "Right Round," but lost her featured credit when the record was midway through its six-week run at #1.
The Fray's 2009 hit "You Found Me" tops the 3 million mark this week. It's The Fray's second song to reach 3 million. The band's 2006 hit "How To Save A Life" is up to 3,827,000.
Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink To That)" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller," a Halloween perennial, re-enters Hot Digital Songs. It has sold 2,804,000 digital copies.
R.I.P. Pianist Roger Williams recorded the most popular versions of two of the most familiar songs of the 1950s and 1960s, "Autumn Leaves" and "Born Free." His recording of "Autumn Leaves" was #1 for four weeks in 1955. His rendition of the Oscar-winning "Born Free" hit the top 10 in 1966. Williams, 87, died last week.