For the third week in a row, the #1 track on Hot Digital Tracks—"Low" by Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain—registered more downloads than the #1 album saw in scanned sales. In fact, every track in the top 10 logged more downloads than the #1 album achieved in sales. (Keys' chart-topping tally of 70,000 would have placed it #12 on this week's Hot Digital Tracks chart.) I'll have more on this exciting new world of digital downloads in a minute, but first let's finish off the album discussion.
Let's dig deeper into this week's top 10 albums.
2. Radiohead, In Rainbows, 69,000. The band's latest slips a notch from last week, when it vaulted to #1 with sales of 122,000. It has sold 200,000 copies to date.
4. Mary J. Blige, Growing Pains, 64,000. Blige's album continues to do well, even without a smash single. "Just Fine" slips to #62 on the Digital Tracks chart.
6. Various Artists, Now 26, 33,000. This compilation has logged nine straight weeks at #6 or better. Hey, it's almost time for Now 27.
7. Chris Brown, Exclusive, 30,000. Brown is the only artist with two hits in the top 10 on the Digital Tracks chart. "Kiss Kiss" is #8. "With You" is #9.
9. Garth Brooks, The Ultimate Hits, 28,000. Even with his much-ballyhooed "retirement" and his hiatus from regular retail channels, Brooks has managed to appear in the top 10 on SoundScan's chart in 12 of the last 18 calendar years.
10. Fergie, The Dutchess, 28,000. This brings sales to date on Fergie's album to 3,331,000—more than any other album in this week's top 10. Fergie's "Clumsy" is #6 on the Digital Tracks chart. "Big Girls Don't Cry," which was the #2 digital track of 2007, is still in the top 30 after 39 weeks. (Incidentally, The Dutchess wasn't the highest-debuting album the week of September 24, 2006. Opening one notch higher, at #2, was Clay Aiken's sophomore album, A Thousand Different Ways. Alas, Aiken's album logged just 14 weeks in the top 200. Fergie's album has spent nearly as many weeks—13, to be exact—in the top 10.)
Colbie Caillat's Coco dips from #9 to #11 to clear a spot for Fergie.
Download This: "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T Pain is #1 on Hot Digital Tracks for the seventh straight week. It's one of only five tracks to head the list that long since mid-2004. Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" and Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" both logged eight weeks at #1; Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" and "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy Tell 'Em also had seven.
Here's evidence of how fast the digital download universe has developed. The #1 digital track of 2004, Hoobastank's "The Reason," registered a modest 380,000 downloads. The top digital track of 2005, Weezer's "Beverly Hills," had more than twice as many downloads-962,000. The figure doubled again for the top digital track of 2006, Daniel Powter's "Bad Day," which had a final tally of 1,936,000. While the figure didn't double again for the 2007 champ, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," it nonetheless showed a big increase-to 2,714,000.
- Alicia Keys