Chart Watch (NEW)

Week Ending Aug. 5, 2012. Songs: Phillip Phillips Is “Home”

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Phillip Phillips' "Home" rebounds from #84 to #9 in its sixth week on the Hot 100. This represents a new peak for the song, which debuted at #10 in May. The song received a big boost from NBC's Olympics coverage. It was used as the backdrop to women's gymnastics, which always draws high ratings.

"Home" leaps from #47 to #1 on Hot Digital Songs (which measures only sales, whereas the Hot 100 also factors in radio airplay and on-demand streaming activity.) This marks the first time than an American Idol champ has had the best-selling song in the U.S. in the year of his or her coronation since David Cook's "The Time Of My Life" debuted at #1 in May 2008, right after his victory.

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"Home" sold 228K copies this week, which brings its total sales to date to 844K. It's the best-selling coronation song by an Idol champ since "The Time Of My Life," which has sold 1,459,000 copies. ("Home" just this week surged past Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big," which has sold 839K copies.)

One other Idol champ has had a #1 hit on Hot Digital Songs, but not in his or her year of coronation. Kelly Clarkson topped the digital chart for two weeks earlier this year with "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."

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Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is #1 on the Hot 100 for the ninth straight week. It's the longest-running #1 of 2012, surpassing "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, which had eight weeks on top. This marks the first time that a hit by a Canadian artist has logged nine weeks at #1 since Percy Faith's "The Theme From `A Summer Place'" achieved the feat in 1960. That shimmering instrumental won the Grammy for Record of the Year. This marks the first time that a strictly solo recording by a female artist (no collabos) has logged nine weeks at #1 since Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" did it in early 2010.

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"Call Me Maybe" tops the 5 million mark in its 24th week. Only one other song in digital history has reached 5 million this quickly. That's "Somebody That I Used To Know," which reached 5 million in 23 weeks. (The old record for a song by a female solo artist was Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," which hit 5 million in 35 weeks.)

"Call Me Maybe" is the third song to top the 5 million mark in 2012 sales. It follows "Somebody That I Used To Know" (which this week tops 6 million in 2012 sales) and "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae. This marks the first time that three songs have topped the 5 million mark in a calendar year. There were two 5-million-sellers last year.

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Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #5 to #2 (a new peak) in its 33rd week on the chart. It has a good chance of hitting #1 next week. Its main competitor appears to be Flo Rida's "Whistle," which jumps from #4 to #3 in its 12th week.

Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" drops from #2 to #4. Barring a turnaround, it will become her first single to peak at #2. Perry has amassed seven #1 hits on the Hot 100, from 2008's "I Kissed A Girl" to this year's "Part Of Me," but until now had never stalled in the runner-up spot.

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Of the 18 artists who have amassed seven or more #1 hits since 1955, only one act never had a #2 record. Bee Gees had nine #1 hits from 1971's "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" to 1979's "Love You Inside Out," and never once peaked at #2. For them, coming that close only to fall short would have been a "Tragedy." (Sorry.)

You probably know by now that Bee Gees are back in the top 10 on The Billboard 200. Their Number Ones compilation re-enters the chart at #5 due to a 99-cent sale at Amazon MP3.

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"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa drops from #3 to #5 in its 16th week. This is the first time the song hasn't ranked in the top three. The smash may be just six weeks away from becoming the first song in Hot 100 history to spend its first 22 weeks in the top 10. It would break a record set just last month by Nicki Minaj's "Starships," which spent its first 21 weeks in the top 10. Stay tuned.

Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" holds at #1 for the ninth week in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10.  Digital sales rank: #3 (166K)… Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #5 to #2 (a new peak) in its 33rd week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (120K)… Flo Rida's "Whistle" jumps from #4 to #3 (a new peak) in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (222K)…Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" drops from #2 to #4 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (130K)…"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa drops from #3 to #5  its 16th week on the chart. It has been in the top five the entire time. Digital sales rank: #11 (106K).

The Second Five: "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra holds at #6 for the second week in its 31st week on the chart. This is its 23rd week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (82K)…Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" holds at #7 for the third week in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #26 (54K)..."Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia holds at #8 for the fourth week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (90K)… Phillip Phillips' "Home" rebounds from #84 to #9 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (228K)… P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" holds at #10 for the third week in its fifth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (118K).

Usher's "Scream" drops from #9 to #12, ending a six-week run in the top 10.

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.fun's "Some Nights" holds at #11 for the second week in its 24th week. Digital sales rank: #4 (139K)…Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" dips from #12 to #13 in its eighth week. Digital sales rank: #6 (122K)..."Good Time" by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen dips from #13 to #14 in its sixth week. Digital sales rank: #9 (118K). "Good Time" has ranked in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs for five weeks, "Want U Back" for four and "Some Nights" for three. Radio airplay has yet to catch up to digital sales on these three titles. But there's still time.

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"As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean jumps from #28 to #15 in its seventh week. The smartly-designed record is Bieber's 10th top 20 hit. It's likely to become his third top five hit. Digital sales rank: #7 (122K)…Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart A Break" holds at #18 in its 18th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week…Alex Clare's "Too Close" jumps from #30 to #24 in its 19th week. This song also tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

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"No Lie" by 2 Chainz featuring Drake jumps from #27 to #26 in its 13th week. The song jumps to #1 on this week's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It displaces another song on which 2 Chainz was a co-equal participant, "Mercy" (a collabo with Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T). "No Lie" is Drake's 10th #1 R&B hit. 2 Chainz's debut album, Based On A T.R.U. Story, is due Aug. 14. It's expected to debut at #1...Kenny Chesney's "Come Over" drops from #25 to #29 in its 12th week. The song peaked at #23. The song holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week.

Maroon 5's "One More Night" vaults from #54 to #30 (a new high) in its seventh week. This gives the group two songs in the top 30. Will they have two in the top 20 or (maybe even the top 10) in a few weeks? Place your bets…The two biggest stars to emerge from American Idol both have fast-rising hits. Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side" jumps from #49 to #44 in its seventh week…Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" leaps from #72 to #47 in its fifth week.

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Nicki Minaj's "Pound The Alarm" vaults from #92 to #50 in its second week. It's the third top 50 hit from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, following "Starships" (#5) and "Beez In The Trap" (featuring 2 Chainz, #48)…Matchbox Twenty's "She's So Mean" jumps from #70 to #63 in its sixth week. Will it match the #26 peak of the Rolling Stones' 1980 hit "She's So Cold"? Stay tuned…Train's "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" jumps from #83 to #71 in its fourth week…"Pop That" by French Montana featuring Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne jumps from #86 to #78 in its fourth week. That's some high-powered assistance.

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"New Day" by 50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys is the week's top new entry at #79. It's from 50's fifth studio album, Street King Immortal, which is due Nov. 5… Miguel's "Adorn" debuts at #82. It's from his second studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream, which is due Oct. 2…Miranda Lambert's "Fastest Girl In Town" jumps from #94 to #85 in its second week…Rascal Flatts' "Come Wake Me Up" jumps from #98 to #87 in its second week.

"Diced Pineapples" by Rick Ross featuring Drake & Wale debuts at #89. It's from Ross' God Forgives, I Don't, which enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week…Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" debuts at #93. It's from the band's EP Continued Silence. The song was featured in an ad for an upcoming NBC series during the network's Olympics coverage…"Enough Of No Love" by Keyshia Cole featuring Lil Wayne debuts at #94. It's from Cole's upcoming fifth studio album, Woman To WomanNe-Yo's "Let Me Love You" debuts at #99. It's from his fifth studio album, R.E.D., which is due in December… Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" debuts at #100. It's from his upcoming debut album, Good Kid, Mad City.

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"Glamorous" by Fergie featuring Ludacris tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the third song from Fergie's smash 2006 album The Dutchess to hit this mark. It follows "Big Girls Don't Cry" (3,833,000) and "Fergalicious" (featuring will.i.am, 3,063,000). This is the fifth 3-million seller as a featured artist for Ludacris. It follows Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart" (3,712,000), Justin Bieber's "Baby" (3,685,000), Usher's "Yeah!" (which also featured Lil Jon, 3,575,000) and Enrique Iglesias' "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" (3,068,000). Alas, Ludacris has yet to land a 3-million-seller as a lead artist. His top-seller with himself in the lead position is "How Low" (2,216,000).

Taylor Swift's "Our Song" also tops the 3 million mark in digital sales. It's the eighth country song to reach this mark. Swift has three of them. No other country artist has more than one. Swift's other songs at or above this plateau are "Love Story" (5,375,000) and "You Belong With Me" (4,110,000).

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