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Week Ending July 10, 2011. Songs: Rolling Over Everybody

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Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" this week surpasses "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West as the best-selling song so far in 2011. "Rolling In The Deep" has sold 4,227,000 copies so far this year, compared to 4,193,000 for "E.T." The Perry/West collabo became the year's top-seller since in May, when it pulled ahead of  Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)."

"Rolling In The Deep," a late 2010 release which has sold 4,335,000 copies overall, is the best-selling song by a female British artist in digital history. Last week, it pulled ahead of Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love," which has sold 4,188,000 copies. Only two songs by British artists (male, female or group) have sold more digital copies than "Rolling In The Deep." Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" has sold 5,183,000. Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" has sold 5,026,000.

"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock tops the Hot 100 for the second straight week. The smash spent four weeks at #1 in the U.K. in April and May. This is the first song to spend two or more weeks at #1 in both countries since Bruno Mars' "Grenade," which held the top spot for two weeks in the U.K. and four weeks in the U.S.  It's the first collabo to achieve the feat since "California Gurls" by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, which held the top spot for two weeks in the U.K. and six weeks in the U.S.

"Party Rock Anthem" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. The aptly-titled song is #18 for the year-to-date.

OneRepublic's "Good Life" jumps from #9 to #8 in its 15th week on the Hot 100. Though it's the group's first top 10 hit since "Apologize," its 2007 smash with Timbaland, group leader Ryan Tedder has been a regular in the top 10. He has co-written and produced or co-produced three top 10 hits for other artists: Leona Lewis' aforementioned "Bleeding Love," Beyonce's "Halo" and Jordin Sparks' "Battlefield." (The first two of these hits received Grammy nominations for Record of the Year.) He was also featured on Far*East Movement's top 10 hit "Rocketeer."

"Good Life" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. OneRepublic has two songs on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the top 200 songs in digital history: Apologize" (5,070,000) and "Stop And Stare" (2,230,000),

Shameless Plug: Daniel Powter touched a nerve with his 2006 smash "Bad Day." The song topped the Hot 100 for five weeks and became the first song ever to sell 2 million digital copies in the U.S. But Powter has yet to return to the Hot 100. He is one of 22 artists who had a top five hit between 1986 and 2010 but who has yet to return to (or even bubble under) the Hot 100. On Monday, I posted a Chart Watch Extra in which I looked at these one-hit wonders. If you missed it, here's a link.

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

 

1. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The song holds at #1 for the second week in its 16th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (236K).

2. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, "Give Me Everything." The former #1 song holds at #2 for the second week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (159K).

3. Adele, "Rolling In The Deep." The former #1 smash holds at #3 for the second week in its 27th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (137K).

4. Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." The song holds at #4 for the fourth week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Will it become the fifth #1 from Teenage Dream, matching the record set by Michael Jackson's Bad? Stay tuned. Digital sales rank: #2 (192K).

5. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." The song holds at #5 for the third week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (158K).

6. Lady Gaga, "The Edge Of Glory." The song holds at #6 for the fifth week in its ninth week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (103K).

7. Lil Wayne, "How To Love." The song jumps from #8 to #7 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (129K).

8. OneRepublic, "Good Life." The song jumps from #9 to #8 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (137K).

9. Hot Chelle Rae, "Tonight Tonight." The song jumps from #10 to #9 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (129K).

10. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." The former #1 smash drops from #7 to #10 in its 22nd week on the chart.  This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (73K).

 

Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem," which climbed as high as #7 last month, holds at #11 for the third straight week. Digital sales rank: #9 (126K).

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Britney Spears lands her fourth top 20 hit in a row as "I Wanna Go" jumps from #22 to #17 in its fifth week. It follows "3," "Hold It Against Me" and "Till The World Ends." This is the first time that Spears has hit the top 20 with four singles in a row.

I have more good news for Spears: "Till The World Ends" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her fourth song to reach this milestone. (Bear in mind that her early hits were released before the advent of digital.)

"Motivation" by Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne jumps from #21 to #19 in its 13th week. This is its first time in the top 20. In addition, the song regains the #1 spot on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. This is its seventh week on top.

Beyonce's "Best Thing I Never Had" jumps from #29 to #23 in its sixth week. It's vying to become B's first top 20 hit since Lady Gaga's "Telephone" (on which she was featured) hit #3 in April 2010.

"Best Thing I Never Had" is the best kiss-off song by a woman who has reached her breaking point with a man since Rihanna's "Take A Bow," a #1 hit in 2008. Other classics of the genre include Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good," Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin' and Julie London's "Cry Me A River." You can track this genre back at least to Mary Martin singing "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," a stand-out from the 1949 Broadway smash, South Pacific.

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The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" jumps from #31 to #24 in its 33rd week. The song has sold 2,355,000 digital copies, which makes it the ninth best-selling country song in digital history. Among hits by groups or duos, it's fourth, behind Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (5,210,000), Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried" (2,824,000) and Rascal Flatts' "Life Is A Highway" (2,639,000).

"Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars rebounds from #58 to #33 in its fourth week. The song debuted (and peaked, at least so far) at #16 last month..."Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez & the Scene jumps from #66 to #35 in its third week. It's vying to become the act's first top 20 hit. "Who Says" peaked at #21 two weeks ago...Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" jumps from #60 to #46 in its 11th week...Justin Moore's "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" jumps from #55 to #49 in its 17th week. In addition, the song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Moore's second #1 on that chart, following "Small Town USA," which scored in October 2009.

"Right There" by Nicole Scherzinger featuring 50 Cent jumps from #61 to #52 in its eighth week. This is Scherzinger's biggest hit to date as a solo lead artist. Scherzinger will be a judge on the long-awaited American version of The X Factor, which debuts Sept. 21. Her fellow judges are producer L.A. Reid and that fun couple, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, back together again.

Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up" jumps from #80 to #65 in its sixth week..."Better With The Lights Off" by New Boyz featuring Chris Brown re-enters the chart at #76. The song has climbed as high as #61..."On My Level" by Wiz Khalifa featuring Too Short re-enters at #79. The song has climbed as high as #52.

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Linkin Park's "Iridescent" jumps from #96 to #81 in its third week. The song is featured in the box-office smash Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. The band had songs in both of the previous Transformers movies. "What I've Done" (which reached #7) was featured in 2007's Transformers. "New Divide" (which hit #6) was featured in 2009's Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. "New Divide" was the only one of these three songs that was written expressly for the movie.

Frank Ocean's R&B hit "Novacane" debuts at #82...J. Cole's "Workout" debuts at #85. Cole (real name: Jermaine Cole) was featured on Miguel's "All I Want Is You," which reached #58. Cole's debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, is due in September.

The first original singles by the top two contestants on Season 1 of The Voice plummeted in their second week of release. They tumbled even further than the first singles by the top two contestants on Season 10 of American Idol did last month. Javier Colon's "Stitch By Stitch" drops from #17 to #96. Dia Frampton's "Inventing Shadows" drops from #20 clear off the chart. By comparison, Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" dropped from #11 to #35 in week 2. Lauren Alaina's "Like My Mother Does" dropped from #20 to #60. "I Love You This Big" is still showing signs of life. The song rebounds from #73 to #64 in its seventh week.

Incidentally, I was glad to read that J.Lo signed on for another season as a judge on American Idol. She's very good on the show, and the show has been for her. Her smash "On The Floor" (featuring Pitbull) has sold 2,732,000 copies. Only two songs by Idol contestants have sold that many digital copies. "No Air" by Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown has sold 3,313,000 copies. "Before He Cheats" by Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood has sold 3,262,000.

The top "U.S.A." songs over the July 4 holiday were Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The U.S.A." (total digital sales to date: 608K), Miley Cyrus' "Party In The U.S.A." (4,632,000) and Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." (598K). Katy Perry's "Firework" also added to its hefty total. The song has sold 4,658,000 copies.

R.I.P.: Rob Grill, the lead singer of the Grass Roots, died on Monday at age 67, from complications of a head injury he sustained in a fall. The Grass Roots had 14 Top 40 hits from 1966 to 1972, including such pop/rock gems as "Let's Live For Today" and "Midnight Confessions." The group's early hits, such as "Where Were You When I Need You," had a touch of garage rock spirit. Later hits, such as "Sooner Or Later," had a slicker pop sound. All brightened pop radio playlists.

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