Chart Watch

Week Ending June 5, 2011. Songs: Making Up For Lost Time

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A year ago, Lil Wayne was in prison in New York, serving an eight-month sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. His state of mind at the time was suggested by the title of an album he released in September: I Am Not A Human Being. What a difference a year makes. This week, he lands his sixth top 20 hit of 2011 as "How To Love" vaults from #69 to #12 in its second week on the Hot 100. It follows "6 Foot 7 Foot" (featuring Cory Gunz), which peaked at #9 in January, and an impressive four hits on which he was featured: Jay Sean's "Hit The Lights," which reached #18; Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now," which peaked at #6, Enrique Iglesias with Usher's "Dirty Dancer," which reached #18; and DJ Khaled's "I'm On You," which hit #10.

"How To Love" and "6 Foot 7 Foot" will be featured on Lil Wayne's upcoming album Tha Carter IV, which is due on Aug. 29. The first three albums in this series have sold a combined total of 6,544,000 copies. Remarkably, each album in the series has outsold its predecessor. Tha Carter III was the best-selling album of 2008.

"How To Love" is vying to become Lil Wayne's 15th top 10 hit on the Hot 100, which is a total matched by only three rappers. Jay-Z and Ludacris lead with 17 top 10 hits. Diddy has had 16.

"How To Love" vaults from #52 to #5 in its second week on Hot Digital Songs (151K).

Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" logs its fifth week at #1 on the Hot 100. It's the first song by a English female solo artist to spend that many weeks at #1 since Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" topped the chart for 10 weeks in 1981-'82. (Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England, though she is more identified with Australia, where she grew up.)

Adele has more in common with Lulu, the Scottish singer who topped the Hot 100 for five weeks in 1967 with the sleek ballad "To Sir With Love." Lulu sang the song in the Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, in which she played a student. She was just 18 at the time (she turned 19 during the record's run at #1).

(All three of these hits were bigger in the U.S. than in the U.K. "Rolling In The Deep" peaked at #2 in the U.K. "Physical" reached #7. "To Sir With Love" didn't chart in the U.K.)

Adele, Newton-John and Lulu are the only female artists who were born in the U.K. to have a hit that spent five or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. in the rock era (which commenced in 1955).

Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer) holds at #2 for the second week. It holds at #1 in the U.K. for the third straight week. Will "Give Me Everything" topple "Rolling In The Deep" and become a transatlantic #1? Stay tuned.

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


1. Adele, "Rolling In The Deep." The song holds at #1 for the fifth straight week in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (244K).

2. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, "Give Me Everything." The song holds at #2 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (217K).

3. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." The former #1 smash holds at #3 for the second week in its 17th week on the chart.  This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (137K).

4. Bruno Mars, "The Lazy Song." The song rebounds from #6 to #4 (its highest ranking to date) in its 15th week on the chart. It's Mars' fifth straight single to reach #4 or higher. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (136K).

5. Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull, "On The Floor." The song dips from #4 to #5 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (127K).

6. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The song jumps from #9 to #6 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. The song spent four weeks at #1 in the U.K. in April and May. Digital sales rank: #3 (169K).

7. Lady Gaga, "The Edge Of Glory." The song jumps from #8 to #7 in its fourth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (166K).

8. The Black Eyed Peas, "Just Can't Get Enough." The song drops from #5 to #8 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (100K).

9. Britney Spears, "Till The World Ends." The song drops from #7 to #9 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (101K).

10. Lupe Fiasco, "The Show Goes On." The song rebounds from #12 to #10 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (108K).


"I'm On One" by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne drops from #10 to #14 in its third week. Digital sales rank: #10 (123K).

Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" jumps from #14 to #11 in its sixth week. It's Minaj's biggest hit as a lead artist, surpassing "Moment 4 Life" (featuring Drake), which peaked at #13. "Super Bass" jumps from #10 to #8 on Hot Digital Songs (132K).

OneRepublic's "Good Life" jumps from #23 to #16 in its 10th week. It's the group's third biggest hit to date, trailing only "Apologize," its career-making collabo with Timbaland (#2 in 2007) and "Stop And Stare" (#12 in 2008)..."Motivation" by Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne holds at #25 for the second week (it has climbed as high as #21). It holds at #1 for the third straight week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

"Tonight Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae jumps from #41 to #27 in its eighth week. This is a well-worn title concept. Many acts, most recently Jonas Brothers, have hits titled "Tonight." Bill Champlin (of Chicago) and Smashing Pumpkins each had hits titled "Tonight, Tonight." Genesis had a hit titled "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" in 1987.

Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" debuts at #29. The song is from the band's upcoming fifth studio album. "Speed Of Sound" and "Viva La Vida," the lead-off hits from the band's last two albums, both made the top 10. "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" includes elements of "I Go To Rio," which Peter Allen co-wrote and which became his signature song.

Keith Urban's "Without You" (not the old Nilsson hit) jumps from #56 to #52 in its 13th week. The song also jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Urban's 12th #1 country hit, and his first since October 2009..."International Love" by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown debuts at #59. It's vying to become Pitbull's eighth top 10 hit. It's the third single from Pitbull's upcoming sixth studio album, Planet Pit.

Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" debuts at #63. It's vying to become the fifth chart-topper from Perry's Teenage Dream album. If that should happen (and it has a long way to go), Teenage Dream would become only the second album in history (following Michael Jackson's Bad) to spawn five #1 hits on the Hot 100.

"You And Tequila" by Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter (who fronts the Nocturnals) jumps from #92 to #71 in its second week. Chesney is expanding his list of favorite drinks. He has had top 10 country hits with "Keg In The Closet" and "Beer In Mexico."

Beyonce has three songs the current chart, as she continues to search for a breakout hit from her upcoming album, 4. "Best Thing I Never Had," which has the drama of her 2008 ballad smash "If I Were A Boy," debuts at #84. "Run The World (Girls)" drops from its peak position of #29 to #55 in its seventh week. "1+1" drops from #57 to #89 in its second week.

Linkin Park's "Iridescent" debuts at #86. This is the theme song to the expected summer blockbuster Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, which will be released on June 29. Linkin Park also provided the themes for the first two movies in this series. The already-released "What I've Done" was featured in the first Transformers film in 2007. "New Divide" was recorded for the second, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. Both of those songs made the top 10.

Steven Tyler's "(It) Feels So Good" drops from #91 to #100, three weeks after it debuted and peaked at #35. I'm surprised, because it's a catchy pop/rock record. Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor" has been listed in the top 10 for 14 of the past 15 weeks. J.Lo may have been smart to get the record firmly established as a hit while she had the weekly platform on American Idol. Tyler's record was released in the waning weeks of the season.

"Rise Above 1" by Reeve Carney featuring Bono and The Edge drops from #74 completely off the chart in its second week. The three artists will perform the song on the Tony Awards on Sunday night. The song is from the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, which will have its much-delayed premiere on June 14, two days after the Tony telecast.

This will be the second year in a row that rock royalty has performed on the Tonys. On last year's telecast, Green Day performed two songs ("Holiday" and "Know Your Enemy") from American Idiot, which was a finalist for Best Musical. In 2003, Billy Joel opened the telecast singing "New York State Of Mind" live in Times Square. That year, a revue of his songs, Movin' Out, was a Best Musical finalist.

R.I.P. Andrew Gold, who hit the top 10 in 1977 with "Lonely Boy," died last week. Gold was a key member of Linda Ronstadt's band in the mid-1970s. He's probably best known for his good-natured 1978 hit "Thank You For Being A Friend." A version by Cynthia Fee became the pitch-perfect theme to NBC's long-running sitcom The Golden Girls. Gold was a second-generation music star. His father was Ernest Gold, who won an Oscar in 1960 for scoring Exodus. His mother is singer Marni Nixon, whose voice was dubbed into film musicals when non-singers such as Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn were cast. Gold was 59.

R.I.P.: Martin Rushent, who teamed with the Human League to co-produce their #1 smash "Don't You Want Me" and their top 10 hit "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" died last week. He was 63. Rushent was named Best British Producer at the Brit Awards in 1982. He also worked with such diverse acts as T. Rex, Shirley Bassey, Fleetwood Mac, The Stranglers and Buzzcocks.

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