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Week Ending Sept. 11, 2011. Songs: The Voices

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"Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera returns to #1 after being bumped down to #2 last week by Adele's "Someone Like You." I'm sure that Maroon5 front-man Adam Levine and Aguilera figured that their stint as judges on The Voice would boost their visibility, but I doubt they ever dreamed it would trigger a major #1 hit for them.

"Moves Like Jagger" has sold 1,753,000 digital copies, which already makes it Maroon5's third biggest digital hit. 2007's "Makes Me Wonder" has sold 2,621,000 copies. 2004's "She Will Be Loved" has sold 2,178,000. "Jagger" has sold more copies than any of Aguilera's previous hits, though her biggest hits pre-date the digital boom.

"Jagger" has sold far more than the winners' song by Javier Colon, the Season 1 winner of The Voice. Colon's "Stitch By Stitch" has sold 192K. (Colon's fortunes may improve when OK...Here's The Truth, his first album for Universal Republic Records, is released.)

Deep trivia: Maroon5's only previous #1, "Makes Me Wonder," also returned to the top spot after being knocked out, which is a fairly rare occurrence. Its run in the top spot was interrupted by T-Pain's "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')," which featured Yung Joc.

Adele's "Someone Like You" dips from #1 to #2. Billboard's Keith Caulfield notes that when the song sprinted from #19 to #1 last week, it marked the biggest leap into the top spot that wasn't simply spurred by the arrival of a single in the marketplace. The song had been available at digital retailers since Feb. 22. It rose to #1 on the strength of Adele's performance at the VMAs on Aug. 28. (This echoes what happened in the U.K., where the song surged from #47 to #1 the week after Adele performed it on the BRIT Awards, which is the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.)

Billboard's Gary Trust notes that "Someone Like You" is the first song featuring only piano and vocal, and nothing else, to reach #1 in the 53-year history of the Hot 100. The spare recording features only Adele's vocal and Dan Wilson on piano. (They also co-wrote and co-produced the hit.)

Moreover, it's the first ballad to reach #1 since Rihanna's "Take A Bow" in May 2008. In the intervening three years, several mid-tempo songs have hit #1, including "Rolling In The Deep," Owl City's "Fireflies," and multiple songs that feature the sweet croon of Bruno Mars, notably his own "Just The Way You Are" and B.o.B's "Nothin' On You." I guess in today's turbo-charged pop environment, these mid-tempo songs have taken the place of traditional ballads.

In the year before "Take A Bow" hit #1, four ballads reached #1: Plain White T's' tender "Hey There Delilah," Fergie's sensuous "Big Girls Don't Cry," Alicia Keys' soulful "No One" and Leona Lewis' elegant "Bleeding Love."

Why is the industry so focused on up-tempo songs? Trust gives the example of Katy Perry, who has reached the top 10 on the Hot 100 with eight of her nine singles as a lead artist. The one that fell short was "Thinking Of You," the only ballad in the bunch. It peaked at #29.

"Someone Like You," which logged five weeks at #1 in the U.K. earlier this year, is the first song by a female solo artist to top the chart in both the U.S. and the U.K. since Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" in 2010-2011. It's the first song by British female solo artist to top the chart in both countries since Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" in 2007-2008.  (In case you're wondering, Adele's previous hit, "Rolling In The Deep," peaked at #2 in the U.K earlier this year.)

"Someone Like You" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's just 16K behind the sales to date of Adele's 2008 hit "Chasing Pavements."

"Rolling In The Deep" this week becomes the first song to sell 5 million digital copies in a calendar year. (It topped the 5 million mark in total sales last week, but that counts 108K copies it sold in late 2010.)

LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" (featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) holds at #4 on the Hot 100. This week it jumps to #3 on the year-to-date chart. Only "Rolling In The Deep" and Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) have sold more copies in 2011.

Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink To That)" jumps from #11 to #10 in its seventh week. It's Rihanna's 19th top 10 hit in a little more than six years. She has now amassed as many top 10 hits as Prince, in all of his many incarnations, and Ricky Nelson, who was one of rock and roll's first teen idols.

Pop Quiz: Who was younger at the time of their first top 10 hit: Rihanna or Ricky Nelson? Answer Below.

As of this week, Katy Perry has three of the top 20 digital songs so far in 2011, more than any other artist.  "E.T." is #2 for the year. "Firework" is #12. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" is #19. Pitbull and Bruno Mars each have two songs in the top 20 for the year-to-date.

Since "Last Friday Night" is still selling briskly, Perry has a very good chance of winding up with three songs in the year-end top 20. Only two other artists have achieved this feat since Nielsen SoundScan added a year-end digital songs chart in 2008. Rihanna had four of the top 20 hits of 2008 (counting T.I.'s "Live Your Life," on which she was featured). Bruno Mars had three of the top 20 hits of 2010 (counting B.o.B.'s "Nothin' On You" and Travie McCoy's "Billionaire," on which he was featured).

I have more good news for Perry. "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg) tops the 5 million mark in digital sales, two weeks after "Hot N Cold" reached that plateau. Only two other artists have had two 5-million sellers: the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga. This brings the total of 5-million-sellers to 18.

Quiz Answer: Ricky Nelson was younger than Rihanna by about five months when he first cracked the top 10. Nelson was just five days past his 17th birthday in May 1957 when he first cracked the top 10 in with a cover of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'," which was double-listed with "A Teenager's Romance." Rihanna was 17 and five months in July 2005 when she first cracked the top 10 with "Pon De Replay."

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

1. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera , "Moves Like Jagger." The song returns to #1 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (220K).

2. Adele, "Someone Like You." The former #1 song dips to #2 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (213K).

3. Foster The People , "Pumped Up Kicks." The song holds at #3 for the third week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (193K).

4. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The former #1 song holds at #4 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (155K).

5. Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars, "Lighters." The song rebounds from #7 to #5 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (88K).

6. Gym Class Heroes featuring  Adam Levine, "Stereo Hearts." The song jumps from #12 to #6 (its highest ranking to date) in its 13th week. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (145K).

7. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." The song drops from #5 to #7 in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (89K).

8.  Lady Gaga, "You And I." The song drops from #6 to #8 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (141K).

9. Lil Wayne, "How To Love." The song rebounds from #14 to #9 in its 16th week. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (90K).

10. Rihanna, "Cheers (Drink To That)." The song jumps from #11 to #10 in its seventh week. It's Rihanna's 19th top 10 hit; her 11th as a strictly solo artist (without billed collaborators). Digital sales rank: #8 (126K).

"You Make Me Feel..." by Cobra Starship featuring Sabi, which shot from #18 to #8 last week, makes an unexpected drop to #11. Digital sales rank: #7 (127K). Two former #1 hits also drop out of the top 10 this week. "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer drops from #9 to #13. Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" drops from #10 to #12.

Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All" bows at #18. This is Clarkson's second highest debut, topped only by "Never Again," which debuted and peaked at #8  in April 2007. The song is vying to become Clarkson's ninth top 10 hit. It's from her upcoming fifth studio album, Stronger, which is due Oct. 24.

Dev's "In The Dark" jumps from #28 to #20 in its sixth week. The Cataracs, which were featured along with Dev on Far*East Movement's #1 smash "Like A G6," produced the hit. The Cataracs also produced "Better With The Lights Off" by New Boyz featuring Chris Brown, which jumps from #67 to #55 in its 11th week.

Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" holds at #21 for the second week. It holds at #1 for the second week on Hot Country Songs..."I'm On One," the former top 10 hit by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, rebounds from #24 to #22. It's #1 for the 10th week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

"Without You" by David Guetta featuring Usher sprints from #39 to #23 in its second week. Guetta's other current song, "Turn Me On" (featuring Nicki Minaj), drops from #37 to #68 in its second week.

Lady Antebellum's "Wanted You More" bows at #34. This is the fourth top 50 hit from the group's third studio album, Own The Night. The album will enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week, with first-week sales in the 275K range.

Jason Derulo's "It Girl" jumps from #61 to #38 (its highest ranking to date) in its fifth week. Derulo was passed over for a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist earlier this year, but he got the last word. A line from the new song says: "I finally found the girl of my dreams/Much more than a Grammy Award/That's how much you mean to me.

The Script's "Nothing" jumps from #53 to #39 in its fifth week...LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" jumps from #76 to #50 in its second week.

Hugh Laurie's "Police Dog Blues" bows at #58. The song is from Laurie's album Let Them Talk, which enters The Billboard 200 at #16 this week. Laurie has starred in House since November 2004. He's up for an Emmy on Sunday night for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series.

Beyonce's "Love On Top" drops from #20 to #70 in its second week. Unless it turns around, this will become Beyonce's third straight single to miss the top 10. Maybe that baby is coming along at just the right time. Beyonce has earned a nice, long break, followed (I hope) by a convincing comeback.

Scotty McCreery's "Trouble With Girls" bows at #84. (I would think after winning American Idol, McCreery would have no "Trouble With Girls.") McCreery's "I Love You This Big" peaked at #11 and has sold steadily. After 16 weeks, it is up to 582K.

JoJo's "Disaster" bows at #87. JoJo has been charting since 2004, when she was just 13. She'll turn 21 on Dec. 20. JoJo cracked the top 10 in 2006 with "Too Little Too Late." The new song is from her upcoming album Jumping Trains.

The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" this week becomes the fifth country song to top the 3 million mark in digital sales. It's the only one of the five that didn't crack the top 10 on the Hot 100. It peaked at #14. The other country songs to top the 3 million mark are Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (which peaked at #2), Taylor Swift's "Love Story" (which reached #4) and "You Belong With Me" (which hit #2) and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" (which made #8).

"Telephone" by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce tops the 3 million mark. It's Gaga's sixth song to sell 3 million or more copies. Only one other artist, Katy Perry, has had six 3-million-sellers as a lead artist.

"Where Them Girls At" by David Guetta featuring Flo Rida tops the 1 million mark in digital sales.

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