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Week Ending Sept. 4, 2011. Songs: Adele’s Back On Top

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Adele's "Someone Like You" vaults from #19 to #1 in its ninth week on the Hot 100. That's the biggest leap into the top spot since "What's My Name?" by Rihanna featuring Drake vaulted from #60 to #1 in November. (I'm discounting a pair of subsequent songs that debuted at #1: Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way.")

Adele performed the stark ballad on MTV's Video Music Awards, which gave it the boost it needed to go all the way. The song jumps from #11 to #1 on Hot Digital Songs. It sold 275,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the biggest weekly total by any song since Adele's previous hit, "Rolling In The Deep," sold 297K copies in May, when it was in its third week at #1. "Someone Like You" jumps from #42 to #19 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. It registered 46 million "all-format audience impressions," according to Nielsen BDS. That's up a whopping 59% over the previous week.

I wasn't at all sure that Adele would ever have another #1 hit. There's no question about her talent, of course, but hits as massive as "Rolling In The Deep" can be very hard to follow. (Leona Lewis has yet to return to the top 10 since the blockbuster success of "Bleeding Love," the best-selling song of 2008.) But Adele is back in the top spot less than three months after "Deep" wound up its seven-week run at #1.

"Rolling In The Deep" tops the 5 million mark in digital sales this week. It streaked to 5 million in just 35 weeks, faster than any other song in digital history. The old record was held by the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," which topped the 5 million mark in its 36th week.

Lady Gaga, who opened the VMAs with "You And I," also makes news this week. "You And I" vaults from #16 to #6 in its fifth week. It's Gaga's 11th top 10 hit, which is all of her singles that have been promoted to radio. She landed her first top 10 hit, "Just Dance," less than three years ago. Gaga has now amassed as many top 10 hits as three other female artists, all of whom have been at it much longer: P!nk, who landed her first top 10 hit in 2000; Britney Spears, who landed her first in 1999; and Gloria Estefan, who landed her first, with Miami Sound Machine, in 1986.

"You And I" is Gaga's first out-and-out ballad to make the top 10. She's deeper into her career than Madonna was when she released her first ballad. Madonna had cracked the top 10 with four dance/pop hits ("Borderline," "Lucky Star," "Like A Virgin" and "Material Girl) before she turned heads with her fine rendition of the sensuous ballad "Crazy For You." In the same way, "You And I" is demonstrating Gaga's range.

This is the second time that a song titled "You And I" has made the top 10. A ballad by that title by country stars Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle reached #7 in 1983. Another song titled "You And I," by funk master Rick James, hit #13 in 1978.

Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" drops from #5 to #10. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that this is the 69th consecutive week that Perry has had at least one single in the top 10. Perry's record-setting streak stretches back to the debut of "California Gurls," the first single from Teenage Dream. That irresistible hit, a collabo with Snoop Dogg, debuted at #2 in May 2010.

Lil Wayne has a remarkable 12 songs on this week's Hot 100. Eight songs from Tha Carter IV enter the chart this week, joining two songs from the album ("How To Love" and "She Will," featuring Drake) that were already on the chart. In addition, the rapper is featured on two other currently charting hits: DJ Khaled's "I'm On One" and Kelly Rowland's "Motivation." To think that just a year ago, Weezy was in prison. I think you can safely say he's making the most of his freedom.

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

1. Adele, "Someone Like You." The song leaps from #19 to #1 in its ninth week on the chart. It's Adele's second #1 (and second top 10) hit. Digital sales rank: #1 (275K).

2. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger." The former #1 song dips from #1 to #2 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (207K).

3. Foster The People, "Pumped Up Kicks." The song holds at #3 for the second week in its 19th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (218K).

4. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The former #1 song drops from #2 to #4 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (141K).

5. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." The song rebounds from #6 to #5 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (107K).

6. Lady Gaga, "You And I." The song leaps from #16 to #6 in its fifth week on the chart. It's Gaga's 11th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #4 (175K).

7. Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars, "Lighters." The song drops from #4 to #7 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (100K).

8. Cobra Starship featuring Sabi, "You Make Me Feel..." The song jumps from #18 to #8 in its eighth week on the chart. The group performed the song on the VMAs pre-show. It's the group's second top 10 hit. "Good Girl Go Bad" (featuring Leighton Meester) reached #7 in August 2009. Digital sales rank: #5 (159K).

9. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, "Give Me Everything. The former #1 song holds at #9 for the second week in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (86K).

10. Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." The former #1 song drops from #5 to #10 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (69K).

Three songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Lil Wayne's "How To Love" drops from #7 to #14, ending a 10-week run in the top 10. OneRepublic's "Good Life" drops from #8 to #15, ending a seven-week run in the top 10. "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine drops from #10 to #12, after just one week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (140K).

Rihanna's "Cheers (Drinks To That)" holds at #11 for the second week. Digital sales rank: #7 (143K).

As noted above, eight songs from Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV enter the Hot 100 this week. "Mirror" (featuring Bruno Mars) arrives at #16. Digital sales rank: #6 (149K). Weezy's other new entries are: "Blunt Blowin" at #33, "Megaman" at #52, "It's Good" (featuring Drake & Jadakiss) at #79, "How To Hate" at #84, "Nightmares Of The Bottom" at #90, "President Carter" at #94 and "So Special" at #95. Tha Carter IV sold 964K copies in its first week. But you already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.

Beyonce's "Love On Top," which she performed on the VMAs, enters the chart at #20. It's vying to become the first top 10 hit from B's 4 album. "Run The World (Girls)" stalled at #29. "Best Thing I Never Had" peaked at #16. Digital sales rank: #10 (113K).

Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" jumps from #24 to #21 in its 19th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Owen's first #1 country hit..."I'm On One," a former top 10 hit by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, drops from #20 to #24 in its 16th week. The song is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the ninth week. That's the longest run by any hit so far this year.

Dev's "In The Dark" jumps from #37 to #28 in its fifth week...Alexandra Stan's dance hit "Mr. Saxobeat" jumps from #38 to #36 in its eighth week.

Two David Guetta songs debut in the top 40. "Turn Me On" (featuring Nicki Minaj) bows at #37. "Without You" (featuring Usher) opens at #39. Guetta has had two top 10 hits. "Sexy Chick" (featuring Akon) peaked at #5. Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me," on which Guetta was featured, reached #9.

"Beautiful People" by Chris Brown featuring Benny Benassi bows at #43. It's vying to become the fourth top 30 hit from Brown's former #1 album, F.A.M.E.

Lady Antebellum's "Dancin' Away With My Heart" opens at #50. It's the third top 50 hit from Own The Night...Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" jumps from #66 to #57 in its sixth week..."Fly" by Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna bows at #64. The song, from Minaj's chart-topping album Pink Friday, had previously climbed as high as #76.

Young The Giant's "My Body" opens at #65. It's the first chart hit by the band, which was the only rock act to perform on the VMAs.

LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" debuts at #76. "Party Rock Anthem" is already the fourth best-selling song of 2011, and it's still going strong...Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" opens at #82. It's from Flo's upcoming album Only One Rida (Part 2), his whimsically-titled follow-up to Only One Flo (Part 1).

Rihanna's "S&M," which hit #1 in April, tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Rihanna's seventh song to sell 3 million or more copies, which is more than any other artist. Katy Perry is runner-up, with six 3-million sellers.

Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the 13th country song to reach this plateau, but the first by a male solo country artist...Carrie Underwood's 2008 hit "Just A Dream" tops the 1 million mark. It's Underwood's seventh million-seller, a total topped by only one country artist in digital history. Taylor Swift has amassed 13 digital million-sellers.

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