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Thursday, January 20, 2011

US Chart Roundup: The Results Of The Britney Vs. Avril Lavigne Vs. Kanye & Jay-Z Battle

We've already gone through this twice this week, so no need to ramble on about Britney Spears debuting at #1 with "Hold It Against Me," thereby giving her a fourth chart-topping single and producer/God Max Martin his 10th, etc. So let's move ahead...

Avril Lavigne's "What The Hell" enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #13, which shows the power of radio airplay—something Britney's single was aided by, but Avril clearly was not. For a few days after being released, "What The Hell" was just beneath Britney at #2 on iTunes. But then she flip-flopped with Kanye West and Jay-Z's "H.A.M." (which enters at #23). In the end, both of those singles got barreled over at radio in lieu of Britney and slid down the digital store's song chart.

Now that the holiday craziness has settled for good, Edward Maya's "Stereo Love" is able to jump back up to its previous peak position of #16. Another climber: Pink's "Fuckin' Perfect," which moves up 27 positions to #30 and is the Hot 100's "airplay gainer" this week. If we're to include the collaborative 2001 cover of "Lady Marmalade," this now gives Pink a total of 17 Top 40 singles in the U.S.

One of my guilty pleasure jams from last year, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's "Don't You Wanna Stay," is at #43 this week. That's just a good old-fashioned duet, like something you'd expect Peter Cetera to have cranked out with some broad in the '80s.

On a final note, album sales really appear to be in the dumpster (more so than usual) in 2011. Cake's Showroom Of Compassion debuts at #1, but has posted the worst returns (44,000 copies) for a top album in Nielsen SoundScan history. It seems like only yesterday when the Dreamgirls soundtrack set the record low, with 60,000 copies. Alas, folks, that was exactly four years ago this month.

Meanwhile, Cake...

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Hold It Against Me" - Britney Spears *new* *1 week*
2. "Grenade" - Bruno Mars  
3. "Firework" - Katy Perry
4. "What's My Name" - Rihanna feat. Drake
5. "Black And Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa
6. "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" - Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris & DJ Frank E 
7. "We R Who We R" - Ke$ha 
8. "Raise Your Glass" - Pink  
9. "The Time (Dirty Bit)" - The Black Eyed Peas
10. "Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars

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  • At 10:00 AM, Anonymous shaun said…

    Ummm, all jokes aside, it really was yesterday -- or last week at least -- when Taylor Swift supplanted Dreamgirls for that ignomious distinction. Glad poor little Taylor didn't have to wear the scarlet "#1" for very long. Her life already is tough enough, what with the millions of dollars, the truckloads of awards, and having seen Jake Gyllenhaal in at least some state of undress.

  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Shaun, I know poor warbling Tay Tay set the record just before Cake (hence me noting that sales really seem to be in the dumpster in 2011 - a vague reference).

    I just meant this all reminded me of what a "scandal" it was when the 'Dreamgirls' soundtrack hit an all-time low, yet here we are with sales dipping even lower.

    In the days before file sharing, would 44,000 copies have even gotten you a Top 40 placement?

  • At 2:47 PM, Anonymous shaun said…

    Worry not, D'Luvly one -- I knew what you meant and did not think for a second that I'd scooped you re Miss Swift's "misfortune" last week. Don't you agree, though, that it's hard to carry on knowing that she has kissed Jake and that I/we have not (or should I speak only for myself?)?

  • At 7:50 PM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    Although Avril was #2 behind Britney most of the week, Britney sold way more. "Hold" sold 411k downloads while "Hell" sold 163k to finish at #6 on the digital download chart.

    IMO, Billboard has always weighted sales too highly since they converted their formulas in 1991. But now that single sales have revived, a decent week blasts a song very high on the charts, often at #1.

  • At 11:06 PM, Blogger countpopula said…

    Couldn't it be possible that one explanation for the major dip in album sales is that there really aren't that many places to buy albums anymore? Many major outlets have drastically downsized or closed in the past 12 months, and while there may be places in larger cities to buy stuff, many rural areas have nothing but a computer to order from. I know at my store, people are always telling me how surprised they are to find a place that actually carries a good selection of titles.

  • At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Moris said…

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