I had this all written out last night but couldn't post it 'til now, since Blogger apparently had some sort of massive failure. Yikes.
1. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Three cheers for Adele! The British pop singer scores her first US #1 this week with “Rolling in the Deep,” climbing a notch to #1 as this week’s Airplay Gainer. Adele is the first British act to hit #1 this year and the first British female artist to hit #1 since Leona Lewis topped the chart 3 years ago with “Bleeding Love.”
Adele’s music career is red hot this year. Probably way hotter than she imaged. Her album, 21, has spent 7 weeks at #1 in the US, which is pretty amazing considering how fast the album chart’s top spot generally turns over. In the UK, she’s spent 14 weeks at #1 with 21, and although “Rolling in the Deep” peaked at #2, her other single, “Someone Like You,” is the year’s biggest hit.
2. E.T. - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
So Perry loses her perch at the top but picks up a significant milestone. Billboard has reported that this week she becomes the first artist ever to lodge 52 consecutive weeks in the top 10--a whole year we've gone now with Perry having a top 10 hit starting with "California Gurls" a year ago, followed by "Teenage Dream," "Firework" and "E.T."
3. On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
J.Lo climbs four notches to #3, scoring a new peak with “On the Floor,” this week’s Digital Gainer. She’s got a big hill to climb if she’s going to steal #1 from Adele, but still, Lopez hasn’t been this high on the chart in 8 years.
7. Just a Kiss – Lady Antebellum
Just a year after their mainstream breakthrough album and single of the same name, Need You Now, Lady Antebellum returns with the first single from their upcoming third album. This is the country trio’s second top 10 hit.
8. Give Me Everything – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer
Pitbull scores his seventh top 10 hit with “Give Me Everything,” the second single from his latest album, Planet Pit. This is good news for Ne-Yo, who gets his 10th top 10 hit. He needs it, since his last album, Libra Scale, did a big ol’ belly flop and produced no hits.
14. Where Them Girls At – David Guetta feat. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj
French DJ David Guetta scores his fourth top 40 hit with “Where Them Girls At,” which debuts at #14.
19. Judas – Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga’s “Judas” rebounds a notch to #19, but I think it’s over for this song. The track just lost its bullet at #15 at top 40 radio. Gaga may have an ace up her sleeve though. Even though it’s just a promotional track, “The Edge of Glory” looks set to chart higher than “Judas” next week. It’s #2 at iTunes and top 5 in the UK’s midweek chart.
31. Motivation – Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne
Go Kelly! I didn’t even know she had a new single out. And she manages to chart higher than the overhyped new single from her more-famous cousin Beyonce, “Run the World (Girls).” Not bad Kelly.