Thursday, September 29, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, October 8, 2011

1.(1) Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 (feat. Christina Aguilera)

Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera spend a fourth week at #1. It's the 6th single to spend at least 4 weeks at #1 this year.

2.(2) Someone Like You - Adele

Adele is still stalled at #2, but probably not for long. The track is this week's airplay gainer and it's up to #2 at both Digital Songs and Radio Songs. A return for #1 is definitely coming soon.

10.(25) Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO

"Party Rock Anthem" felt like a one-hit wonder, so it's surprising to see LMFAO quickly pull off a second hit with "Sexy and I Know It," which has exploded in sales, but is catching up in airplay too (it's #21 at top 40 radio).

16.(NEW) We Found Love - Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)

Rihanna unexpectedly unleashed her new single late last week, so it missed out on the full week of sales that could have propelled it into the top 10. Since she elevated her producer to co-artist status, this gives Calvin Harris his first top 40 hit.

21.(32) Just a Kiss - Lady Antebellum

After starting off high on the basis of strong sales and generally falling the last few weeks, Lady Antebellum's latest single rebounds this week, up 11 notches.

??? Glee

A year ago, the second season premiere of Glee generated four top 40 hits, led by "Empire State of Mind" at #21. The third season premiere...produced none. The Glee tracks from last week's episode are down at #65 and #67. At this point, it's hard to tell whether it was the episode's lack of pop hits or the general decline in the show that's responsible for this. It will be interesting to see if the show can recover this year. After a wonderful first season, the second season was uneven, and ended on a low note, so much so that I lost interest in doing a weekly blog entry about it. So far, the third season started with a tepid first episode but a better second one.


Project Mobius said...

Let's see if you agree with me on this. I love Glee. It's one of my favorite shows. I also think many of the songs they do are great.

However, I'm glad that their songs aren't charting high on Billboard. I think Glee's songs are fun to listen to, but they're not Top 40 - caliber songs. In a way, I feel like they put a bit of a stain on the credibility of Billboard; just because a song's good doesn't mean it deserves to chart in the top 20 based entirely on sales. There's other factors that should go into it.

A1 said...

More now than ever...
i guess like to days world everything is so disposable so waiting for the demise of Facebook

rcLoy said...

I love the 1st episode, and Blaine is the sole reason for that. His performance is just so magic. LOL.

ww_adh said...

Mobius, I see your point about the Glee entries. They don't create any kind of consistency since, except for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Teenage Dream," they're just one-week flashes in the pan (and even those two didn't stick around that long).

Nonetheless, I think the lack of entries in the top 40 this week is indicative of a drop in fan interest. True, last week's selections weren't top 40 (and perhaps that's the reason why), but I think the show is in trouble for other reasons too. I also love the show--was a real devotee during the first season--but last year its quality went up and down and was generally down toward the end. RcLoy--I agree Blaine is amazing. I liked both of his performances. But as delightful as he is, that's enough to sustain the show. I love Jane Lynch, but I'm tired of Sue. She's always the same thing and it's not at all believable. That Cory, Lea and Chris are apparently off the show after this season is a ridiculous--they're some of its best assets. I'm still watching, but I'm waiting (and hoping) for the show to regain its magic.