Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chart Tidbits: Adele's '21,' Pink's 'Blow Me,' Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Maybe'

As if Adele hasn’t broken enough records with sophomore set 21, she has re-set that standard once again. This week, with the album at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, it logs a 73rd week in the top 10... among its total of 73 weeks, meaning it has never dropped out of the 10 best-selling albums since its release more than a year ago.

That represents the longest run inside the top 10 on the album chart by a female artist in history. The previous record holder was Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill some 17 years ago(!), in 1995.

Meanwhile Pink's (pardon me: P!nk) new release "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," which we favorably tipped Monday, roars into the top 10 on the singles chart, 58-9 in its second week. It's P!nk's 12th top 10 hit, after her first in 2000 with "There You Go." That puts her in third place among the most top 10s since the millennium, behind Rihanna (22) and Beyonce (14).

"Blow Me" is the first single from her sixth studio album The Truth About Love, due Sept. 18. On Digital Songs, the uptempo finger-snapper catapults 41-4 with 171,000 downloads sold, while radio (for once) is ahead of the curve, as it moves 54-23 on Radio Songs. Bravo!

And... the song that is becoming our favorite track of 2012 to date, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," holds at No. 1 for a sixth glorious week, proving once again what I have hammered home a thousand times on The Smoking Nun: Radio excels when it honors straight-ahead female pop music. *