Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Week In Music: Jepsen’s ‘Maybe’ Maintains Dominance

Carly Rae Jepsen ups her ante as one of the year’s brightest newcomers: While her ubiquitous peppy pop summer anthem “Call Me Maybe” logs a fourth week atop the singles chart, she also scores the highest new entry on the Hot 100, with "Good Time," a duet with Owl City. The track catapults onto the chart at No. 18.

It’s another week of lofty accomplishments for the 26-year-old Canadian, as “Maybe” remains atop Digital Songs for a seventh consecutive week, moving a total of 4,067,000 million downloads. That makes Jepsen the best-selling Canadian act in digital songs history, trumping Nickelback’s 2007 No. 6 “Rockstar,” which has sold 4,019,000. “Maybe” also commands the Ringtones and YouTube charts, and dips 2-3 on the all-format Radio Songs and 1-2 on On-Demand Songs.

“Good Time,” meanwhile, crashes onto Digital Songs at No. 6, selling 140,000 downloads. It also prevents Owl City’s Adam Young from remaining a one-hit wonder, following his only other hit, 2010’s No. 1 “Fireflies.”

Meanwhile, Maroon 5's "Payphone" holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, while it tops Radio Songs, Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and On-Demand Songs. On Digital Songs, it holds at No. 3, with sales surpassing 3 million to date. That puts the track in a four-way tie as the fastest-selling digital track to log as many sales over the course of 11 weeks; it joins Flo Rida's "Right Round," Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg’s "California Gurls" and "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna. In addition, Maroon 5’s second release from new album “Overexposed”—“Wipe Your Eyes”—is a new Hot 100 entry at No. 80.

Numbers 3-8 on the Hot 100 all remain in place: Gotye's former two-month No. 1 "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, is 3; Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" stalls at 4; Rihanna's "Where Have You Been,” which earns top Airplay Gainer kudos, is 5; Ellie Goulding's "Lights" is 6; fun.'s former six-week No. 1 "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, holds at 7; and Nicki Minaj's "Starships" remains at 8.

David Guetta garners the Hot 100's only new top 10 entry, with "Titanium," featuring Sia, jumping 12-9. It’s his fifth Hot 100 top 10 hit and the third from current album "Nothing But the Beat." And wrapping up the week’s top 10, Usher’s “Scream” is locked in place at No. 10.

On the album side, talk about a squeaker… One thousand copies made all the difference in the world. Linkin Park narrowly trumps Maroon 5 to land at the top of this week’s Billboard 200: “Living Things,” the rock band’s fifth chart-topper, sold 222,000 copies, while Maroon’s fourth effort “Overexposed” moved 223,000, for a No. 2 launch on the Billboard 200. The former is also No. 1 in the U.K. and Canada, as well as the U.S. Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums tallies. And track “Burn It Down” is the No. 1 Rock Song at radio.

If it’s any consolation, Maroon 5 tops the Digital Albums chart, with 134,000 copies, compared to 122,000 for Linkin Park.

The only album in this week’s top 5 that isn’t new is Justin Bieber’s “Believe”—last week’s No. 1—which eases to No. 3. Last week’s Bieber fever also sees his previous No. 2 hit “Boyfriend” rebound from No. 18 to No. 14 on the Hot 100. He is also represented on the singles chart with "As Long As You Love Me" (featuring Big Sean) at No. 87; and "All Around The World" (featuring Ludacris) at No. 96.

The hip-hop-focused "Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made 2" compilation album is No. 4 on the album roster; followed by R. Kelly’s “Self Made 2,” at No. 5, his 14th top 10 album.

Here at the mid-point of 2012, Billboard has announced the top-selling album and song to date. No surprise: Adele's "21"—which debuted in February 2011—leads on the long-play side, followed by Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee.” One Direction’s “Up All Night” is the year’s third best-selling album to date, with Whitney Houston’s “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” and “Now 41 at 4 and 5, respectively.

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra) rules among singles sales, followed by fun. featuring Janelle Monae’s “We Are Young,” Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)” and Nicki Minaj’s “Starships.”

And finally… Andy Griffith, who died Tuesday, July 3 at age 86, was a recording artist, in addition to his roles on TV, notes Yahoo! Music’s Chart Watch columnist Paul Grein. As Deacon Andy Griffith, he had a top 10 hit in January 1954 with comedy record "What It Was, Was Football (Part I & II)"; and a platinum-selling gospel album in 1986 with “I Love To Tell The Story: 25 Timeless Hymns,” which also earned a Grammy for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album. *