On the Charts: Carly Rae has a 'Good Time', Train chugs along, Adele finally drops out of Top 10
Last week, Maroon 5 made waves when they pushed not one but two of their singles into the Top 10 of the Hot 100. This week, current pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen did the same thing.
Not only is Jepsen’s unstoppable hit “Call Me Maybe” still refusing to hang up — though it did drop from No. 4 to No. 6 — her Owl City collaboration “Good Time” also jumped from No. 13 to No. 9 in its ninth week on the chart.
According to Billboard, “Good Time” had a pretty great week; the song was the top Streaming Gainer and rose into the Top 10 of the On-Demand chart. It also increased by 10 percent at radio and by 13 percent on the Digital Songs chart, as the beachy hit sold an additional 144,000 downloads, which lifted its sales total right past the 1 million mark.
We’ll find out if “Good Time” gives Jepsen (who is the first female artist since Ke$ha to take her first two singles to the Top 10) that elusive second No. 1 in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s check the week’s other chart winners and losers:
Owl City: It would be remiss to only give Jepsen credit for the success of “Good Time.” It’s as much Owl City’s (a.k.a. Adam Young) song as it is hers, and it’s his first real hit since the 2009 No. 1 “Fireflies.” Plus, Owl City’s third album The Midsummer Station debuted at No. 7 with sales of 30,000, giving the synthy star his third straight Top 10 set.
Taylor Swift: Tired of hearing about Taylor Swift tearing up the chart? Well, you’ll have to endure that kind of news for a while longer. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which just got a new music video, once again led the Hot 100 after selling 307,000 copies — a 51 percent drop from its massive debut sales week — and has now moved 930,000 units total. “Never” rose 18-16 on the Pop Songs chart, but dropped 13-19 on Country Songs. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on how much the country format — a key part of Taylor’s success — supports the decisively poppy breakup anthem moving forward.
Trey Songz: You know what they say — the fifth time’s the charm! The R&B singer’s latest album, Chapter V, became his first career No. 1 album after selling 135,000 copies. Of course, his previous two albums, which reached No. 3 and No. 2, each sold more copies in their first week, but that’s almost guaranteed in today’s market, and the first-place ranking makes for great bragging rights.
Train: The pop-rock band may never have another smash as gigantic a “Hey Soul Sister,” but thanks to that ditty, they still have considerable radio power. Train’s latest single “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” a followup to their No. 10 single “Drive By,” jumped from No. 52 all the way to No. 34 this week. Say “hello” to a new mariachi-infused hit.
Little Big Town: Over the years, the harmonizing country quartet has struggled to match the success of their 2005 breakout “Boondocks,” but their nautical single “Pontoon” has floated up the ranks higher than any of the group’s previous efforts. The “motorboatin'” smash, which passed 1 million downloads this week, rose 3-2 on the Country Songs chart and ticked up 23-22 on the Hot 100. It’s their biggest hit ever.
Of Monsters and Men: The Icelandic folk-pop troupe is the latest band (after Neon Trees, The Lumineers, and fun., who’ve all been mentioned in this column in recent weeks) to prove that in a world of pop and ProTools, bands can still make a big impression on the chart. Their single “Little Talks” continues to rise through the Hot 100 (this week it jumped 50-49), which is driving sales of their album My Head is an Animal. The set increased by 24 percent to about 16,000 copies and rose 26-18 on the Billboard 200.
Chris Brown: Of course, Of Monster’s and Men’s success doesn’t mean that AutoTune has gone the way of the dodo — just ask Chris Brown, whose new single “Don’t Wake Me Up” took off in its ninth week, flying 41-29 on the Hot 100. It’s an encouraging turnaround for Brown. While the first single from Fortune, “Turn Up the Music,” debuted and peaked at No. 10, his two followups, “Sweet Love” and “Till I Die,” only reached No. 89 and No. 101, respectively.
One Direction: The dapper Brits’ second single “One Thing” had been struggling to crack the Top 40 for the past month, but this week, the song conspicuously disappeared from the Hot 100 altogether. Perhaps Columbia yanked the song from radio in order to clear the way for 1D’s recently announced new single “Live While We’re Young,” the first from their upcoming Take Me Home (due Nov. 13), which the fivesome is rumored to be debuting at the VMAs on Sept. 6. Perhaps not. Either way, it’s nowhere to be found on the chart.
Yellowcard: Things were looking up for the Florida boys of Yellowcard last week when their album Southern Air reached No. 10 with sales of 23,000, but in its second week the set plummeted all the way down to No. 76. Yikes. On the bright side, the sharp decline means that the “Ocean Avenue” rockers’ fans, while not especially numerous, are a passionate bunch that want fresh music right away.
Adele: It’s the end of an era! The undisputed chart queen — and soon-to-be first-time mom — finally exited the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 after a whopping 78 straight weeks.
Her blockbuster album 21, which has sold 9,736,000 copies, fell to No. 12 this week, meaning that (for now) Adele’s streak is matched by Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Def Leppard’s Hysteria, both of which also logged 78 weeks in the Top 10.
Amazingly, only two albums have spent more time in the Top 10 since 1963, when Billboard’s mono and stereo charts merged into a single list: Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A., which logged 84 weeks, and The Sound of Music soundtrack, which stayed in the Top 10 for an unbelievable 109 weeks.
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