Chart Moves: Eminem, Jackie Evancho, Taylor Swift, 'Bed Intruder Song' August 18, 2010
By Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust
A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts.
The Billboard 200:
-- Eminem: This week, the hip-hop king's "Recovery" returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a sixth non-consecutive frame, selling 133,000 (down 13%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first set to notch six weeks at the top since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" claimed six straight frames in the penthouse in December and January.
Outside the top 10 this week, there were a number of movers and shakers on the tally. Let's take a look.
-- Florence + the Machine: The act's album "Lungs" zips up 44 slots to No. 61 with 6,000 (up 33%) -- its best sales week since its release in July 2009, and its first visit to the top 100. Its gain could be owed to the album's track "Dog Days Are Over," being featured prominently in the trailer for the new film "Eat Pray Love" (yet it's not on its soundtrack).
-- Band of Horses: The chart's biggest positional jump this week comes from the act's "Infinite Arms," which rises 126 slots to No. 64 (6,000; up 105%). The set profits from its placement as an Amazon MP3 daily deal last week. The same scenario plays out at No. 147 with Rob Zombie's "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" (a re-entry with 3,000; up 31%).
-- Jackie Evancho: The 10-year-old "America's Got Talent" contestant quickly profits from her much buzzed-about appearance on the NBC show last week as her independently released album "Prelude to a Dream" debuts at No. 121 with 4,000 sold. It also starts at No. 2 on Top Classical Crossover Albums and No. 20 on Digital Albums.
-- Daughtry: The No. 200 slot on the chart has been averaging around 3,000 in weekly sales for the past eight weeks. And this week isn't any different, as Daughtry's self-titled set at No. 200 also sells less than 3,000. However, it's the lowest sum for the rank since April ... Food for thought: Just 1,727 units separate No. 100 and No. 200 this week. Five years ago this week, the gap was 4,786. So now when a title drops a seemingly small figure it can take a big positional tumble. Case in point: MercyMe's "The Generous Mr. Lovewell" falls from No. 112 to No. 184, down about 1,000 copies.
The Billboard Hot 100
-- Taio Cruz: Closing the gap between his hit at No. 2 and Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, which ranks at No. 1 for a fifth frame, Cruz's "Dynamite" claims the chart's heftiest airplay increase for a second consecutive week (121 million audience impressions, up 17%). The track is likewise the Greatest Gainer on Mainstream Top 40 (5-2) for a second straight frame.
-- Katy Perry: The pop singer/songwriter becomes the tenth solo female in the Hot 100's 52-year history to concurrently place two titles in the top five as a lead artist, as her former six-week No. 1, "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, rebounds 4-3 and "Teenage Dream" jumps 9-5 with Digital Gainer honors (185,000 downloads sold, up 27%). Perry continues to prime the Aug. 24 release of her second Capitol Records album, "Teenage Dream," as a fourth charted song from the set, "Circle the Drain," arrives at No. 58 (50,000 downloads). Last week, fellow preview track "Not Like the Movies" began at No. 53; this week, that song disappears from the list following a 76% decline in downloads.
-- Taylor Swift: Following its arrival on the Hot 100 last week at No. 3, download sales for "Mine" decreased by 41% to 176,000 in its first full week of availability, dropping the track to No. 8 (and from No. 1 to 4 on Hot Digital Songs). The cut soars at radio, however, vaulting 53-30 on Hot 100 Airplay (37 million in audience, up 55%). The song is the first single from Swift's third album "Speak Now," due Oct. 25.
-- Trey Songz: The first single from Songz' fourth studio album, "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" (due Sept. 14), marks his highest career Hot 100 debut, bounding in at No. 22. The cut launches at No. 17 on Hot Digital Songs (64,000) and rises 59-53 on Hot 100 Airplay (24 million impressions, up 18%).
-- Zac Brown Band: Fresh off its fourth Hot Country Songs No. 1, "Free," from its album "The Foundation" (this week the song drops 1-3 on Hot Country Songs), the group's "As She's Walking Away," featuring Alan Jackson, enters the Hot 100 at No. 77. It previews the band's second major-label album, "You Get What You Give," due Sept. 21.
-- Viral YouTube sensation "Bed Intruder Song" debuts at No. 89 on the Hot 100 solely off the strength of download sales (30,000; up 182%). The recording sports heavily auto-tuned interviewee Antoine Dodson discussing an attack on his sister, Kelly, who is also featured on the song, along with vocals and production from the Gregory Brothers.