Carly Rae Jepsen and Rick Ross muscle out the competition, Ellie Goulding surges, and Phillip Phillips makes a gigantic chart leap with his Idol coronation song “Home.” Here’s your guide to who’s burning up (and flaming out) on the music charts:
Rick Ross: The large and in charge rapper’s fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t became his fourth number one album, selling 219,000 copies in its first week. The sales total was the largest rap debut since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded bowed with 253,000 copies earlier this year.
Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe,” which this week passed the 5 million mark in sales, logged a ninth week atop Billboard’s Hot 100. The track, the first off her just-announced Kiss (due Sept. 18), is now the longest-running number one single in 2012 over Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which held the peak position for eight weeks and is still sitting pretty at No. 6.
Those two songs, along with fun.’s “We Are Young” – all of which are debut singles by new artists – have now held the number one spot for 23 consecutive weeks, and if Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” can tick up one more placement next week, the new artist streak may extend even longer. More on that in a minute…
Phillip Phillips: The 11th American Idol winner’s coronation single “Home” leaped from No. 84 to No. 9 following multiple features in NBC’s Olympic coverage. “Home” sold 228,000 digital copies this week (a 472 percent increase), enough to top the Hot Digital Songs chart and push its total to 844,000. If the momentum continues – ten days after its first Olympic feature, it’s still the top-selling song on iTunes – radio programmers will likely get on board with the track, which would give it a whole additional boost.
Ellie Goulding: Skrillex’s British ladyfriend is thisclose to hitting number one on the Hot 100. Her unstoppable single “Lights” jumped from number five to number two in its 33rd week on the chart. The track’s endurance is all the more interesting given its under-performance in the U.K., where it peaked at number 49. Goulding could become a chart-topper next week, if a certain Floridian rapper doesn’t get in the way.
Flo Rida: Indeed, the single-selling kingpin has another hit on his hands with “Whistle.” Sure, Phillip Phillips’ “Home” may have slightly outsold “Whistle,” which moved another 220,000 downloads in its 12th week, but Flo’s formidable fanbase and massive radio-power pushed the naughty single from fourth place to third on the Hot 100. With about 1.2 million singles already sold, “Whistle” could reach first place next week. Stay tuned to find out if it does.
Jana Kramer: The One Tree Hill alumnus has her first legitimate hit on the country chart. Winsome single “Why You Wanna” has been quietly climbing the chart for 33 weeks, and now it’s finally broken into the Top 10 at number nine. The feat is extra impressive as country radio is a notoriously difficult format for solo female singers not named Taylor, Carrie, or Miranda.
The Wanted: Everyone loved the British fivesome’s “Glad You Came,” but follow-up “Chasing The Sun” (and its uber cheesy video) just isn’t happening. After nine weeks, it still hasn’t cracked the Top 50. Why the boy band didn’t go with “Gold Forever” as their second single is a mystery to me.
Usher: “Scream” dropped from number nine (its peak) to number 12 in its 15th week on the chart. The R&B/pop crooner’s lead single from his latest set Looking 4 Myself just didn’t’ have the juice of former album launchers like “DJ Got Us Falling In Love” or “Yeah.” Consequently, Looking has suffered, selling a lackluster 316,000 copies after two months on the chart. His previous album, 2011’s Raymond v. Raymond, moved 329,000 copies in its debut week alone.
Katy Perry: The wide-eyed pop diva’s melancholy offering “Wide Awake” has been waiting patiently at number two for “Call Me Maybe” to give up its throne, but it fell down to number four this week, which has many thinking it could be another “One That Got Away.”
Still, the song is a bona fide success – it reached a new peak on Radio Songs this week, jumping from number three to number two, scoring 116.6 million audience impressions. It still could turn around, but that might be difficult as a slew of fresh singles – “Some Nights” by fun., “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, and “Want U Back” by Cher Lloyd – will likely be cluttering the Top 10 very soon.