UPDATE: Billboard announces that Pentatonix achieved their first number one on the BB200! Congrats! 98K equivalent albums (88K in straight album sales). They narrowly beat out former X-Factur US Judge Demo Lovato who also had 98K in equivalent albums.
There are two milestones this week from Q4 albums…but first a word on Adele.
Adele rocked the music world this weekend with her release of “Hello”. I’ve never seen the iTunes charts so compressed. Considering that Justin Bieber also released a song that would have done some impressive chart compression only makes it more unbelievable. The world was ready for a new single from Queen Adele and her song instantly topped sales charts around the world and program directors put her on heavy rotation. The song won’t likely debut at number one on the Hot 100 because it got so much radio play over the weekend. It’s already at 17 on AC, 21 on AAA, 23 on HAC and 30 on Pop – in just 3 days. On Friday, Adele set the one day record for sales moving more than 400K – most artist would kill for that in a week. It seems clear that the song will also topple the long held top selling single of the week record that Flo Rida set in February of 2009 (“Right Round” moved 636K). Adele’s best previous week was “Rolling in the Deep” which sold 353K for the week of May 15th (no reason for her to beware the Ides of May), 2011.
Season 4 Idol winner Carrie Underwood has a new album out this week and her lead single from that album set a milestone today. “Smoke Break” moves into the top 5 on Country. This is 10 years since she won the show.
X-Factor UK contestants One Direction may have not won their year, but they won the after-show. They have a new album coming out on November 13th (against Justin Bieber) and their second radio single from that album is zipping up the charts. “Perfect” moves from 50th on the Pop chart last week to 35th this week.
“If I Have To”: 37 AC (31)
“Hole in a Bottle”: ^44 Country (47)
“Smoke Break”: ^5 Country (6)
“Gonna Wanna Tonight”: 9 Country (2)
“Worth It” f. Kid Ink: 39 HAC (39)
“Invincible”: 27 AC (21)
“First”: 7 CAC (6)
“Thunder”: 29 HAC (30)
“Drag Me Down”: ^6 Pop (7); ^21 HAC (23); 36 AC (35)
“Perfect”: ^35 Pop (50)
“Can’t Sleep Love”: ^16 AC (18); ^35 HAC (38); ^44 Pop (43)
“Classic”: ^39 UAC (36)
Note: Numbers indicate position on the chart while numbers in brackets indicate the position on the chart the previous week. The “^” (aka “a bullet”) indicates that a song gained spins since last week.
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This is the daily numbers thread for Monday. Stats collected on Monday morning.