Chart Buzz: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Adele

Posted February 25, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” makes Billboard history, the Bieb’s LP of remixes hits the No. 1 spot, Grammy performance gives “Forget You” chart resurrection and Adele’s 21 is expected to debut at No. 1

Lady Gaga made history with her latest single, “Born This Way.” Tipped by a long wait from her fans and a super egg-cellent performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on CBS, the song, resembling Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100, becoming the 1,000th No. 1 in Billboard music history. It also maintained the top spot on the Digital Songs’ survey on the following week, a first for a record single since Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” in December 2008.

The Billboard Top 100 made its debut in August 1958 with “Poor Little Boy” by Ricky Nelson recognized as the survey’s first No. 1. A double-issue from Billboard Magazine, featuring Gaga on the front cover recognizing her 1000th No. 1 achievement, displays a history of Billboard’s No. 1’s.

“Born This Way” also improved on the Billboard Top 100 the following week, with an increase of 509,000 downloads  (up 14 percent) according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You (Forget You)” is the starlet on the Digital Songs’ survey this week, as a spike coming from his Gwyneth Paltrow-Muppet performance during the the Grammy Awards brought a 178% increase with 412,000 downloads. It rose to No. 2 on the Digital Songs’ chart and jumps 7-2 on the Billboard Hot 100, even garnering the Greatest Gainer/Airplay tag.

Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” sparked by his performance at the Grammys, allowed him to take the No. 3 spot at the Billboard Hot 100.

Never Say Never: The Remixes, a remix album promoting Justin Bieber’s music documentary, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In the singles, world, Bieber’s “Never Say Never” cracks into the top 10 – the second time for Bieber. His performance at the Grammys may have sparked the singles’ rise, climbing 25-8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 12-4 on the Digital Songs’ survey.

In other singles’ news, Rihanna is making major strides with her latest dance number, “S&M.” The song went 8-7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Enrique Iglesias’s “Tonight I’m Lovin’ You” drop three spots to No. 9 and Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” tumbles from No. 1 to 10.

Adele is expected to land at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week for her sophomore LP, 21. The album has already claimed the No. 1 spots in over 14 countries. The album is expected to sell from 275,000 to 300,000 copies. If that’s true, it would be the biggest sales week for any album since the holiday rush of 2010. We won’t know until Thursday next week. Adele’s currently riding on the success of her critically-acclaimed debut album, a Grammy win for Best New Artist and the latest single, “Rolling in the Deep,” which rose 41-26 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The single has performed better than her  previous Hot 100 entry: the No. 21 pop hit “Chasing Pavements.”


Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Grows Atop Grammy-Fueled Hot 100 –
Adele’s ’21’ Likely to Take No. 1on Billboard 200 Next Week –

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