Chart Buzz: Adele, The Lonely Island, Lil Wayne, The Cars

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Posted May 21, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Adele takes No. 1 spot again, ‘SNL’ comedy troupe takes the third slot, Lil Wayne is popping up everywhere and The Cars make a mighty return

Adele is back on top. Her sophomore LP, 21, once again inherits the top spot at the Billboard 200 for the ninth time, selling over 156,000 units this week. That’s the longest run on the top of Billboard’s album chart since Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” had 11 weeks at No. 1 in late 2008 and early 2009. Analysts believe it will be the final time the album lands at No. 1, since Lady Gaga’s expected to take the top spot in two more weeks with her highly-anticipated album, Born This Way. But never underestimate the power of Adele.

Adele’s good news continues its spread at Billboard’s Hot 100, where “Rolling In The Deep” continues its run at number one, making her the first UK artist since the millennium to simultaneously top the US singles and albums charts for more than a week.

Don’t be too surprised at who landed at #3 this week. SNL star Andy Samberg heads up the trio The Lonely Island, a comedy-meets-musical duo. Their sophomore album, Turtleneck & Chain, the highest new entry at three and achieves the best start for a comedy album since Dane Cook’s Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden sold 90,000 copies back in 2007.

Weezy is showing some dominance on the charts these days. Guesting on hit tracks from Kelly Rowland (“Motivation”), Jennifer Lopez (“I’m Into You”) and Chris Brown (“Look at Me Now”), Lil Wayne is preparing for takeover as his upcoming album Tha Carter IV hits stores this summer. With his latest guest appearance on DJ Khaled-produced, Drake-featured, “I’m On One,” which debuted at number 60 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs’ chart, Lil Wayne now has a whopping twelve tracks on the chart.

Also making noise on the charts this week:

It’s been quite a delicious week for Eighties favorites. On the second week of its release, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, the latest record from The Beastie Boys, drops 2-6. After a twenty-year break, The Cars return with their latest disc, a reunion album called Move Like This. The album parks at #7, selling a reasonable 36,000 copies.

On the Billboard Hot 100:

#1 “Rolling In the Deep” – Adele
#2 “E.T.” – Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
#3 “The Edge of Glory” – Lady Gaga
#4 “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo
#5 “Just Can’t Get Enough” – The Black Eyed Peas
#6 “On the Floor” – Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
#7 “The Lazy Song” – Bruno Mars
#8 “Till the World Ends” – Britney Spears
#9 “Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes
#10 “Down On Me” – Jeremih feat. 50 Cent

CHART BUZZ is a bi-monthly series tracing the latest airplay, radio impressions  and unit sales numbers governed by Billboard and measured by Nielsen Soundscan. For more chart information and additional chart data, go to www.billboard.com or www.billboard.biz. Visit our abbreviated Billboard and iTunes charts at: www.hifimagazine.net/blog/charts


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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