Chart Buzz: Jill Scott, Beyoncé, OneRepublic, LMFAO

Posted July 7, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Big openings from Jill Scott and Beyoncé on Billboard 200; LMFAO earns their first No. 1 with dance hit and OneRepublic scores their second Top Ten hit

Jill Scott lands her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with The Light of the Sun. The album also signalfizes the R&B/neo-soul singer’s debut on the Warner label, after departing from her longtime Hidden Beach Recordings label, where she has recorded her first three albums.

Beyoncé is planning to own the Billboard 200 on next week as 4, her fourth disc, becomes her fourth No. 1 record, selling 310,000 copies. But the album is in a bit of trouble without having a hit single to promote it. So far, “Run the World (Girls)” has peaked at an underwhelming No. 29 and her other singles have yet to make major traction on the pop and R&B charts. 4 is also earns the lowest sales on opening week of all of her four albums. Her last record, I Am…Sasha Fierce, entered the chart with 482,000 units. B’Day, her second album, sold 541,000 copies on its first week. Still, the album sells a significant amount of records on its first week of release, becoming the third largest selling album this year with Lady Gaga and Adele  in the lead.

The pop/hip-hop deejay duo LMFAO, also the duo and son and grandson, respectively, of Motown founder Berry Gordy Redfoo and Skyblu, also will land their first No. 1 Hot 100 hit next week with “Party Rock Anthem.” The clumb to No. 1 has been a teudious battle, but in recent weeks the single has been racking up major downloads, video requests and excessive radio airplay. The song climbs 3-1 from last week, earning Digital Gainer honors. Adele‘s “Rolling In the Deep” falls 2-3, as Pitbull‘s “Give Me Everything” takes the No. 2 spot and Katy Perry‘s breezy party jam “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” holds tight to No. 4. for the second week in a row.

With a highly-televised performance alongside The Voice finalist Beverly McClellan, OneRepublic is also celebrating their latest Top Ten hit with “Good Life.” The song jumps 18-9, becoming the group’s second Hot 100 top 10 hit, following the Timbaland-assisted 2007 hit “Apologize.”

Speaking of The Voice, the show’s finalists and winner are making big leaps on the Hot 100 survey with Javier Colon earning a No. 17 debut and Dia Frampton‘s “Inventing Shadows” debuting at No. 20.

On the Billboard Hot 100 (Week of July 9, 2011):

#1 “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer
#2 “Rolling In the Deep” – Adele
#3 “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO feat.Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
#4  “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” – Katy Perry
#5 “Super Bass” – Nicki Minaj
#6 “The Edge of Glory” – Lady Gaga
#7 “E.T.” – Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
#8 “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
#9 “The Lazy Song” – Bruno Mars
#10 “How to Love” – Lil Wayne

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 or Visit our abbreviated Billboard and iTunes charts at:

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J Matthew Cobb

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