Chart Buzz: Amy Winehouse, LMFAO, Pitbull, Hot Chelle Rae

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Posted August 1, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Amy Winehouse Back to Black resurrects back on the charts; LMFAO and Pitbull are storming radio and digital downloads with their singles

Adele‘s 21 is back on top again for the eleventh non-consecutive time at No. 1, knocking last week’s No. 1, Blake Shelton‘s Red River Blue (his first ever No. 1 LP) to No. 6. 21 is up two slots with a gain of 1 percent (77,000 copies sold). To date, 21 has sold over 2,750,000 copies in the U.S. and remains the best-selling album of 2011. It also manages to tie the record with Taylor Swift’s Fearless (2008), with 11 weeks parked at the No. 1 spot.

The children’s-pop compilation Kidz Bop 20 made its debut at No. 2, with 69,000 copies sold. Rock band 3 Doors Down settles for the third spot with their fifth disc, Time Of My Life.

But the major talk of the week surrounds Amy Winehouse and the impact her passing has had on the charts. After the passing of Amy Winehouse, record sales soared with unbelievable expectations, putting her critically-acclaimed Back to BlackLP back in the Top Ten. The album soars to No. 9, selling 37,000 copies (up an astounding 3,140%), while Winehouse’s first album, Frank, climbs to No. 57 with 8,000 copies sold. On the Digital Songs’ survey, Winehouse’s “Rehab” re-enters at No. 46, selling 38,000 downloads.

Big news for the Gordy Boyz – best known as LMFAO – as their summer jam “Party Rock Anthem” pulls off 209,000 downloads for the week. It maintains its dominance at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week in a row. It even maintains his posture at No. 1 on Digital Songs, although the song’s digital sales declined by 9%. At radio, the LMFAO hit is buzzing at No. 3 with a 7% audience gain with 134 million in all-format. Also on Digital Sales, Katy Perry‘s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” climbs 3-2 with 164,000 copies sold. Nicki Minaj is right behind her with “Super Bass,” rising to No. 3 (154,000 copies sold).

Pitbull‘s “Give Me Everything,” which features guest slots from Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, parks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song managed to park at No. 1 three weeks ago, but is still making great strides on radio, gaining 1% in airplay and parking at No. 2 on the Radio Songs’ survey.

Nashville pop group Hot Chelle Rae is also making major noise at radio and in music sales with their first-ever Top 10 hit “Tonight Tonight.” The song, released on the group’s 2011 digital EP, zips 7-4 on the Digital Songs’ survey (148,000, up 13%), and has blossomed to become one of the best latter summer anthem releases.


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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