'Glee' tracks liven up Billboard Hot 100
'Take a Bow,' 'Don't Stop Believin' ' on chartThe top six songs on the Billboard Hot 100 hold steady this week, but the new season of Fox's "Glee" brings joy to the chart.
The television show's cast recording of Rihanna's hit "Take a Bow" is the week's top debut at No. 46. The song scored 53,000 downloads after the show's season premiere Sept. 9. "Don't Stop Believin'," another song covered by the motley crew of musical misfits on "Glee," re-enters this week's chart at No. 78. The cast version of the Journey classic first made its debut on the chart in May after the "Glee" pilot aired, which prompted 177,000 downloads in the chart week that followed.
Black Eyed Peas are No. 1 again this week with "I Gotta Feeling," with the track earning Greatest Gainer/Digital honors as Sept. 10 performances on both "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and NBC's "NFL Kickoff Special" prompt a 32,000 download increase. Oddly enough, with all the success of both "Feeling" and their previous chart-topper "Boom Boom Pow," this is the first time the Black Eyed Peas have scored the week's top download gainer with either track.
Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne's "Down" holds at No. 2, and Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." remains at No. 3 this week. The song moved way up on Hot 100 Airplay (35-19), giving Cyrus her third consecutive top 20 hit on that list.
Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West are still at No. 4 with "Run This Town," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" sticks at No. 5, and Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" spends another week at No. 6. Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say" climbs 9-7, Mariah Carey's "Obsessed" falls 7-8, Pitbull's "Hotel Room Service" slips 8-9, and Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester's "Good Girls Go Bad" jumps 13-10.
Elsewhere on the chart, Cascada's "Evacuate the Dancefloor" climbs 41-39 in search of a repeat of the top 10 success of "Everytime We Touch." Cascada also scores its third No. 1 on Hot Dance Airplay (2-1).
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" debuts at No. 50 this week, and even though digital downloads from the rapper's No. 1 album were only available through Rhapsody for all but three days of this tracking period, the song still moved 43,000 tracks. Expect a rise into the top five next week for "Empire State of Mind," following the rap mogul's performance on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
Gucci Mane, who also had a digital exclusive for his EP on iTunes beginning Sept. 8, zooms 95-52 with "Wasted." The track moved 23,000 downloads and moves to the head of the Heatseekers Songs tally with a 12-1 leap.
Owl City's "Fireflies" soars 82-58, aided by a 46% download jump (to 39,000) for Minnesota native Adam Young.
Ayala Ben-Yehuda reported from Los Angeles; Silvio Pietroluongo reported from New York.