Usher continues atop singles chart
'OMG' also reclaims No. 1 spot on Digital Songs tallyNEW YORK -- Usher continues his Billboard Hot 100 dominance as "OMG" rolls to a third non-consecutive week atop the chart. The title also reclaims the No. 1 spot on the Digital Songs tally with 236,000 downloads (down 2%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, after last topping that list three weeks ago.
Last week's download champ, Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, falls 1-3 on Digital Songs with a modest 20% decrease in its second week of availability (to 231,000). That manageable dip in sales combined with the largest airplay gain of the week (up 57% to 52.3 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS), enables "Gurls" to retain a stellar ranking on the Hot 100 (2-3).
Moving next in line for a No. 1 Hot 100 takeoff is "Airplanes" by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams (3-2). The title also ranks at No. 2 on Digital Songs (232,000) and moves into the top 10 of Radio Songs (13-8). B.o.B's former No. 1 "Nothin' On You" retreats 4-5 on the Hot 100, but maintains its lead standing on the Radio Songs chart for a third week.
"Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris continues to bounce around the upper portion of the Hot 100, climbing 5-4 this week. Since reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated March 20, the title has jostled between the No. 3 and No. 6 slots.
Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" struts 8-6 in its eighth week on the chart, bypassing Ke$ha's "Your Love Is My Drug," which holds at No. 7.
Miley Cyrus makes another fast start on the Hot 100 as "Can't Be Tamed," the title track from her upcoming June 22 album, is the Hot Shot Debut at No. 8. First-week sales of 191,000 downloads are the main driver for "Tamed's" top 10 arrival, with that sum representing her second-best debut sales week, following "Party in the U.S.A." (226,000) last August. Her new song is Cyrus' third top 10 Hot 100 debut under her name, following "Party" (No. 2) and "The Climb" (No. 6, in March 2009). She also placed a top 10 debut with "He Could Be the One" (No. 10) under the Hannah Montana moniker last July. Radio airplay for Cyrus' tamed is also building at a nice clip as the track's overall audience increases by 59% to 10.8 million impressions, while a gain of 563 plays pushes it 35-28 on the Pop Songs chart.
Rounding out the top 10 are two former No. 1s, Eminem's "Not Afraid" (6-9) and "Rude Boy" by Rihanna (9-10).
La Roux's "Bulletproof" is the chart's Digital Gainer (19-14), moving 97,000 downloads (up 21%). The song has posted digital download increases in each of its 12 chart weeks, progressing from 20,000 in the March 20 issue to this week's nearly triple-digit sum. The main driver of sales is...radio airplay. The song is on the cusp of the top 10 on Pop Songs (14-11) and moves 35-22 on Radio Songs with an audience gain of 26%.
Another week, another five Glee Cast debuts, the fourth straight week the troupe has sent a handful of tracks onto the list. Leading the way this week is its rendition of Aerosmith's "Dream On," featuring actor Neil Patrick Harris, at No. 26. Also debuting are "I Dreamed A Dream" (No. 31), "Safety Dance" (No. 81), "Bad Romance" (No. 86) and "Poker Face" (No. 100).
Avenged Sevenfold makes its second Hot 100 appearance, immediately surpassing the peak of its only prior entry, "Bat Country." That track, a No. 2 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart, reached No. 60 in January 2006.
Muse opens at No. 77 with "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)," the lead track from the soundtrack to the highly anticipated movie "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." The song also opens at an impressive No. 22 on Alternative Songs.
Jamaican vocalist Gyptian opens at No. 96 with "Hold You (Hold Yuh)." The title currently resides atop the Reggae Digital Songs chart for a ninth consecutive week (10,000, up 15%).
The rest of the Hot 100 debuts are 3OH3's "Touchin On My" (No. 49), "WooHoo" from Christina Aguilera featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 79) and Zac Brown Band's "Free" (No. 95).