B.o.B. (sort of) wins the week
As expected, B.o.B.'s Adventures of Bobby Ray is the number one album in the country this week. Of course, it only needed to sell 84,000 copies to do it. As Billboard notes, this is the first three-week run of no albums breaking 100,000 since February of last year. Cue alarm bells, death of The Industry rant, etc.
Not that B.o.B. is already proving a flop. He's still got a pair of songs in the top ten of the iTunes chart (not a horrible predictor of the Hot 100, and available sooner), although "Nothin' On You" is down to number six, while the Hayley Williams assisted "Airplanes" is up to number two. We'll have to wait until tomorrow, when Billboard releases the Hot 100, to see what else B.o.B.'s got charting (there was already a non-single in at 67 last week). So the point here is that, if anything, B.o.B.'s subpar sales are one more crystal-clear indication that what people are buying has little correlation with what people are listening to.
Replacing B.o.B. at number one on the Hot 100 is Usher with "OMG." The song was produced by and features will.i.am, whose return to the top of the charts serves as an ugly reminder that, at this time last year, the Black Eyed Peas had already begun a reign atop the Hot 100 that would last until October.
More reminders of that dark time came earlier this week, when, as our sister blog in New York noted, The Peas became the proud owners of the best-selling digital single of all time with "I Gotta Feeling." Just in case you've forgotten how horrible that song is:
Back to the relatively-Peas-less present: Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" dropped a couple spots to number nine, but it looks like it will nevertheless hangs in there for a 38th week on the chart. If it's still there in two weeks, we're quitting our jobs and starting an adult-contemporary/quasi-country band. We'll need a curly-haired blonde girl. Ability to hit notes optional.
Justin Bieber is back into the top ten on iTunes this week with "Eenie Meenie," which we keep getting bored of and shutting it off halfway through. Is it just us, or is Top 40 radio sort of embarrassed to play Bieber? Haven't heard much from the kid on the airwaves around here.
Other than that, we don't have much to report from this week's chart. Rihanna's "Rude Boy" has officially worn out its welcome, but it's still in the top ten, so we assume we'll have to continue hearing it every time we turn on the radio. Ditto Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart," which is actually getting a second wind. Warm weather, maybe?
The complete iTunes singles and albums charts for this week:
1. "OMG (feat. will.i.am)," Usher
2. "Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore)," B.o.B.
3. "Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris)," Taio Cruz
4. "Your Love Is My Drug," Ke$ha
5. "Young Forever (feat. Mr. Hudson)," Jay-Z
6. "Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars)," B.o.B
7. "Hey, Soul Sister," Train
8. "Rude Boy," Rihanna
9. "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
10. "Eenie Meenie," Sean Kingston, Justin Bieber
1. "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray," B.o.B
2. "Fever," Bullet for My Valentine
3. "Glee -- The Music, the Power of Madonna," Glee Cast
4. "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
5. "Revelation," Sons of Sylvia
6. "Punk Goes Classic Rock," Various Artists
7. "Raymond v Raymond," Usher
8. "Fearless Love," Melissa Etheridge
9. "The Fame Monster (standard)," Lady GaGa
10. "Animal," Ke$ha