Is it Thursday? No, it’s BillboardDay!

MadonnaHi out there,

It’s Thursday so it’s Billboard Charts day.

As expected, ‘The Hunger Games’ OST at no. 1 was a ‘bounce’, it’s down to no. 5.  Still, that’s great for an OST.

So what ‘bounced’ it?  Mad-onna’s ‘MDNA’ which has debuted at no. 1!  It’s quite incredible what publicity and the media can do.  I wonder how many of that album’s buyers were concerned about the quality of the music, rather than the palpable hype and hoopla swirling around the album’s singer (in this case I use the word ‘singer’ loosely – very loosely).

Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ has debuted at no. 2, finally bumping Adele’s ’21′ from that position.  If we Americans (including naturalized ones such as yours truly) have any sense or taste, ‘Tuskegee’ will bump ‘MDNA’ from its top spot next week!

British kiddie ambassador sensation One Direction (‘Up All Night’) is still in the Top Ten after three weeks, now down to no. 6.  And American elder statesman sensation, Bruce Springsteen is also still in the Top Ten after four weeks, dropping to no. 9.

But the news of the day on the charts is surely an ooold album’s comeback the Top Ten.  Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ has spent well over a year somewhere or another on Billboard’s Top 200, including pole position.  Last week it was at no. 31 and now it’s rocketed to no. 7 – back in the Top Ten!  No doubt this is the result of the publicity surrounding her upcoming 3D concert-documentary movie (in theatres on Independence Day), specially the trailer that was released only two days back.

On the singles side, The Hot 100′s peak position was held on to despite the likelihood of a debut single bumping it.  Justin Bieber’s new single ‘Boyfriend’ has entered the charts at no. 2, unable to dislodge fun’s ‘We are Young’ from the top spot.  ‘Young’ is at no. 1 for a fourth week running.  This single is in the Top Five on no less than half-a-dozen charts fifteen weeks after release!  That’s staying power for you.

Take it easy,

Shane

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