Adele finally fell from the top this week, thanks to none other than the Boss. That's right -- Bruce Springsteen's new release, Wrecking Ball, his seventeenth studio album, managed to end Adele's reign at the top of the Billboard 200, shifting 224,000 units to Adele's 195,000. Sales for Adele's 21 dropped 21 percent since last week, her 23rd non-consecutive week atop the charts, placing 21 in the top-selling albums of all time.
Now 41 lands at number three this week, while Lady Antebellum's Own The Night moves from sixteen to four. But Own The Night wasn't the only album to see a big sales spike by the 25-cent discounts offered by Google Play and AmazonMP3 this week, as Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto shot 24 spots to number five and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV goes 37 to 8. Strangely, Drake's Take Care and Whitney Houston's Whitney: The Greatest Hits are the only Top Ten albums from last week -- and Now 41 -- which were greatly impacted by the discount.
The Billboard Hot 100, meanwhile, looks fairly similar to last week's showing. Fun.'s "We Are Young" remains at the top, while The Wanted's "Glad You Came" is gaining on 'em, still at number four -- though sales dropped 7 percent, but radio play increased. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson actually holds at number two, Adele's "Set Fire to The Rain" remains at number three, and "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra moves from nine up to number five (it's also the number-one song in the United Kingdom).
Elsewhere on the chart, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj's collaboration, "Turn Me On," moves back up two, to number six, and Drake's "Take Care" with Rihanna returns to the top ten at number seven. Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild & Free" drop one, to number eight, and Nicki Minaj's "Starships" and Katy Perry's "Part Of Me" round out the top at nine and ten, respectively.
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Despite the fairly similar charting for many of the songs within the Hot 100, it's important to note that yesterday saw a revision to the chart, the first since 2007. Now, in conjunction with the new On-Demand Songs chart, streaming requests and plays will contribute to chart rankings -- as of yet, the new consideration will not affect the Billboard 200 albums chart. Subscription services, like Rhapsody and Spotify, will be included in the chart now, as will plays via MySpace, Yahoo! and any other streaming or online radio plays.
The Hot 100's consideration towards airplays on the radio and actual sales has also been adjusted, shifting more emphasis on digital streams and less on sales, but not much less. According to Billboard, the greatest consideration for charting on the Hot 100 will still come from sales, then radio, then online streams. Will it make that much of an impact on the chart next week? Perhaps.
You can probably expect to see a few random faces higher up in the chart and, if there's any justice in the new system, a higher charting for Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." Songs from Whitney Houston's catalog will surely make a reappearance, while Adele could regain a number-one song. Though it was possible before, the new construction of the Hot 100 will allow for non-singles to fare better on the chart due to their online streams but little to no radio play.
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