WINNER OF THE WEEK: In a digital-singles world, Lil Wayne has the perfect skill set. He’s perhaps the most prolific rapper in history, spewing out quality single after quality single with such speed that he even confuses his own backup band. “After the second leg [of the tour], we had to to figure out how to incorporate all these new songs with all this stuff that people know and love and come to see him perform, plus we have a [new] mixtape that has nothing to do with the seven songs he just dropped on the radio, plus [the upcoming] Tha Carter IV,” his music director, Gil Smith II, told Rolling Stone recently. “You’re talking about 30 songs we haven’t even tapped into.” It’s characteristic that even before Wayne’s last single, “How to Love,” dropped out of the top 10 on the singles chart, Wayne has a new one, “She Will,” co-starring Drake, which just hit Number One on both iTunes and Billbord and sold 255,000 digital copies. Prolific songwriters should pay very, very close attention to how Lil Wayne runs his business – each single activates the next.
LOSER OF THE WEEK: Could LMFAO’s insane dominance of the singles chart this year finally be coming to an end? The duo’s “Party Rock Anthem” finally slips from Number Two to Number Five on Billboard’s Hot 100, selling 148,000, a drop of eight percent. On the most recent Ultimate Chart, which BigChampagne compiles from online stuff like Facebook likes and YouTube views, it slipped from Number One to Three, and it landed at just Number Six on iTunes. We’re sure the band doesn’t care: As of a couple of weeks ago, according to Nielsen Soundscan, it sold more than 3.6 million singles total – compared to just 109,000 copies of its album Sorry for Party Rocking. Continue reading