Mostly, it's business as usual on the Hot 100 this week. With Adele's post-VMAs sales high wearing off a bit, Maroon 5 bounce back up to #1 with "Moves Like Jagger," and after "Someone Like You" at #2, the top five is rounded out by Foster the People, LMFAO and Bad Meets Evil, all of whom have been bouncing around the chart's upper region for some weeks now. The biggest debut comes from Kelly Clarkson, whose "Mr Know It All" sees a respectable first-week showing at #18, the second-highest debut on the chart for Kelly's career. All in all, a pretty boring week in Billboard land.
But if you read Gary Trust's preliminary column about next week's chart, the most interesting piece of information contained therein is buried towards the very bottom:
Hugh Laurie, aka, Dr. Gregory House of Fox's "House, M.D.," earns his first Hot 100 hit, as "Police Dog Blues" enters at No. 58 (46,000 downloads). Parent album "Let Them Talk" bows on the Billboard 200 at No. 16 and Blues Albums at No. 1 with 20,000 copies sold.
Huh? I mean, we were vaguely aware that Laurie had a musical career of some sort in the works, but we had no idea his song—a nice, if unexceptional blues number, which sounds like it's sung neither with his real-life British accent or the American one he adopted for House—was making that kind of impact. What's more, we can't really trace where the impact is coming from—Laurie isn't even on the iTunes 100 list, nor has he been to our knowledge over the last week, and the song certainly doesn't seem like the type to get much help from radio.
Well, whatever the explanation—and we'd love to hear it, if anyone has one—good for Laurie. He might not be able to win an Emmy, but now he'll have something that statue hog Bryan Cranston never will. Unless he and Aaron Paul record a duet of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" for the Season Four finale of Breaking Bad, of course. (We smell an EGOT!!!)