Chart Watch: Michael Jackson’s Back In Top 20

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Michael Jackson returns to the top 20 on the Hot 100 for the first time since his death as "Love Never Felt So Good," a collabo with Justin Timberlake, debuts at #20. This marks Jackson's first appearance in the top 20 since "Butterflies" reached its #14 peak in January 2002.

"Love Never Felt So Good" is MJ's second posthumous Hot 100 hit. "Hold My Hand" (with Akon) reached #39 in January 2011. The catchy pop tune is the week's second highest of 11 new entries on the Hot 100. It's from the upcoming "Xscape," Jackson's second album of posthumous tracks, which is due May 13.

Timberlake is Jackson's fifth duet partner to rate equal billing. He follows Diana Ross ("Ease On Down The Road"), Paul McCartney ("The Girl Is Mine" and "Say Say Say"), Stevie Wonder ("Get It") and Janet Jackson ("Scream").

Jackson co-wrote "Love Never Felt So Good" with Paul Anka. The two stars also co-wrote "This Is It," which became the title track of Jackson's posthumous album and movie in 2009. (The song "bubbled under" the Hot 100, peaking at #118.)

Anka and Jackson have quite a bit in common. Both were young when they first charted. Anka was not quite 16 in July 1957 when he first hit the chart. Jackson was just 11 in November 1969 when he first charted with the Jackson 5. And of course, Anka hit #1 with a song titled "Diana." Jackson hit #1 with a song titled "Dirty Diana."

This week's big chart news is John Legend's "All Of Me" replacing Pharrell Williams's "Happy" at #1 on the Hot 100. I covered this, and the rest of the top 10 action, in a Chart Watch blog that we posted Wednesday. If you missed it, here's a link. This blog is a look at key movers and debuts below the top 10.

Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" jumps from #14 to #13 in its 10th week … Rixton's "Me And My Broken Heart" leaps from #29 to #14 in its sixth week. Digital sales rank: #7 (111K) … Ed Sheeran's "Sing" jumps from #16 to #15 in its fourth week. The song has already climbed as high as #14. Digital sales rank: #10 (86K) … Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" drops from #15 to #17 in its eighth week. The song peaked at #14. It holds at #1 on Top Country Songs for the fourth week.

Calvin Harris lands his fifth top 20 hit as "Summer" leaps from #26 to #18 in its seventh week. The song debuts at #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart. It's Harris's sixth #1 in that country; his fourth as a lead artist.


Coldplay's "A Sky Full Of Stars" debuts at #24—matching the peak position of the album's first single, "Magic." This is the third Hot 100 hit from the band's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," which is due May 19. Digital sales rank: #5 (139K). "Magic" rebounds from #59 to #56 in its ninth week … Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" leaps from #54 to #26 in its third week … Katy Perry's "Birthday" jumps from #37 to #29 in its fourth week … "Wild Wild Love" by Pitbull featuring G.R.L. jumps from #35 to #30 in its 10th week.

MAGIC!'s "Rude" leaps from #97 to #62 in its second week … "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg debuts at #68. It's from "Talk Dirty." This is vying to become Derulo's fifth top 10 hit … Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance" jumps from #80 to #72 in its third week … Christina Grimmie's "Hold On, We're Going Home" debuts at #74. The original by Drake featuring Majid Jordan reached #4 last year. Grimmie is a contestant on "The Voice" … Chris Young's "Who I Am With You" jumps from #94 to #80 in its second week.

"Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno debuts at #81. It's the third Hot 100 hit from his album, "Sex And Love." The title of the new song, which is Spanish for "Dancing," is similar to that of Iglesias's 1999 breakthrough hit "Bailamos," which translates as "We Dance" … Brantley Gilbert's "My Baby's Guns N' Roses" debuts at #87. It's the second Hot 100 single from his third studio album, "Just As I Am," which is due May 19 … Iggy Azalea's "Work" debuts at #88. Azalea has two singles in the top five this week. Ariana Grande's "Problem," on which she is featured, debuts at #3. Her own "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) jumps from #7 to #4.

"My Eyes" by Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian debuts at #97. It's vying to become the fifth top 40 hit from "Based On A True Story…" … Craig Campbell's "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" debuts at #99. It's the second Hot 100 hit from his sophomore album, "Never Regret"… Katy Tiz's version of "The Big Bang" debuts at #100. The original version by Rockmafia reached #98 in 2010.

Miranda Lambert's 2008 hit "Gunpowder & Lead" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her second solo hit to reach this level. Her 2010 smash "The House That Built Me" topped 2M three weeks ago. Taylor Swift has seven country songs at or above 2 million. That's more than any other country artist, male or female. Carrie Underwood is second among country female artists with four.

Brantley Gilbert's 2011 hit "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" tops the 1M mark in digital sales this week.