Week Ending May 20, 2012. Songs: J.Lo’s Song Sputters
This isn't what Jennifer Lopez wants to hear as she comes down from the high of the two-hour season finale of American Idol (and as she weighs the decision of whether to re-sign for a third season with the hit show), but her current single seems to be running out of gas on the Hot 100. "Dance Again," featuring Pitbull, drops from #17 to #19 in its seventh week. Singles often move up and down, but since J.Lo's twice-weekly Idol visibility is coming to an end, at least for this season, it's starting to look like #17 will be this record's peak.
By contrast, "On The Floor," J.Lo's 2011 collaboration with Pitbull, logged 15 weeks in the top 10, peaking at #3. I don't think "Dance Again" is as striking as "On The Floor." As Randy Jackson might say, "This one was just OK for me."
"Dance Again" is doing better in digital sales than in radio airplay. The song has been listed in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs for the past two weeks. It dips from #9 to #10 this week, though its sales actually increase slightly, from 103K to 107K.
J.Lo, as ever, is moving on. On the Idol finale, she performed two new songs, "Goin' In" (featuring Flo Rida) and "Follow The Leader," a collabo with the Puerto Rican duo Wisin & Yandel. "Goin' In" is the first release from the forthcoming movie Step Up Revolution, which is due July 27. (It's the fourth movie in the Step Up franchise.)
Nine Donna Summer songs enter Hot Digital Songs in the wake of her death last week. The Oscar-winning "Last Dance" leads the way, with sales of 38K, almost all of which transpired between her death on Thursday and the close of the tracking week on Sunday.
Here are the others that rank among this week's top 200 digital hits (and their sales for the week): "On The Radio" (19K), "Hot Stuff" (16K), "She Works Hard For The Money" (16K), "Bad Girls" (13K), "Love To Love You Baby" (12K), "MacArthur Park" (11K), "Dim All The Lights" (11K) and "Heaven Knows" (10K).
It stands to reason that "Last Dance" made the biggest splash in recent days of any of Summer's hits. It was Summer's signature song. It brought Summer the first of her five Grammys and allowed her to sing on the Oscar stage. "Heaven Knows" was also very special in her career. The 1979 hit featured the trio Brooklyn Dreams, which included Bruce Sudano, to whom Summer was married from 1980 until her death.
Summer's 1977 techno smash "I Feel Love" sold 9K this week, not quite enough to qualify for the 200-deep Hot Digital Songs list. (The minimum number needed this week was a shade over 10K).