Happy once de Mayo, ladies and gentlemen!! Let’s travel into the land of the Top 20 singles and albums, courtesy of Billboard Magazine!!

Top 20 Albums:

1) “Hard Candy” Madonna
2) “E=MC2” Mariah Carey
3) “Spirit” Leona Lewis
4) “Lyfe Change” Lyfe Jennings
5) “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge” Def Leppard
6) “Rising Down” The Roots
7) “Third” Portishead
8) “Mudcrutch” Mudcrutch
9) “Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 27” Various Artists
10) “Greatest Hits-Limited Edition” Tim McGraw
11) “Taylor Swift” Taylor Swift
12) “Nine Lives” Steve Winwood
13) “Juno Soundtrack” Various Artists
14) “Alvin & The Chipmunks Soundtrack” Various Artists
15) “This Kind of Love” Carly Simon
16) “Sleep Through the Static” Jack Johnson
17) “Flight of the Concords Soundtrack”Flight of the Concords
18) “Troubadour” George Strait
19) “Coco” Colbie Caillat
20) “The Best of Both Worlds Concert” Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus

Top 20 Singles:

1) “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis
2) “Lollipop” Lil’ Wayne feat Static Major
3) “No Air” Chris Brown & Jordin Sparks
4) “Love in This Club” Usher feat. Young Jeezy
5) “Sexy Can I” Ray J. & Yung Berg
6) “4 Minutes” Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake
7) “Touch My Body” Mariah Carey
8) “Pocketful of Sunshine” Natasha Bedingfield
9) “Love Song” Sara Bareilles
10) “Leavin'” Jesse McCartney
11) “Damaged” Danity Kane
12) “Low” Flo-Rida feat. T-Pain
13) “Say” John Mayer
14) “See You Again” Miley Cyrus
15) “Forever” Chris Brown
16) “With You” Chris Brown
17) “Stop & Stare” OneRepublic
18) “Don’t Stop the Music” Rihanna
19) “Bust it Baby” Plies feat. Ne-Yo
20) “Realize” Colbie Caillat

*Colbie Caillat might be the most befuddling music purchase I’ve made in the past year. I guess it was one of those “let me see what the fuss is all about” purchases, and the fact is, she’s the most boring, white bread girl with an acoustic guitar in the history of music. She makes Jack Johnson (who I love, by the way) sound like freakin’ Mastodon by comparison.

*Hmmm…so I thought Plies was going to be a one-hit wonder. Thanks to Ne-Yo, “Bust it Baby” becomes his second hit. Too bad I can’t even remember what the first one was.

*Record industry folks, take a look at this stat. Of this week,s Top 20 singles, only five are by artists who have been around for 10 years or more (Li’l Wayne, Usher, Mariah Carey, Madonna and Ray J.). It also might be worth noting that of those five, Wayne, Usher and Ray J, are all under 30. Now, check out the album chart, where of the 16 albums that are not soundtracks or compilations, 10 of the artists/bands have been around for 10 years or more (and yes, I’m counting Mudcrutch, Tom Petty’s latest side project). Of the 6 remaining artists, all except Miley Cyrus are considered more “adult”-type artists. That should provide the world’s simplest reasoning for the fact that kids are buying singles (possibly because they can’t *afford* albums…hello??) and adults are buying albums. Can it get any more simple?

*Usher finds himself in the bizarre position of having the same song on the Top 100 twice…sort of. “Love in This Club Part II”, which features Beyonce, is hanging out at #51. I don’t think the Billboard folks have explained yet why the two songs aren’t combined on the chart, assuming “Part II” is just a remix of “Part I”. Even if the songs sound completely different…the two versions of J. Lo’s “I’m Real” were completely different and they charted together.

*Is Lyfe Jennings, who debuts in the Top 5 for the second consecutive time, becoming the 21st century Gerald LeVert…a consistently-selling R&B crooner that mainstream radio and media COMPLETELY ignores?

*On their Def Jam swan song, The Roots tie “Things Fall Apart” with the highest debut of their career, at #6 (granted, with about half the sales, but still…)

*”Idol”‘s ratings might be declining, but it’s influence is still strong. A performance of “Pocketful of Sunshine” moves Natasha Bedingfield into the Top 10 for the second time (following the ridiculously overplayed “Unwritten”), and the album also takes a huge jump. Meanwhile, Neil Diamond, who mentored the contestants in the same episode, is poised to score his first #1 album EVER next week, with “Idol” runner-up Gay…uh, Clay Aiken trailing at #2. In non-“Idol” debuts, look for big singles chart splashes from Rihanna and Coldplay’s new songs.

…why do I feel like i should now be saying “keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars”? Damn you, Casey Kasem!!