The lady and 'Red': Swift matches Madonna and Dionne Warwick for another impressive piece of Hot 100 history.
The country/pop superstar debuts five songs on the Hot 100 from the Billboard 200's new No. 1 album "Red," upping her total to 56 Hot 100 hits since she first graced the list with her No. 40-peaking debut single "Tim McGraw" in 2006. As she passes Connie Francis (53) and ties Madonna and Warwick's sums, Swift, Madonna and Warwick now trail only Aretha Franklin (73) for the lead among women.
Here is an updated look at the female artists with the most Hot 100 hits dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958, inception:
Among all acts, Franklin ranks sixth after the "Glee" cast (205 Hot 100 entries), Lil Wayne (110), Elvis Presley (108), James Brown (91) and Ray Charles (74).
Swift's "22" earns Hot Shot Debut honors on the Hot 100 at No. 44, followed by "I Almost Do" (No. 65), "Everything Has Changed," featuring Ed Sheeran (No. 67), "All Too Well" (No. 80) and "Stay Stay Stay" (No. 91). The songs join "Red" track "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (No. 11, after reigning for three weeks) on the tally, while the set's "I Knew You Were Trouble" (No. 3 peak), the title cut (No. 6), "Begin Again" (No. 7) and "State of Grace" previously charted as preview singles from the album.
'RED' REIGN: "Red," which as Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield insightfully computed, sold two copies every second last week, is the fifth album sporting the word "red" in its name to top the Billboard 200.
Here is a look at the "red"-titled releases to rule dating to the chart's launch as a weekly survey the week of March 24, 1956:
"Red Rose Speedway," Paul McCartney & Wings, 1973
"Red Octopus," Jefferson Starship, 1975
"The Red Light District," Ludacris, 2004
"Red River Blue," Blake Shelton, 2011
"Red," Taylor Swift, 2012
Honorable mention to Game's "The R.E.D. Album," which led the week of Sept. 10, 2011. ("R.E.D. - that's rededicated," the rapper explained of the title last year. "Rededicated to hip-hop … to my 'hood, Compton. Rededicated to my family, rededicated to everything.")
And, we'd be, well, red-faced, if we neglected the two-week Billboard 200 command of "Stadium Arcadium" in 2006. The album is the lone leader on the list for Red Hot Chili Peppers.
'RED RAIN': Peter Gabriel's classic 1987 album "So" returns thanks to its 25th anniversary re-mastered reissue. A greatly expanded version of the set debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 70, while the standard single-disc original album re-enters the Catalog Albums chart at No. 43. (Due to the former's abundance of bonus audio content, it charts separately from the latter set.)
"So" is Gabriel's longest-charting album on the Billboard 200, having racked 93 weeks on the ranking in 1986-89. The set reached No. 2 for three weeks in July/August 1986 (blocked from the top by the "Top Gun" soundtrack).
"So" yielded Gabriel's sole Hot 100 No. 1, "Sledgehammer," the No. 26-peaking "In Your Eyes" (which returned to the list in 1989 courtesy of its usage in the film "Say Anything"), "Big Time" (No. 8) and "Don't Give Up," with Kate Bush (No. 72). "Red Rain" (No. 3) and "That Voice Again" (No. 14) additionally scaled the Mainstream Rock chart.
25-YEAR MARX: While Gabriel commemorates 25 years of "So," an artist who first arrived on Billboard charts 25 years ago celebrates the bow of his first holiday set.
Richard Marx enters Holiday Albums at No. 21 with "Christmas Spirit," a re-working of his five-song "The Christmas EP" released last year. The new set's title cut (included on both collections) reached No. 15 on Adult Contemporary last season.
"(Labels) used to pressure me to do a Christmas record for years, and I'd go, 'No ... Old people do Christmas records'," says Marx, whose 1987 self-titled debut album, a No. 8 Billboard 200 hit, included four Hot 100 top five singles, including the No. 1 "Hold On to the Nights." (Somehow, his No. 2 1988 smash "Endless Summer Nights" didn't receive a seasonal makeover as "Endless Winter Nights." Then again, walks along beaches aren't quite the same when it's not bathing suit weather.) "Now, I'm (49), so, it's like, 'Let's do a Christmas record!," he chuckles.
"My wife (actress/singer Cynthia Rhodes) years ago asked, if nothing else, for my sons to do a Christmas recording for her," Marx told Chart Beat of the EP's origin at a visit to Billboard's New York offices earlier this year. "It started when they were kids; we did some silly, kiddie song. It evolved as they got more sophisticated musically. Then, they were producing the session(s) with me and they were playing instruments on everything and it was a real collaborative thing."
What the Marx men started as "just sort of a present for Cynthia" turned into the pop veteran's maiden full-length holiday album.
"I ended up having a lot of fun," Marx says.
'HALO' EFFECT: The "Halo 4 Soundtrack," the companion album to the upcoming game (due Nov. 6 in the U.S.), arrives as the highest-charting video game soundtrack in the Billboard 200's archives, debuting at No. 50.
The set passes the No. 107 peak of the prior record-holder, 2007's "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Companion Pack."
On the Soundtracks chart, "Halo 4" debuts at No. 3. It's the fifth, and highest-charting, title from the game franchise to reach the ranking, following "Halo 2" (No. 12, 2004), "Halo 3" (No. 18, 2007), "Halo 3: ODST" (No. 15, 2009) and "Halo: Reach" (No. 8, 2010).
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield.