Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.'
The song is the second by a Canadian female artist to top both the Hot 100 and the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. "Maybe" spent four weeks atop the latter list beginning in February. Dating to the Canadian Hot 100's March 31, 2007, launch, Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" is the only other title by a Canadian woman to crown both rankings. Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario; Jepsen, in Mission, British Columbia.
Jepsen's hit is just the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 featuring the word "call" in its title. The previous such songs called to the chart's top spot? The first two reigned a month apart in 1980: Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and Blondie's "Call Me." Until Jepsen's ascension, Stevie Wonder dialed up the Hot 100's last No. 1 "call": 1984's "I Just Called to Say I Love You." (Notably, both Wonder and Jepsen performed on the Billboard Music Awards on May 20.)
Faithful Chart Beat reader Pablo Nelson of Berkeley, Calif., points out that while it's somewhat commonplace for one-name monikers to appear at No. 1 - i.e, Adele, Cher, Madonna, Prince, Rihanna, etc. - those with three names are much rarer. Jepsen is the first lead artist with three names to top the Hot 100 in more than 24 years (excluding nicknames or middle initials). The week of May 7, 1988, Terence Trent D'Arby ruled with "Wishing Well."
Nelson adds that Jepsen brings the word "Maybe" to the Hot 100's summit for the first time. The next highest-charting such odes to indecision? Wings' "Maybe I'm Amazed" (No. 10, 1977), Lesley Gore's "Maybe I Know" (No. 14, 1964) and the Jackson 5's "Maybe Tomorrow" (No. 20, 1971).
Meanwhile, no song with "yes" in its title has conquered the Hot 100; Teri Desario's "Yes, I'm Ready," with K.C., is the biggest, having reached No. 2 in 1980.
Negativity has produced more positive results on the Hot 100, as 10 songs (excluding B-sides listed alongside No. 1 A-sides) with the word "no" in their names have led the list: The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (1965), Diana Ross' "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1970), America's "A Horse With No Name" (1972), Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" (1975), Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer's "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (1979), Hall and Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" (1982)*, Billy Ocean's "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" (1984), Blackstreet's "No Diggity," featuring Dr. Dre (1996), TLC's "No Scrubs" (1999) and Alicia Keys' "No One" (2007).
(*As for Hall and Oates, the pair ranks in the Billboard 200's top 40 for the first time since 1988, as their "The Very Best of Daryl Hall John Oates" re-enters the chart at No. 34 thanks to Amazon MP3 deep discounting. The duo had last placed in the region with the No. 24-peaking "Ooh Yeah!" the week of July 9, 1988. That set yielded Hall and Oates' last Hot 100 top 10, "Everything Your Heart Desires," which reached No. 3.)
And, Jeff Lerner of Long Island, New York, teaches us that Jepsen is the second artist named Carly to control the Hot 100. Carly Simon led in 1973 with "You're So Vain" (a decidedly less inviting pickup line than "Call Me Maybe").
THE KING REIGNS AGAIN: Michael Jackson debuts atop Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart (which ranks the top-selling physical singles according to Nielsen SoundScan), as his 1987 Hot 100 No. 1 "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," with Siedah Garrett, enters at the apex.
The song was reissued ahead of the forthcoming 25th anniversary rerelease of Jackson's album "Bad." The original spent six weeks atop the Billboard 200 in 1987 and became the first to generate five Hot 100 No. 1s; since, only Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (2010-11) has equaled the feat.
Jackson had last led Hot Singles Sales with "Black or White" for four weeks in 1991. He had last topped any Billboard chart when "Hollywood Tonight" rose to No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs the week of June 11, 2011.
The return of "Can't" is the song's second this year to a Billboard survey. The "Glee" cast sent its cover to No. 33 on Pop Digital Songs in February.
With a No. 1 coronation on Country Songs for Eric Church's "Springsteen," the song is the chart's first topper to mention another musical act - Bruce Springsteen, of course - in its title since Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama," featuring Alabama, last year. Before that, no No. 1 had name-checked an artist in its title since Joe Diffie's "Bigger Than the Beatles" in 1996.
Others had come close in recent years - all male country singers. Taylor Swift's debut single "Tim McGraw" reached No. 6 in 2007, as did Jason Aldean's "Johnny Cash." In 2008, McGraw's "Kristofferson" peaked at No. 16.
The Boss is first male musician included in a Country Songs No. 1 title since Waylon Jennings took "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," an ode to Hank Williams, to the top the week of Nov. 15, 1975. At the time, Springsteen was breaking through with his classic album and single "Born to Run."
The name Springsteen had already appeared atop a Billboard chart this year - in the artist field. Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" became his 10th Billboard 200 No. 1 album in March.