Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood
Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood

Rihanna catches up to a Beatle, Clarkson tops another chart and Underwood does what no other artist had before in the Country Songs chart's 68-year history.

EXTRA STRENGTH: Kelly Clarkson collects her second Adult Contemporary No. 1, as "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" lifts 2-1. She first spent 21 weeks at the summit in 2005 with "Breakaway."

Clarkson, the maiden "American Idol" champion in 2002, and Kimberley Locke, the series' third-place finalist in 2003, are the show's only graduates with multiple AC No. 1s. Locke scored three holiday No. 1s in 2005-07: "Up on the Housetop," "Jingle Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman." David Cook ("The Time of My Life," 2008-09) and Chris Daughtry, with his band Daughtry ("Home," 2007), each have one.

"Stronger" previously logged eight weeks atop Adult Pop Songs, four at No. 1 on Pop Songs, three on top of the Hot 100, two atop Radio Songs and Digital Songs and one in charge of Dance/Club Play Songs.

Clarkson's new single, "Dark Side," meanwhile, debuts on Adult Pop Songs at No. 36. She performed the song on May 20 at the Billboard Music Awards.


ALL THE 'GIRL'S WHO'VE LED BEFORE:
A fellow "Idol" champion makes chart-topping headlines, as the series' 2005 victor, Carrie Underwood, collects her 12th No. 1 on Country Songs, where "Good Girl" charges 4-1.

What other "girls" have led the list? Not artists, songs.

Here is a look at all the No. 1s featuring the word "girl" in their titles dating to the Country Songs chart's 1944 origin. As she previously led for two weeks in 2008 with "All-American Girl," Underwood is the first artist to take two titles that include the word "girl" to the top of Country Songs:

"Country Girl," Faron Young, 1959

"Girl on the Billboard," Del Reeves, 1965

"The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.," Donna Fargo, 1972
"The Most Beautiful Girl," Charlie Rich, 1973
"Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time," Mickey Gilley, 1976

"Redneck Girl," the Bellamy Brothers, 1982
"To All the Girls I've Loved Before," Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, 1984
"Country Girls," John Schneider, 1985
"Girls Night Out," the Judds, 1985
"Small Town Girl," Steve Wariner, 1987

"Some Girls Do," Sawyer Brown, 1992
"Don't Take the Girl," Tim McGraw, 1994
"XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)," Trisha Yearwood, 1994
"My Kind of Girl," Collin Raye, 1995

"The Little Girl," John Michael Montgomery, 2000
"Whiskey Girl," Toby Keith, 2004
"Girls Lie Too," Terri Clark, 2004
"Mississippi Girl," Faith Hill, 2005
"Brand New Girlfriend," Steve Holy, 2006
"All-American Girl," Carrie Underwood, 2008

"Gimmie That Girl," Joe Nichols, 2010
"Crazy Girl," Eli Young Band, 2011
"Good Girl," Carrie Underwood, 2012

(Kind of hard not to be partial to the second title on the list.)


'DEEP' THOUGHTS:
Lionel Richie logs a notable debut at the opposite end of Country Songs.

"Tuskegee," Richie's duets album of covers of his classics, has spent its first 10 weeks in the top 10 of the Country Albums chart. This week, the set yields its first entry on Country Songs, as "Deep River Woman," with Little Big Town, bows at No. 60.

The entrance marks Richie's first on Country Songs in 25 years. And, he returns with the same song.

Richie sent the original version of "Woman," featuring vocals from Alabama, to No. 10 in 1987.