'X Factor' Renewed for Third Season
'X Factor' Renewed for Third Season

A look at the career U.S. album sales, set by set, of the 'X Factor''s two new judges, including when Spears' 'Blackout' passed 1 million sold

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Hi Gary,

First, thank you for choosing and posting my e-mail regarding "goofy, semi-useless-but-fun-chart trivia" (I've come to love this expression of yours, mind you!) in "Ask Billboard" two weeks ago about coincidental titles ranking back-to-back on Billboard charts.

I've spotted more "random acts of two-of-a-kindness" in my retro-trip to the Hot 100 archives. Here are a few more quirky ones:

1. On the Hot 100 dated Jan. 5, 1980, KC & the Sunshine Band appealed to "Please Don't Go" in its first week at No. 1. Rupert Holmes, at No. 2, ignored them, apparently itching to leave after his visit to the penthouse, and so resorted to just "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)."

2. Five weeks later, on the Feb. 9 survey, the NEXT