Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Becomes Year's Second-Biggest Album
Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Becomes Year's Second-Biggest Album

Fun. reigns on its first try, Richie returns and Adele's better than the 'Macarena'

ROCK POPS: Alternative music is well represented in the upper reaches of this week's Hot 100.

While "We Are Young" ascends to No. 1, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, soars 16-9. The tracks rank at Nos. 2 and 1, respectively, on the Alternative Songs radio airplay chart.

Prior to this week, two top two-peaking Alternative Songs hits hadn't charted concurrently in the Hot 100's top 10 since the week of Oct. 8, 2005. That frame, Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" rose 8-7 on the Hot 100 and Weezer's "Beverly Hills" rebounded 11-10. (The songs reached Nos. 2 and 1, respectively, on Alternative Songs).

More rock was embedded in the Hot 100's upper ranks that week. Nickelback's No. 3 Alternative Songs smash "Photograph" bounded 25-4, while Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, We're Goin' Down," also a No. 3 Alternative Songs hit, rose 13-12.

'ROLLING' ALONG: With a 61st week on the Hot 100, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (23-32) passes Los Del Rio's "Macarena" as the longest-charting No. 1 in the Hot 100's 53-year history. (The songs became Billboard's top titles of 2011 and 1996, respectively).

Here's a recap of the longest-lasting leaders in the chart's archives:

Weeks on Hot 100, Title, Artist, Year(s), Weeks at No. 1
61, "Rolling in the Deep," Adele, 2011-12, seven
60, "Macarena," Los Del Rio, 1995-96, 14
58, "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas, 1999-2000, 12
56, "I Gotta Feeling," the Black Eyed Peas, 2009-10, 14
55, "Amazed," Lonestar, 1999-2000, two
53, "Too Close," Next, 1998-99, five
52, "Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden, 1997-98, two

Jason Mraz's "happy little hippie song" "I'm Yours" holds the Hot 100's longevity record among all titles. The track, which peaked at No. 6, spent 76 weeks on the chart in 2008-09.

TRIO OF DUOS: "Endless Love" is what adult radio has for Lionel Richie's classic song.

The aptly titled evergreen ballad charts on Adult Contemporary in a third superstar duet version, as Richie and Shania Twain's country-tinged remake bows at No. 24.

Richie and Diana Ross spent three weeks at No. 1 with the song in 1981 and Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey rose to No. 11 with their faithful interpretation in 1994.

The new version of "Love" previews Richie's country duets album of his hits, "Tuskegee," due March 26. Richie is promoting the set by releasing four tracks digitally in weekly installments leading up to its release. "Easy," with Willie Nelson, arrived Feb. 28, followed by "Just for You," with Billy Currington, this week. Next week brings an update of "Stuck on You," with Darius Rucker, while "Hello," with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, will be available March 20.

THAT'S BOSS: Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," will storm next week's Billboard 200, possibly with sales of 200,000 (although Adele's "21" may block the set from the summit). In the meantime, Eric Church praises the Boss with his tribute, "Springsteen," which enters the Hot 100 at No. 79. (It rocks 26-23 on Country Songs).

As faithful Chart Beat reader Pablo Nelson of Berkeley, Calif., notes, the Boss has now been lauded by both his first and last name in Hot 100 hits.

Rick Springfield sent "Bruce" to No. 27 on the Hot 1984. The song pokes fun at how Springfield's fans used to confuse him with Springsteen when the two similarly-named rockers ruled radio in the early '80s.

(Perhaps a Bryan and Ryan Adams duet will be next?)

Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield and Alex Vitoulis.