A theological debate infuses the charts department this week. Meanwhile, Phillip Phillips, Pink and Plumb net more traditional chart honors
P!NK ASCENDS AGAIN: Just 10 weeks after she topped Adult Contemporary with "Try," her first No. 1 at the format, P!nk logs her second leader, as "Just Give Me a Reason," featuring Nate Ruess, jumps 4-1. The return to the summit is the fastest for an artist since the chart adopted Nielsen BDS data the week of July 17, 1993, and the quickest since Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine also reigned 10 weeks apart with "Can't Stay Away From You" and "Anything for You" in 1988.
The only act to collect a pair of leaders in a shorter span? Elvis Presley, who sent "Crying in the Chapel" to No. 1 the week of May 22, 1965, and led again nine weeks later (July 24, 1965) with "(Such an) Easy Question."
The 10-week ascent to the top for "Reason" is the quickest (excluding holiday titles) since Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" also hit No. 1 in its 10th frame the week of April 3, 2010. (No non-seasonal track has logged a faster flight to No. 1 since Phil Collins' "Can't Stop Loving You," which needed just nine weeks in 2002.)
Additionally, with "Reason" atop Adult Pop Songs for a ninth week, P!nk is the first artist to top both charts with the same title simultaneously since Adele doubled up with "Someone Like You" (Dec. 3, 2011), a feat that speaks to the continued domination of "Reason" at adult pop radio and its swift acceptance at AC.
'IDOL' THOUGHTS: As "Gone, Gone, Gone" climbs 43-36, singer/songwriter Phillip Phillips becomes the first "American Idol" champion to score a pair of top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from a debut album since David Cook five years ago. Cook, the 2008 "Idol" victor, debuted and peaked at No. 3 with his coronation song "The Time of My Life" and followed with the No. 17-peaking "Light On" later that year.
Phillips' prior breakout single "Home" peaked at No. 6 in January.
… AND, 'VOICE' THOUGHTS: As Phillip Phillips makes the "American Idol" franchise proud, four remakes unveiled on the June 18 season finale of NBC's "The Voice" enter the Hot 100.
New champion Danielle Bradbery logs her highest rank as "Born to Fly" starts at No. 75. Sara Evans' original ascended to No. 34 (and No. 1 on Hot Country Songs) in 2000.
Runner-up Michelle Chamuel brings back two 1992 top 10s. Her takes on Annie Lennox's "Why," also a No. 34 hit originally, and U2's No. 10-peaking "One" (with her "Voice" coach, Usher) debut at Nos. 92 and 98, respectively.
And, third-place finalists the Swon Brothers dent the Hot 100 at No. 99 with "I Can't Tell You Why." The original Eagles' recording, featuring Timothy B. Schmit on lead vocals, rose to No. 8 in 1980, marking the band's 10th (and last to date) top 10.
In between the Eagles' and Swon Brothers' versions, R&B girl group Brownstone took its smooth interpretation of "Tell" to No. 54 in 1995. Earlier that year, the act had arrived with the No. 8-peaking "If You Love Me."
'LA LA' LANDS: Aided by a premiere on the syndicated "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest" and hourly plays on Clear Channel radio stations (June 17), Britney Spears' "Smurfs 2" soundtrack single "Ooh La La" enters the Hot 100 at No. 85. The cut starts at No. 68 on both Radio Songs (17 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS) and Digital Songs (31,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
"Ooh" marks Spears' 30th Hot 100 hit, extending a discography that began the week of Nov. 21, 1998, when "…Baby One More Time," her first of five No. 1s, debuted at No. 17.
And, while 30 is an impressive sum …
'RIGHT' ON: … Rihanna registers her 43rd Hot 100 hit, as "Right Now," featuring David Guetta, debuts at No. 90. The bow is powered by the track's 31-26 lift on the Pop Songs airplay chart.
With the debut, Rihanna moves up on the list of women with the most Hot 100 appearances, with only eight standing in her way. Aretha Franklin leads with 73, followed by Taylor Swift (58), Madonna, Dionne Warwick (56 each), Connie Francis (53), Brenda Lee (48), Nicki Minaj (46) and Rihanna's Island Def Jam labelmate Mariah Carey (45).