'HANG' TIME: Few artists display the versatility and cross-format appeal of Plumb, who rises this week to her first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club/Play Songs chart, as "Hang On" lifts 2-1.
The singer/songwriter, aka Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, reached No. 3 on the survey with her sole previous entry, "In My Arms," in 2007. The song led Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz) and crossed over to a No. 10 peak on Adult Contemporary.
"In My Arms" originally appeared on Plumb's 2007 album "Blink," a collection of lullabies written after the birth of her first two children. That song and her first Hot Dance Airplay hit, the No. 5-peaking "Cut" in 2006, were first released as ballads before being remixed to the delight of clubgoers.
While enjoying success at dance and adult formats, Plumb continues to receive support at her home Christian genre. As "Hang On" has scored acceptance in dance circles, "God Shaped Hole (2010)" climbed to No. 32 on Christian Songs last month. Both songs appear on her newly-released album, "Beautiful History - A Hits Collection."
Plumb told Billboard that her chart-topping success is rewarding on both a personal and professional level.
"'Hang On' was written about finding hope when you feel hopeless.
"For it to be No. 1 is not just a fantastic feeling, it's incredibly satisfying knowing I gave my fans what they wanted."
The trio's "Need You Now" leads the list for a fourth week, becoming just the second title to reign for such a length this year. Jason Aldean's "Big Green Tractor" spent four weeks at No. 1 in September.
4 weeks, Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now," 2009
4 weeks, Rascal Flatts, "What Hurts the Most," 2006
5 weeks, Rascal Flatts, "Bless the Broken Road," 2005
6 weeks, Lonestar, "I'm Already There," 2001
4 weeks, Lonestar, "What About Now," 2000
"Never Gonna Be Alone" advances 11-10 to become Nickelback's 10th top 10 on the tally, dating to its first, the No. 2 "How You Remind Me," in 2001-02.
Trailing Goo Goo Dolls and Nickelback is John Mayer with nine top 10s since 2000.
"Never Gonna Be Alone" is the third top 10 from the band's "Dark Horse" album, following the No. 1 "Gotta Be Somebody" and No. 2 "If Today Was Your Last Day." Nickelback plated five top 10s from its prior set "All the Right Reasons" and one top 10 each from "The Long Road" and "Silver Side Up."
COMPLETE BEAT: Check Chart Beat tomorrow for a complete rundown of feats from all of Billboard's weekly surveys, including the Billboard Hot 100, where the "Glee" cast continues to revive '80s favorites.
This week, "Last Christmas," originally released by Wham! 25 years ago, draws its first ink on the Hot 100 (to be released tomorrow on billboard.com), as performed by the "Glee" ensemble. Most recently, Taylor Swift had carried a cover of the carol to No. 28 on Country Songs two years ago.