Madonna's U.K. Chart 'Celebration'
Madonna performs on stage on the opening night of her 2009 Sticky & Sweet world tour at O2 Arena on July 4, 2009 in London, England. Redferns

GOSPEL GREATS

Hi Gary,

I'm sure most people don't inquire about gospel artists, but I'm a huge fan of the genre. Could you please compare the sales figures of Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans (her solo projects), Shirley Caesar, and Mary Mary? I realize these numbers will reflect sales dating to the beginning of SoundScan data in 1991, but I think it's quite intriguing.

Many thanks,

Joseph Brown
Washington, D.C.

Hi Joseph,

It's a week of chart highlights for gospel artists. Yesterday's Chart Beat touted the first No. 1 on Gospel Songs, "Close to You," for BeBe & CeCe Winans.

Here are the sales sums for the artists you mention, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

4,533,000, Yolanda Adams
2,721,000, Mary Mary
2,290,000, Shirley Caesar
1,882,000, CeCe Winans

Additionally, here are each act's top-selling sets:

Yolanda Adams: "Mountain High...Valley Low" (1,374,000)
Mary Mary: "Thankful" (1,239,000)
CeCe Winans: "Throne Room" (384,000)
Shirley Caesar: "Her Very Best" (215,000)

NOT YET 'THE E.N.D.'

With "I Gotta Feeling" having recently reached double-digit weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, the Black Eyed Peas have reached rarified chart air.

Until two weeks ago, only Santana had scored two No. 1s of 10 weeks or more from one album, when "Supernatural" produced "Smooth" (12 weeks) and "Maria Maria" (10 weeks) in 1999-2000. Two weeks ago, BEP's "The E.N.D." became the second such album to score that distinction.

With 12 weeks at No. 1 for "Boom Boom Pow" and 12 (to date) directly following for "I Gotta Feeling," "The E.N.D." is now, thus, the first release to yield a pair of 12-week No. 1s.

Boyz II Men have had three hits each spend at least 13 weeks at No. 1, but "End of the Road" (13 weeks), "I'll Make Love to You" (14 weeks) and "One Sweet Day, with Mariah Carey (16 weeks, the Hot 100's all-time longest-reigning leader), were from three different albums.

"I Gotta Feeling" is also challenging for longest-running Hot 100 No. 1 not to be a lead single from an album. At 16 weeks on top, "One Sweet Day" was actually the second single from Carey's "Daydream," following "Fantasy."

Cheers,

Mike Warner
Alexandria, Virginia

Hi Mike,

Thanks very much for your insightful research.

Per your Mariah Carey item, for such a superstar, it's notable that her two longest-leading No. 1s were second, not first, singles from albums. In addition to "One Sweet Day," "We Belong Together" (14 weeks at No. 1) followed a No. 16 peak for "It's Like That," the lead track from "The Emancipation of Mimi," in 2005.

We'll see if the second single from Carey's forthcoming "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" outperforms the first. It's too early to tell now, however, as both songs are still on the rise. "I Want to Know What Love Is" could debut on next week's Hot 100, having arrived at digital retailers this week, but lead track "Obsessed" is still bulleted on the Hot 100; it dips 7-8, but gains in total chart points.

One more Hot 100 record we've been tracking is broken this week. Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" logs a 62nd week in the top 40, passing the 61-week top 40 run of LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live," which held the mark since Sept. 5, 1998. "I'm Yours" also extends its record overall Hot 100 stay to 74 weeks, ranking at No. 38 this week.

NEVER TWO MUCH

Hi Gary,

Five weeks ago, Sugarland debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "LIVE on the Inside." The album contains a cover of Kings of Leon's "Sex On Fire." That same week, the Kings' album that houses the original version of that hit, "Only By the Night," was also in the top 10.

When has this happened in the past? When has a song appeared on two albums, by two artists, in the top 10 simultaneously? (I would not include compilations, like "That's What I Call Music," or two albums by the same artist).

Thanks,

George Nazar
Los Angeles, California

Hi George,

After researching as much as I could this week, I have yet to come up with a prior example. Finding the answer involves perusing the top 10 of the Billboard 200 week-by-week, and eyeballing albums that might have included shared tracks by different artists. Unfortunately, that's a bit more time-consuming than time has allowed for this week.

Studious Chart Beat readers with archives of the Billboard 200 at your disposal: you're welcome to start off the new school year with an "A" if you can find the answer to this great trivia question.

Oddly enough, when Sugarland and Kings of Leon (pictured, above left) both had recordings of "Sex On Fire" on concurrent top 10-charting albums, another title doubled up in the top 10. On that Aug. 22, chart, the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D.," containing the original "Boom Boom Pow," ranked at No. 4. Kidz Bop Kids bowed at No. 8 that week with "Kidz Bop 16," which included their take on the track. (And, the Peas' version was also at No. 2 on the "NOW 31" collection). Kidz Bop Kids would likely fall along the lines of a compilation, however, since their albums feature covers of hit songs. Plus, it was the same week as Sugarland/Kings of Leon's feat, so we're not any closer to finding the last previous such occurrence.

Numerous songs, of course, have achieved popularity by different artists simultaneously. LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood both enjoyed success with "How Do I Live" in 1997, and Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice charted at the same time with "Inside Your Heaven" in 2005.

Earlier this year, it was possible to scan the radio dial and hear three different versions of "Heartless." Pop/R&B stations were spinning Kanye West's original, adult top 40 stations took to Kris Allen's stripped-down rendition that helped him win "American Idol" and alternative outlets played the Fray's similarly organic interpretation.

TRIBUTE

Dear Gary,

I know this is not exactly a chart question, but I thought it worthy that Billboard mention Patrick Swayze's death this week. In 1988, he gave us the memorable top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit "She's Like the Wind."

Thanks,

German Campo
Popayan, Colombia

Hi German,

I received a similar e-mail from Jesper Subang Jaya of Selangor, Malaysia. Swayze certainly warrants a mention in Chart Beat this week, considering his impact on the charts.

His ballad "She's Like the Wind," featuring Wendy Fraser, rose to No. 3 on Feb. 27, 1988. This week in 1987, the song's parent album, the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack, soared 77-19 in its second week on the Billboard 200. As the movie became one of the decade's classics, and Swayze ascended to stardom, the album would go on to spend 18 weeks at No. 1.

In 1990, Swayze's popularity would help make "Ghost" a box office smash, affording the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody," a centerpiece of the film's most famous scene, to return to the Hot 100. The 1965 original version, then-available only on vinyl, re-entered and rose to No. 13 in October 1990. A new recording of the song by the duo, available on cassette, reached No. 19 a month later.

Swayze continued to influence the charts more recently. In 2007, Lumidee remade "She's Like the Wind," which reached No. 43 on the Hot 100.

This March, New Kids on the Block climbed to No. 31 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 with an ode to their early era, "Dirty Dancing." A line from the track: "Ooh, she's like Baby, I'm like Swayze ..."

Bringing "Dirty Dancing" full circle, Righteous Brother Bill Medley, who sang the movie's Hot 100-topping theme, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," with Jennifer Warnes, recently released a new single, a duet with Ronnie McDowell. The title? "Lost in Dirty Dancing."