Chart Beat Wednesday: Kiss, Beyonce, David Gray
KISS AND SAY HELLO: Kiss ends a 10-year absence from Billboard's rock airplay charts, as "Modern Day Delilah" debuts at No. 26 on the Heritage Rock survey (viewable every other week in the print issue of Billboard magazine).
Not a bad birthday present for the legendary group's Gene Simmons, who turned 60 last week (Aug. 25). (Paul Stanley celebrates the same milestone Jan. 20).
Kiss' Billboard chart history dates to April 20, 1974, when its self-titled set first appeared on the Billboard 200. The act will log its 33rd charting title following the Oct. 6 release of the Walmart exclusive "Sonic Boom," the band's first offering of new material this decade.
Kiss' last album, 1998's "Psycho Circus," became its highest-charting on the Billboard 200 (No. 3) and produced its first airplay chart No. 1. The title cut led Heritage Rock for four weeks and Mainstream Rock for one frame.
In a press release, Simmons sticks to the group's trademark understated and unassuming nature. "'Sonic Boom' may be the best new record we've done since (1976's) 'Destroyer'! It is 'Rock and Roll Over' meets 'Love Gun.' The world's biggest retailer had better get ready for the hottest band in the world and hire more cashiers before October 6th!"
SHE'S 'FIERCE,' YET 'SWEET': Beyonce's "I Am...Sasha Fierce" opus yields a fourth No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, as "Sweet Dreams" lifts 2-1.
The track follows leaders "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (January), "Diva" (March) and "Halo" (May). "Sweet Dreams" is the album's fifth charted song; "If I Were a Boy" stopped at No. 2 in January.
"Sweet Dreams" is Beyonce's 11th No. 1. She first ruled with "Crazy in Love" this week in 2003. With her current hit's ascension, Beyonce ties Kristine W for second-most toppers this decade. Madonna leads in that span with 17 No. 1s. (Beyonce also made three trips to the summit with Destiny's Child from 2000 to 2005).
Since Dance/Club Play Songs originated in Billboard in 1974, Beyonce is one of eight solo women to boast a double-digit No. 1 total:
39, Madonna (the leader among all artists)
18, Janet Jackson
14, Mariah Carey
14, Kristine W
13, Donna Summer
12, Whitney Houston
10, Deborah Cox
A notable title also debuts on Dance/Club Play Songs. Actress/singer Naturi Naughton (formerly of the R&B act 3LW) bows at No. 48 with "Fame 2009." The song is a cover of Irene Cara's 1980 classic, a No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit, and brings the song back to a Billboard chart for the first time since the original version's run. Cara's single also topped Dance/Club Play Songs on the chart dated May 24, 1980.
It's only the beginning of the song's renewed life. Naughton acts (and sings and dances, of course) in the remake of "Fame," due in movie theaters Sept. 25. Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally and Bebe Neuwirth also star.
'FUGITIVE' APPREHENDS NO. 1: David Gray's fourth No. 1 on Triple A (viewable on billboard.biz), "Fugitive," completes his first set of back-to-back leaders. "You're the World to Me" ruled for eight weeks in 2007-08. Gray previously topped the chart with "Babylon" for two weeks in 2000 and "The One I Love" for six weeks in 2005.
Among solo artists, only Sheryl Crow (seven), Jack Johnson (six) and John Mayer (five) can boast more No. 1s in the chart's 13-year history.
Click here for more on Gray's forthcoming new album, "Draw the Line."
COMPLETE BEAT: How will the new "Fame" soundtrack, released Aug. 25 and featuring five contributions from Naughton, compare to the No. 7-peaking original on this week's Billboard 200? Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts.
We'll also see if the Black Eyed Peas can attain further Billboard Hot 100 acclaim. Having ruled for 12 frames with "Boom Boom Pow," a 10th week on top for "I Gotta Feeling" would make the quartet just the fourth act in Hot 100 history to have reigned for at least 10 weeks with more than one title.