Chart Beat Wednesday: Linkin Park, Eagles, Shakira
'NEW' NO. 1: Same as the old one, and that lifts Linkin Park into elite territory in the history of the Alternative Songs chart.
"New Divide" leads the airplay list for a 10th week, making Linkin Park just the second act in the chart's 21-year archives to enjoy reigns of at least 10 weeks with three or more tracks. The band stayed on top for 12 weeks in 2003-04 with "Numb" and held sway for 15 frames with "What I've Done" in 2007.
Only Red Hot Chili Peppers have enjoyed more double-digit runs at No. 1, with four: "Scar Tissue" (16 weeks, 1999), "Otherside" (13 weeks, 2000), "By the Way" (14 weeks, 2002) and "Dani California" (14 weeks, 2006).
Of the 268 songs to lead Alternative Songs since the chart's Sept. 10, 1988, launch, "New Divide" is the 20th to command for at least 10 weeks. Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" logged the longest penthouse occupancy, leading for 18 weeks from Sept. 1 through Dec. 29, 2007.
'HEAR' HERE: The Eagles have been charting on Adult Contemporary since June 17, 1972, when "Peaceful Easy Feeling" debuted at No. 40, but this week the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers achieve a first in their storied chart career. The band makes it five chart hits from one album, as "I Don't Want to Hear Anymore" bows at No. 27.
The song is the fifth from "Long Road Out of Eden" to scale the survey. "No More Cloudy Days," first available as a live version on the DVD "Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne," reached No. 3 in 2005 before a studio version was included in "Long Road Out of Eden." The latter release topped the Billboard 200 upon its debut in November 2007.
"How Long" accompanied the arrival of "Long Road Out of Eden" and peaked at No. 7 on Adult Contemporary in January 2008. "Busy Being Fabulous" (No. 12 peak, July 2008) and "What Do I Do With My Heart" (No. 13, December 2008) followed.
The new song is the Eagles' 23rd Adult Contemporary hit. Two of those have reached the summit: "Best of My Love" (one week in 1975) and "Love Will Keep Us Alive" (three weeks in 1995).
"I Don't Want to Hear Anymore" shares a writers' credit with "Love Will Keep Us Alive." The former song was written and the latter co-written by Paul Carrack (Ace, Squeeze), who has recorded his own versions of each ballad. Carrack recently released a new album, "I Know That Name," and his take on "I Don't Want to Hear Anymore," featuring Eagles Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit, was the first single.
LATIN'S LEADING LADIES: After Gloria Estefan led the Latin Songs chart dated Sept. 22, 2007, with "No Llores," no women reigned over the list until Fanny Lu took "To No Eres Para Mi" to No. 1 on the April 25, 2009, tally. Since that date, two more women have held the top spot.
Paulina Rubio ruled for five weeks beginning June 27 with "Causa Y Efecto," and this week Shakira sprints to the pinnacle with "Loba." The song, the Spanish-language version of "She Wolf," is Shakira's eighth No. 1. She first led with "Ciega, Sordomuda" in November 1998. Her 2005 hit "La Tortura," featuring Alejandro Sanz, holds the Latin Songs record for most weeks at No. 1 (25).
Only six artists have more No. 1s than Shakira in the Latin Songs chart's 23-year history:
19, Enrique Iglesias
16, Luis Miguel
14, Gloria Estefan
10, Ricky Martin
9, Marco Antonio Solis
COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, where it's all about the double record-shattering success of Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz.
We'll also spotlight the iconic male artists bowing in the Billboard 200's top two spots, as George Strait and Neil Diamond each up their totals of top 10 albums to 16.