DOUBLE DAUGHTRY: Daughtry makes it two-for-two atop the Billboard 200, as its sophomore set, "Leave This Town" arrives at No. 1. Having reigned with its self-titled debut album, Daughtry becomes just the third group in the 2000s to arrive with a pair of No. 1s.
An apparent requirement is beginning with the letter "D," as Daughtry joins hip-hop collective D12, featuring Eminem, and "Making the Band" R&B girl group Danity Kane in attaining such double dominance this decade.
Here is a look at trio of groups to open with two No. 1 albums on the Billboard since 2000:
"Devil's Night," 2001
"D12 World," 2004
"Danity Kane," 2006
"Welcome to the Dollhouse," 2008
"Leave This Town," 2009
Lead singer Chris Daughtry isn't the only former "American Idol" contestant to enter the Billboard 200 this week. 2008 fifth-place finisher Brooke White debuts with her first charted album, "High Hopes & Heartbreak," at No. 50. In addition to her No. 47 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year, "Hold Up My Heart," the album includes a surprising cover. White offers a piano-based adult contemporary-styled take on Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody."
THERE'S A 'SHE WOLF' ON THE HOT 100: Shakira has, and halves, her best start on the Billboard Hot 100, as "She Wolf" debuts at No. 34. The Colombian superstar had previously launched as high as No. 68 with "Objection (Tango)" in 2002.
The new song's Hot 100 opening is spurred by a No. 28 bow on Digital Songs. "She Wolf" is also on the prowl on Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40, where it debuts at No. 40.
On Latin Songs, where it's billed as "Loba," the cut lunges 17-6, granting Shakira her 14th top 10, tying her with Selena for fifth-most top 10s among female acts. Only Gloria Estefan (22), Ana Gabriel (20), Rocio Durcal and Ednita Nazario (15 each) have more top 10s on the survey, which originated in 1986.
"She Wolf" instantly becomes Shakira's sixth top 40 hit on the Hot 100. Here is a look at each of her titles to ascend to the top 40 on the chart:
No. 6, "Whenever, Wherever," 2001
No. 9, "Underneath Your Clothes," 2002
No. 23, "La Tortura," featuring Alejandro Sanz, 2005
No. 1 (two weeks), "Hips Don't Lie," featuring Wyclef Jean, 2006
No. 3, "Beautiful Liar," duet with Beyonce, 2007
No. 34, "She Wolf," 2009
SWEET SIXTEEN: The Black Eyed Peas become the second group in Billboard Hot 100 history to spend 16 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The quartet has reached the mark with back-to-back leaders. "Boom Boom Pow" led for 12 weeks, and "I Gotta Feeling" this week spends a fourth frame at the summit.
Only one group has previously made itself as comfortable in the penthouse, and it did so twice. Boyz II Men led with "I'll Make Love to You" for 14 weeks in 1994 with "I'll Make Love to You" and remained on top for two additional weeks with follow-up "On Bended Knee." (The latter ballad tacked on four more weeks at No. 1 after making way for a two-week run for Ini Kamoze's "Here Comes the Hotstepper").
Boyz II Men reigned for 16 weeks again the following year. "One Sweet Day," their duet with Mariah Carey, commanded the chart for 16 straight weeks from December 1995 to March 1996. Carey is one of two solo acts to rule for at least 16 consecutive weeks. Usher set the mark among all artists with a 19-week stay at No. 1 in 2004, when "Yeah!" led for 12 weeks and "Burn" followed with a seven-week run at No. 1.
"I Gotta Feeling" claims Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors on the Hot 100 this week, a possible harbinger of a record-setting (among groups) 17th consecutive week at No. 1 next week.
ROUTE TO 66: Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" takes over sole possession of second-most weeks (66) logged on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, which rebounds 32-29, passes the 65 weeks accumulated by Jewel's "You Were Meant for Me/Foolish Games."
LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" is the longevity champ, with 69 weeks on the chart in 1997-98.
As it re-enters Digital Songs at No. 45, "I'm Yours" earns the honor of oldest song ever to receive a bullet on the Hot 100.
MORE MICHAEL: After three weeks atop Top Comprehensive Albums, Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" descends to No. 2, as Daughtry's "Leave This Town" takes over at No. 1. Still, "Number Ones" controls Top Pop Catalog for a fourth frame (both charts are available at billboard.biz).
Since the King of Pop's death June 25 first impacted the charts dated July 11, titles by Jackson and the Jackson 5 have maintained a lock on at least the top nine positions on Top Pop Catalog chart. This week, the Jackson name appears on the top 12 titles, with "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix" making the most notable move, charging 28-11.
On the Billboard 200, Jackson's "Gold" re-enters at a new peak of No. 139. The 2008 set had spent one week at No. 191 on the July 11 chart.
PET SOUNDS: Pet Shop Boys set a new mark for most No. 1s among duos or groups in the history of Dance/Club Play Songs, as "Love Etc." hits the top slot (2-1).
The track is the twosome's ninth No. 1 and first since "Break 4 Love" reached the apex on the chart dated Nov. 10, 2001. Until this week, the pair had been locked in a tie with Depeche Mode for most No. 1s among duos or groups.
"Love Etc." is the first single from Pet Shop Boys' tenth studio album, "Yes." The latter title debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 upon its release earlier this year, granting the act its highest-charting set since 1993's "Very," which debuted and peaked at No. 20.
Here is a rundown of Pet Shop Boys' nine Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s:
"West End Girls," May 3, 1986
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?," Jan. 23, 1988
"Can You Forgive Her?," Aug. 14, 1993
"Go West," Dec. 18, 1993
"Before," July 13, 1996
"To Step Aside," May 3, 1997
"New York City Boy," Dec. 4, 1999
"Break 4 Love," Nov. 10, 2001
"Love Etc.," Aug. 1, 2009
HARRY POTTER AND THE HIGHEST-CHARTING SOUNDTRACK: As the Boy Who Lived has improved his wizarding skills over the years, so has he become more adept at conquering the Billboard 200.
The soundtrack to "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" becomes the franchise's highest-peaking edition.
Here are the Billboard 200 peak positions of each "Harry Potter" soundtrack. Peak ranks on Soundtrack Albums are listed in parentheses:
No. 48, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," 2001 (No. 2)
No. 81, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," 2002 (No. 5)
No. 68, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," 2004 (No. 3)
No. 80, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," 2005 (No. 4)
No. 43, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," 2007 (No. 5)
No. 29, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," 2009 (No. 3)
Just like in Harry Potter lore, a nemesis isn't content to cede the spotlight when it comes to music, as well. Tom Felton, the actor who portrays antagonist Draco Malfoy, recently released an album, "In Good Hands." Unlike his movie character most often, Felton shows a sensitive side on the set, comprised of acoustic pop/folk songs.
HE'S NUMBER (EIGHTY-)ONE: In what could sound like a 'Who's on First?' routine for a radio DJ announcing the song in a countdown feature, R. Kelly bows on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 81 with "Number One."
"Number One" is hit number 79 on the chart for Kelly, pushing him past Ray Charles for sole possession of fifth-most appearances on the list, which launched in Billboard in 1942.
Here are the acts with the most entries in the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart's history:
112, James Brown
98, Aretha Franklin
84, The Temptations
79, R. Kelly
78, Ray Charles
(The above totals would've been higher for Brown, Franklin, the Temptations and Charles had Billboard not interrupted the run of the chart from November 30, 1963 through January 23, 1965, during which time R&B and Motown hits were so prevalent on the Hot 100 that Billboard deemed a separate R&B chart redundant).
"Number One" previews R. Kelly's 12th studio album, due this fall.
CHART BEAT BITS: Taylor Swift reaches a new career-best peak on the Billboard Hot 100, as "You Belong With Me" jumps 6-3. Swift had previously climbed as high as No. 4 with "Love Story" in January. Another teen star, Demi Lovato, notches her first top 40 hit on the Hot 100 on her own, as "Here We Go Again" soars 66-24. With Joe Jonas, Lovato peaked at No. 9 last year with "This Is Me" from Disney's "Camp Rock" ...
Wisin & Yandel's "Abusadora" ascends 5-1 on Latin Songs and 3-1 on Tropical Songs. The act is now tied with Maná for most No. 1s on Latin Songs for a duo or group, with five. On Tropical Songs, the pair also ties for most leaders among duos or groups, as its sixth No. 1 matches the total of Juan Luis Guerra Y 440 ...
Chico DeBarge makes his first visit to the Billboard 200 in nearly 10 years, as "Addiction" debuts at No. 93. DeBarge's Billboard 200 resume includes three prior entries: "Chico DeBarge" (No. 90, 1986), "Long Time No See" (No. 86, 1997) and "The Game" (No. 41, 1999) ...
The "9 to 5" cast recording, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, debuts at No. 4 on Top Cast Albums (viewable at billboard.biz). The title track, as performed by Parton, topped the Billboard Hot 100, Country Songs and Adult Contemporary in 1981 ...
Crosby Loggins, the 28-year-old son of Kenny Loggins, bows on Heatseekers Albums at No. 24 with his first album, "Time to Move." In other celebrity offspring chart news, Kat Danson darts 39-34 on Dance/Club Play Songs with "Sugarfree." Cheers to you if you knew that Kat is the daughter of actor Ted Danson.