BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Miley Cyrus' TV alter ego Hannah Montana claims her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, as "He Could Be the One," co-written by "American Idol" judge (and newlywed) Kara DioGuardi, debuts at No. 10. It makes an accompanying entrance on Hot Digital Songs at No. 2. The song's parent album, the TV soundtrack "Hannah Montana 3," likewise bows at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The first edition of the soundtrack franchise reached No. 1 in November 2006. The second set, paired with Cyrus' "Meet Miley Cyrus" half of the collection, opened at the summit in July 2007.
The previous highest Hot 100 ranking credited to Hannah Montana was a No. 25 peak for "Life's What You Make It" on the chart dated July 14, 2007. As Miley Cyrus, the young star has notched three Hot 100 top 10s:
"See You Again," No. 10, May 3, 2008
"7 Things," No. 9, July 26, 2008
"The Climb," No. 4, May 2, 2009
"The Climb," which tops Adult Contemporary for a second week, resides on the Hot 100 at No. 17, granting its performer(s?) a double dose of top 20 hits under two different billings.
With two other debuts on this week's Hot 100 - "I Wanna Know You" with David Archuleta at No. 74 and "Ice Cream Freeze (Let's Chill)" at No. 87 (see next item) - Hannah Montana leads Miley Cyrus in total chart appearances, 18 to 10.
TWO SCOOPS: Until recently, there had only been three titles in the 51-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 featuring the term "Ice Cream." Just in time for the dog days of summer, that sum has been nearly matched in the past seven weeks.
On the June 13 Hot 100, R&B/hip-hop newcomer Dorrough debuted at No. 92 with "Ice Cream Paint Job." This week, the track rises 64-57.
At No. 87, Hannah Montana arrives with "Ice Cream Freeze (Let's Chill)." It's the first time that the Hot 100 has featured two helpings of "Ice Cream" simultaneously. (Flo Rida charts "Sugar" at No. 80, but he'd need a few more ingredients to count in the "Ice Cream" category).
Here are the previous titles with "Ice Cream" in their titles to hit the Hot 100 (none of which debuted in the summer):
"Ice Cream Song," The Dynamics, debuted March 22, 1969
"Incarcerated Scarfaces/Ice Cream," Raekwon, debuted Oct. 14, 1995
"Mr. Ice Cream Man," Master P, debuted April 27, 1996
Raekwon's title is the highest-charting "Ice Cream" song, having peaked at No. 37.
If only a brother or sister known for their Hot 100 top 10s in 1989 and 1999, respectively, led this week's Hot 100 and a '90s pop-alternative English band also appeared on the list.
Then we would have "Ice Cream," Sundays, and a Cherry (Neneh or Eagle-Eye) on top.
TOP 40: Mariah Carey notches her 40th Billboard Hot 100 chart entry with the No. 11 bow of "Obsessed." She becomes just the eighth woman in the chart's history to make 40 or more appearances.
Here is a look at the legendary female artists to make the most visits to the Hot 100, followed by the dates of their first charted hits:
73, Aretha Franklin (March 4, 1961)
56, Dionne Warwick (Dec. 8, 1962)
54, Madonna (Oct. 29, 1983)
53, Connie Francis (Dec. 2, 1957)
48, Brenda Lee (March 2, 1957)
41, Barbra Streisand (April 4, 1964)
40, Diana Ross (April 25, 1970)
40, Mariah Carey (June 2, 1990)
The song is also Carey's 33rd top 40 hit, tying her with Francis. Among women, Carey and Francis trail only Madonna (48) and Franklin (43) for most top 40 titles.
Though she falls just shy of a top 10 entrance, Carey does claim her highest debut on the Hot 100 since "My All" opened at No. 2 on May 9, 1998. The new title, which also rises 31-28 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, previews her 12th studio album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," due Aug. 25. The song starts on Hot Digital Songs at No. 6.
ALL'S WELL THAT'S MAXWELL'S: Eight years after his last debut, Maxwell returns to No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "BLACK'summersnight," his second leader on each list.
The singer's "Now" topped both charts dated Sept. 8, 2001.
Two of Maxwell's opening acts on his current tour also shine on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Chrisette Michele's "Epiphany" rises 9-7 and Laura Izibor's "Let the Truth Be Told" storms 19-10.
TRIBUTE TRIUMPHS: The star-studded July 7 memorial for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center generates further chart moves for the King of Pop.
For a third week, Jackson's "Number Ones" leads Top Comprehensive Albums and Top Pop Catalog, while the original versions of several Jackson titles performed at the gathering scale Hot Digital Songs, including two from his 1991 album "Dangerous." "Will You Be There," performed at the tribute by Jennifer Hudson, rockets 59-10 and "Heal the World" debuts at No. 39. ("Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour" also advances 2-1 on Top Music Video Sales).
Also benefiting are Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" (28-17 on Hot Digital Songs), "Human Nature" (47-21), reinvented at the celebration as a guitar instrumental by John Mayer, "I'll Be There" (40-31), covered at the event by Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz, USA for Africa's "We Are the World" (new at No. 50), Jackson's composition with Lionel Richie, "Who's Lovin' You" (No. 55), credited to the Jackson 5, "Smile" (new at No. 56) and "Gone Too Soon" (new at No. 67). Jackson this week claims 21 solo cuts on Hot Digital Songs, matching the mark for most concurrently charted titles on the survey that he set two weeks ago.
With its debut on Hot Digital Songs, "We Are the World" appears on a Billboard chart for the first time since 1985, when it topped the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Adult Contemporary. It peaked at No. 27 on Mainstream Rock and No. 76 on Hot Country Songs.
Of the song's 21 soloists, six appear this week on current-based Billboard surveys: Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Jackson and Bob Dylan.
Jackson also plates his 21st career charted title on the Billboard 200, as "The Stripped Mixes" debuts at No. 95. The set features alternate takes of some of his early Motown solo hits.
65 AND NOT RETIRED: Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" this week moves into a second-place tie for most weeks logged on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song, which dips 29-32, passes the 64 weeks accumulated by Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" in 2006-07.
Here is an updated look at the three songs to spend the most time on the Hot 100 in the chart's history:
69 weeks, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes, 1997-98
65 weeks, "You Were Meant for Me/Foolish Games," Jewel, 1996-98
65 weeks, "I'm Yours," Jason Mraz, 2008-09
GIRLS & 'BOYS': After just two female artists scored a pair of top 10s on the Adult Top 40 chart from a debut album in the first half of the decade, four have now done so since 2007.
Katy Perry joins the list of notable newcomers, as "Waking Up in Vegas," from her introductory Capitol album "One of the Boys," rises 11-8. "Hot N Cold" spent four weeks at No. 1 beginning in December.
Here is a look at the six rookie women to send two tracks from their debut albums into the top 10 since 2000:
Michelle Branch ("Everywhere," "All You Wanted), 2002
Avril Lavigne ("Complicated," "I'm With You"), 2003
KT Tunstall ("Black Horse & the Cherry Tree," "Suddenly I See"), 2007
Colbie Caillat ("Bubbly," "Realize"), 2008
Leona Lewis ("Bleeding Love," "Better in Time"), 2008
Katy Perry ("Hot N Cold," "Waking Up in Vegas"), 2009
No female artist has collected three Adult Top 40 top 10s from a debut set since Jewel in 1996-97. Perry approached the top 10 on her first foray into the format with "I Kissed a Girl" (No. 16). She also peaked at No. 11 with "Thinking of You."
CHART BEAT BITS: Late jazz luminary Duke Ellington graces the Billboard 200 for the first time in 41 years. "Best of Duke Ellington" opens at No. 186, marking the bandleader, composer and arranger's first entry since "Francis A. & Edward K.," with Frank Sinatra, reached No. 78 in 1968. The new collection is the fifth charted title on the Billboard 200 for Ellington, who was born in 1899 and passed away in 1974 ...
Lady Antebellum's "I Run to You" is the 19th song to reach No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in 2009, compared to 12 at this point last year. See last week's Ask Billboard for a detailed look at the more rapid turnover the chart has featured this year ...
Paramore previews its third album, "Brand New Eyes," due Sept. 29, with "Ignorance," which opens on Rock Songs at No. 36. On Alternative (No. 26), the bow is the best for a song with female lead vocals since Evanescence's "Call Me When You're Sober" started at No. 21 in August 2006 ...
Boys Like Girls' self-titled debut album produced three Billboard Hot 100 hits in 2007-08: "The Great Escape" (No. 23), "Hero/Heroine" (No. 43) and "Thunder" (No. 76). This week, the Boston band soars to its highest ranking, as "Love Drunk" darts 46-22. The new song, which also debuts on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart at No. 37, is the title cut from the group's second set, due Sept. 8 ...
Walter Beasley notches his first No. 1 in two years on Smooth Jazz Songs, as "Steady as She Goes" rises 3-1. The song is not a remake of the Raconteurs' 2006 alternative smash. On Hot Christian AC Songs, veteran trio Phillips, Craig & Dean claims its first No. 1 with "Revelation Song" (2-1). Its previous highest-charting title was the No. 4-peaking "Here I Am to Worship" in 2004 ...
A title debuting on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is one that never would've appeared until recent times. Trey Songz bows at No. 94 with "LOL :-)." We're pretty sure that Songz earns the honor of the first artist ever to place an emoticon on a Billboard chart. Chances are he's quite :] and :D about that.