ALL HAIL THE 'KING': Dave Matthews Band takes a hearty swig of the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth No. 1 with "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King."
The album marks the act's 22nd Billboard 200 entry (including Matthews' solo efforts) dating to its first, "Under the Table and Dreaming," on the Oct. 15, 1994, chart. In that span, only Bill & Gloria Gaither (40), Pearl Jam (29) and Phish (26) have made more appearances. George Strait also owns 22 charted albums since that date.
Here is a rundown of the peak positions of Dave Matthews Band's studio albums on the Billboard 200:
No. 11, "Under the Table and Dreaming," 1995
No. 2, "Crash," 1996
No. 1 (one week), "Before These Crowded Streets," 1998
No. 1 (two weeks), "Everyday," 2001
No. 1 (one week), "Busted Stuff," 2002
No. 2, "Some Devil" (Dave Matthews), 2003
No. 1 (one week), "Stand Up," 2005
No. 1 (one week to date), "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," 2009
ALL HAIL THE MAN WITH THE KING'S NAME: Elvis (Costello) has entered the Billboard 200.
A veteran of the list since Dec. 3, 1977, Costello this week posts his third-highest-charting set among his 29 career entries. "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" opens at No. 13, a ranking bested only by his "Armed Forces" (No. 10) in 1979 and "Get Happy!!" (No. 11) in 1980.
On Billboard's Top Canadian Albums chart, however, Costello's not even the highest-charting member of his own household this week. Though he likewise bows at No. 13 on the tally, wife Diana Krall claims bragging rights one notch higher with "Quiet Nights."
ALL HAIL THE KINGS: "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon becomes the group's first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, vaulting 52-19. The brother quartet performed the song on the MTV Movie Awards May 31.
"Use Somebody" reaches the top 40 in its 19th week, marking the longest ascension to the region since Taylor Swift also completed a scenic 19-frame journey (41-40) on July 28, 2007, eventually peaking at No. 13.
Kings of Leon's first Hot 100 hit, "Sex on Fire," reached No. 56 in November.
THEY'RE SO 2000-AND-10: The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" holds at No. 1 for a 10th week on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 11th title this decade to post a chart-topping run of 10 frames or more.
Here are the chart's double-digit dominators since 2000:
14 weeks at No. 1, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, 2005
12 weeks at No. 1, "Lose Yourself," Eminem, 2002
12 weeks at No. 1, "Yeah!," Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris, 2004
11 weeks at No. 1, "Independent Woman Part I," Destiny's Child, 2000
10 weeks at No. 1, "Maria Maria," Santana featuring the Product G&B, 2000
10 weeks at No. 1, "Foolish," Ashanti, 2002
10 weeks at No. 1, "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland, 2002
10 weeks at No. 1, "Gold Digger," Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, 2005
10 weeks at No. 1, "Irreplaceable," Beyonce, 2006
10 weeks at No. 1, "Low," Flo Rida featuring T-Pain, 2008
10 weeks at No. 1, "Boom Boom Pow," the Black Eyed Peas, 2009
JASON CHASIN' RECORD: Another song continues a notable lengthy run on the Billboard Hot 100. Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" becomes just the sixth entry to spend at least 60 weeks on the survey. The song, which debuted May 3, 2008, and peaked at No. 6 last September, eases 31-33 in its 60th stanza. The track now needs nine more weeks on the Hot 100 to tie LeAnn Rimes' record 69-week stay with "How Do I Live."
Following are the entries to log 60 weeks or more 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
64 weeks, "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood, 2006-07
62 weeks, "You and Me," Lifehouse, 2005-06
60 weeks, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio, 1995-96
60 weeks, "I'm Yours," Jason Mraz, 2008-09
Of the singles above, only Los Del Rio's reached No. 1, commanding the Hot 100 for 14 weeks from August through November 1996.
'SECOND' TIME AROUND: 20 years after one rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, sent a song into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 and onto Adult Contemporary, history repeats itself on both charts this week.
Shinedown's "Second Chance" rises 11-7 on the Hot 100 and debuts at No. 29 on Adult Contemporary, marking the first entry by that title to appear in the former chart's top 10 and on the latter list since 1989, when fellow Jacksonville rock act Thirty Eight Special's "Second Chance" became the band's biggest hit on each chart.
Fronted by then-new lead singer Max Carl, Thirty Eight Special posted its highest-charting Hot 100 hit when its "Second Chance" rose to No. 6 in May 1989. On Adult Contemporary, the ballad spent two weeks at No. 1, eventually earning the honor of the format's top track of 1989.
The two charts have each hosted an additional "Second Chance" (though the Jacksonville requirement was waived in each case). New York native Tyler Collins peaked at No. 53 on the Hot 100 in 1990, while Ottawa, Ontario-born Paul Anka took his 20th and most recent Adult Contemporary entry to No. 14 in 1984.
SOMETIMES THE REIGN COMES DOWN IN JUNE: Vanessa Williams notches her first No. 1 on a Billboard album chart in 17 years, as "The Real Thing" debuts in the penthouse on Top Contemporary Jazz Albums. She last led an album list when "The Comfort Zone" spent a week at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally dated May 2, 1992.
Williams had last topped any Billboard tally as an actress. In 1998, she was listed as a principal performer (with Vivica Fox) on the Top VHS Sales No. 1 "Soul Food."
THAT'S WHY THEY'RE CALLED ...: Rock band 311 debuts on the Billboard 200 with "Uplifter." The title is fitting, as it's the act's highest-charting effort, but that's not the only coincidence. The set's No. 3 ranking is the best of the band's, of course, 11 charted albums.
CHART BEAT BITS: Chickenfoot, comprising former Van Halen bandmates Sammy Hagar on vocals and Michael Anthony on bass, guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, starts at No. 4 with its self-titled set. While Hagar, Anthony and Smith have all reached No. 1 with Van Halen and the Peppers, respectively, Satriani had peaked as high as No. 22 as a solo artist with "Extremist" in 1992 ...
Kenny Chesney's 31st Billboard Hot 100 title, "Out Last Night," becomes his biggest, vaulting 60-16 after its arrival in the digital market. The country star had twice risen as high as No. 22, with "The Good Stuff" (2002) and "Never Wanted Nothing More" (2007) ...
Rookie rapper Drake makes a curious move on the Hot 100, as "Best I Ever Had" claims the chart's Greatest Gainer/Airplay award while tumbling 18-36. The drop is due to an unauthorized version of the track being removed from iTunes, resulting in a significant slip in sales ...
Jay-Z enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 66 with "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." The cut is the entertainment entrepreneur's 89th entry on the chart dating to his March 16, 1996, arrival. He extends his mark for most charted songs over runner-up R. Kelly (76) since the survey transitioned to Nielsen BDS- and Nielsen SoundScan-powered data beginning Dec. 5, 1992 ...
Tori Amos ascends to her fifth Triple A top 10, as "Welcome to England" lifts 11-10. Among women, Amos and four others - Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Bonnie Raitt and KT Tunstall - trail only Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman (seven each) and Melissa Etheridge (six) for most top 10s in the airplay chart's 13-year history.