'GLEE' AMONG RECORD-SETTING CLUB: In a week dominated by "American Idol," it's another Fox TV-related show that spurs the biggest splash on the Billboard Hot 100.
Of course, having "Idol" as a lead-in helped the musical comedy "Glee" enjoy an ample audience (9.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research) for its premiere May 19. The series' cast blasts in at No. 4 with its cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."
Not only does the song instantly best the No. 9 peak of the original version, but it's also the highest of a record-breaking seven debuts in the Hot 100's top 40 this week. In the chart's 50-year history, the previous high sum for most simultaneous arrivals inside the top 40 was six, set July 5, 2008. That week, between Nos. 11 and 38, four cuts from the "Camp Rock" soundtrack stormed in, from Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Jonas Brothers and the movie's cast, along with titles from Rihanna and Flo Rida.
Here are this week's seven top 40 debuts and their ranks:
No. 4, "Don't Stop Believin'," Glee Cast
No. 6, "New Divide," Linkin Park
No. 11, "No Boundaries," Kris Allen
No. 16, "Heartless," Kris Allen
No. 19, "Mad World," Adam Lambert
No. 24, "Permanent," David Cook
No. 37, "Ain't No Sunshine," Kris Allen
The influence of "Idol" and "Glee" extends almost all the way down the chart. Additional debuts from newly-crowned eighth-season "Idol" champion Allen show at Nos. 66 ("Apologize") and 94 ("Falling Slowly"). Runner-up Adam Lambert bows at Nos. 56 ("A Change Is Gonna Come"), 72 ("No Boundaries") and 82 ("One"). The "Glee" cast enters "Rehab" at No. 98.
In all, six former Hot 100 top 10s return to the tally. Here are the chart histories of the original recordings:
"Heartless," Kanye West, No. 2, 2009
"Apologize," Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, No. 2, 2007
"Rehab," Amy Winehouse, No. 9, 2007
"One," U2, No. 10, 1992
"Don't Stop Believin'," Journey, No. 9, 1981
"Ain't No Sunshine," Bill Withers, No. 3, 1971
Allen and Lambert also grace the Billboard 200 with iTunes-exclusive packages, each titled "Season 8 Favorite Performances." Lambert's arrives at No. 33, Allen's at No. 50.
There's even room for the third- and fourth-place finalists in this season's "Idol" competition, as Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta debut on the Hot 100's Bubbling Under chart. Lambert and Iraheta's "Slow Ride" enters at No. 5. Gokey's "You Are So Beautiful" bows at No. 25.
ALLEN, THE FAMILY: He's worn the "Idol" crown for only a week, but it's not too early to judge where Kris Allen ranks among his victorious predecessors.
The 23-year-old Conway, Ark., native continues the streak of each "Idol" triumph tune reaching the top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. If "No Boundaries" does not ascend higher than its debut position of No. 11, however, it will become just the second such song to miss the top 10, joining Jordin Sparks' "This Is My Now" in 2007.
Here is a look at the debut and peak positions of each season's introductory release on the Hot 100:
2002: "A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson, No. 60 debut, No. 1 peak
2003: "Flying Without Wings," Ruben Studdard, No. 2 debut and peak
2004: "I Believe," Fantasia, No. 1 debut and peak
2005: "Inside Your Heaven," Carrie Underwood, No. 1 debut and peak
2006: "Do I Make You Proud," Taylor Hicks, No. 1 debut and peak
2007: "This Is My Now," Jordin Sparks, No. 15 debut and peak
2008: "The Time of My Life," David Cook, No. 3 debut and peak
2009: "No Boundaries," Kris Allen, No. 11 debut (and peak to date)
Though fueled largely by digital download sales, "No Boundaries" is also off to a fast start at radio. Allen's ballad enters Adult Contemporary at No. 27 and Pop 100 Airplay at No. 70.
IT'S NO JOKE: "American Idol" also helps send Steve Martin back to the Billboard 200 for the first time since 1981, as "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" debuts at No. 106. Playing the banjo, Martin performed "Pretty Flowers" from the album on the season finale, with top 13 contestants Megan Joy and Michael Sarver trading vocals.
Martin placed three comedic sets on the Billboard 200 from 1977 to 1979. His last entry until this week foreshadowed his current sound, even if the wait would prove to be more than 27 years. The 1981 LP "The Steve Martin Brothers" featured comedy cuts on side one and banjo music on side two.
After his "Idol" performance, Martin did sneak in one slice of his wry humor. Put on the spot by host Ryan Seacrest to predict who would take home the "Idol" title, Martin quipped, "I know it's a long shot, but I hope I do."
TAKE FIVE: There are other major, non-"Idol"-influenced headlines among the latest batch of charts, and in almost any other week, this one would likely contend for the lead. Eminem charges onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Relapse," his fifth consecutive chart-topping set. He first appeared with the No. 2-peaking "The Slim Shady LP," on March 13, 1999, and followed with the No. 1s "The Marshall Mathers LP" (2000), "The Eminem Show" (2002), "Encore" (2004) and "Curtain Call: The Hits" (2005).
How rare is the feat of linking at least five straight No. 1s on the Billboard 200? In the chart's 53-year history, only seven artists have enjoyed such a run of continuous success:
8 consecutive No. 1s, The Beatles (1965-69)
5 consecutive No. 1s, Eminem (2000-09)
5 consecutive No. 1s, DMX (1998-2003)
5 consecutive No. 1s, U2 (1987-97)
5 consecutive No. 1s, Paul McCartney (1973-77)
5 consecutive No. 1s, Chicago (1972-75)
5 consecutive No. 1s, Elton John (1972-74)
On the Billboard Hot 100, a sixth song from "Relapse" debuts, as "Insane" enters at No. 85.
GREAT 'DIVIDE': Entering both the Billboard Hot 100 and Modern Rock at No. 6, Linkin Park's "New Divide" becomes the third title to launch in the top 10 of the two tallies simultaneously. The band's own "What I've Done" (No. 1 Modern Rock, No. 7 Hot 100) in 2007 and Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" (No. 8 on each chart) in 2005 previously posted such double debuts.
The new cut ushers in the film soundtrack "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," due June 23.
MOVING 'UP': Katy Perry powers to her third Billboard Hot 100 top 10 from "One of the Boys," as "Waking Up in Vegas" rolls 13-10. "I Kissed a Girl" led for seven weeks, and "Hot N Cold" peaked at No. 3. Perry becomes the first artist signed to Capitol Records to notch a trio of top 10s from an album since M.C. Hammer, whose "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" produced "U Can't Touch This" (No. 8), "Have You Seen Her" (No. 4) and "Pray" (No. 2) in 1990.
The last female on Capitol to accomplish the feat? Tina Turner, whose "Private Dancer" sent "What's Love Got to Do With It" to No. 1, "Better Be Good to Me" to No. 5 and the title cut to No. 7 in 1984-85.
Juice Newton is the only other woman to score such a hat trick for Capitol. "Juice" squeezed out "Angel of the Morning" (No. 4), "Queen of Hearts" (No. 2) and "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" (No. 7) in 1981-82.
While the legendary label has boasted a majority of its successes with male-led acts, from the Beach Boys and the Beatles to Duran Duran and Coldplay, its first Hot 100 top 10 belonged to a woman. Peggy Lee's iconic "Fever" rose to No. 8 in August 1958.
The seven-week reign for "I Kissed a Girl," meanwhile, is tied for the Hot 100's longest reign by a Capitol title. Notching its final week at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 16, 2008, the single equaled the chart-topping run of the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
CHART BEAT BITS: Funnyman Dane Cook collects his second top 10 on the Billboard 200, as "ISolated INcident" opens at No. 5. The comedian/actor's first top 10, 2005's "Retaliation," debuted and peaked at No. 4. He is one of just three comedy acts that have landed top 10 albums in that span, joined by "Weird Al" Yankovic ("Straight Outta Lynwood," No. 10 in 2006) and Flight of the Conchords (self-titled soundtrack, No. 3 last year) ...
A veteran of the Billboard 200 since April 4, 1992, when "Little Earthquakes" debuted at No. 176, Tori Amos earns her seventh top 10, as "Abnormally Attracted to Sin" starts at No. 9. "Boys for Pele" stands as her highest-charting set, having entered and peaked at No. 2 in 1996 ...
After not appearing on the Billboard 200 since 1985, the Oak Ridge Boys returned earlier this month with the No. 156-peaking "A Gospel Journey." This week, the act's "The Boys Are Back" bows at No. 77. That's the Oaks' highest placement since "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" rose to No. 71 in October 1984 ...
Jody Watley extends her span of charting on Hot Dance Club Play to 22 years, three months and two weeks, as "Candlelight" debuts at No. 46. Her maiden entry, "Looking for a New Love," became her first of seven No. 1s on the tally in April 1987 ...
Another act that drew its first Billboard chart ink in 1987 returns. Swing Out Sister enters Top Contemporary Jazz Albums at No. 5 with "Beautiful Mess." The group last appeared when "Somewhere in the World" spent a week at No. 30 on the Adult Contemporary list dated Aug. 16, 1997. Swing Out Sister's first charting single, "Breakout," hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on Adult Contemporary ...
Mark Chesnutt's 40th title on Hot Country Songs, "She Never Got Me Over You," re-enters at the only ranking it's known, No. 60. The ballad has now spent three nonconsecutive weeks at the survey's bottom rung on charts dated in each of April, May and June. A print ad aimed at radio programmers by Chesnutt's record label, Lofton Creek, pokes fun at the song's unassuming chart life, encouraging enough airplay to advance the cut beyond the list's anchor position (and preferably before July).