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3'S COMPANY: This week's Billboard Hot 100 is brought to you by the number three.
Boulder, Colo., electronic duo 3OH!3 - named after its home region's area code of 303 - reaches the top 10 in its first chart appearance, as "Don't Trust Me" jumps 13-9. The act is the third to reach the top 10 with a name starting with the numeral '3,' following 38 Special and 3 Doors Down, the latter of whom notched, fittingly, three top 10s earlier this decade. The highest-peaking song by an act whose name begins with the digit '3'? "Kryptonite," which 3 Doors Down took to, of course, No. 3.
(For this item we're counting only acts starting with the number '3,' as opposed to the word 'three.' Therefore, we are excluding exactly three more acts: Three Dog Night, the Three Degrees, and, on a related note, Third Eye Blind).
The number three also appears in the chart's Hot Shot Debut, as Eminem bows at No. 32 with "3AM." The song is none other than the third single from Slim Shady's forthcoming album, "Relapse." It's also, naturally, the third top 40 hit in Hot 100 history to start with '3.' It follows the KLF's "3 A.M. Eternal" in 1991 (No. 5 peak) and Alana Davis' "32 Flavors" (No. 37) in 1998.
BLOWIN' IN: Bob Dylan had to wait 30 years between his last two Billboard 200 chart-topping albums: 1976's "Desire" and 2006's "Modern Times." This week, he ends a gap of only two years and eight months, as "Together Through Life" bows at No. 1, becoming the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend's fifth No. 1. Here is a recap of Dylan's chart-toppers:
Feb. 16, 1974, "Planet Waves," four weeks at No. 1
March 1, 1975, "Blood on the Tracks," two weeks at No. 1
Feb. 7, 1976, "Desire," five weeks at No. 1
Sept. 16, 2006, "Modern Times," one weeks at No. 1
May 16, 2009, "Together Through Life," one weeks at No. 1 to date
While "Modern Times" launched with an Apple iTunes/iPod TV spot, in which Dylan himself starred, it's worth noting that the new album matches that set's bow without the benefit of such a splashy marketing tie-in.
Dylan's Billboard 200 discography dates to Sept. 7, 1963, when "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" entered the list. That effort ultimately peaked at No. 22. His chart span on the tally now stands at 45 years, eight months and one week.
'COUNTRY' TOPS COUNTRY: Jason Aldean's new No. 1 on Hot Country Songs manages a feat that only 14 prior leaders have accomplished in the chart's 65-year history. "She's Country" is the latest No. 1 to include the format's name in its title.
Here is a look at the 15 chart-topping titles to feature the word "country" since Billboard originated the survey in 1944:
"She's Country," Jason Aldean (2009)
"Country Boy," Alan Jackson (2009)
"Ladies Love Country Boys," Trace Adkins (2007)
"Play Something Country," Brooks & Dunn (2005)
"Gone Country," Alan Jackson (1995)
"A Jukebox With a Country Song," Doug Stone (1992)
"Country Boy," Ricky Skaggs (1985)
"Country Girls," John Schneider (1985)
"I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," Barbara Mandrell (1981)
"I'm Just a Country Boy," Don Williams (1977)
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy," John Denver (1975)
"Country Is," Tom T. Hall (1974)
"Country Bumpkin," Cal Smith (1974)
"A Week in a Country Jail," Tom T. Hall (1970)
"Country Girl," Faron Young (1959)
2009 joins 1985 and 1974 as the only years to sport multiple No. 1s with the word "country" in their titles. With four such leaders this decade, the 2000s rank second only to the 1970s, when five "country" songs reached the pinnacle.
"She's Country" is Aldean's second No. 1. The Macon, Ga., native celebrated his first reign with "Why" on the May 27, 2006, tally.
DAMIAN STAGES COMEBACK: It's not uncommon for soap opera characters to make dramatic returns after lengthy disappearances. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that the actor/singer known for his tenure as Danny Romalotti on "The Young and the Restless" does the same on the Adult Contemporary chart. Michael Damian places his first title on the list in 17 years, as "Rock On (2009)" bows at No. 30.
He last visited the list dated May 2, 1992, when "(There'll Never Be) Another You" spent its final week on the chart.
Damian's new album, "Rock On," also updates his biggest AC hit, 1990's No. 7-peaking "Was It Nothing at All."
HOT 'WINGS': Another artist ends a lengthy chart drought, as Maxwell visits Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the first time since July 6, 2002.
The single "Pretty Wings" takes flight at No. 22, marking the chart's highest debut this year. It shatters the previous top arrival, a No. 54 start for T-Pain's "Freeze" in January. It's the list's best launch since Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" burst in at No. 20 on the Oct. 25, 2008, chart.
The new title also returns Maxwell to the Billboard Hot 100, where it debuts at No. 89, for the first time since June 29, 2002.
"Pretty Wings" previews Maxwell's first album in eight years, "BLACKsummers'night," due July 7.
PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF: 2009 has seen a handful of artists reap their first No. 1s on Hot Latin Songs after numerous attempts. This week, Tito "El Bambino" captures the crown for the first time with "El Amor," his ninth chart entry.
The singer follows the recent trend started in January by Aventura, which landed its first No. 1 with "Por Un Segundo," its eighth charted title. Last month, Banda El Recodo finally reached the top with "Te Presumo," its 33rd chart effort. The most patient artist this year to be rewarded with a first No. 1 was Vicente Fernandez, who moved into the penthouse in February with "El Ultimo Beso," his 50th entry.
CHART BEAT BITS: Anchorage, Alaska, quintet Bearfoot debuts at No. 1 on Top Bluegrass Albums with "Doors and Windows," its first Billboard chart ink. With "Do Wrong Right" by The Devil Makes Right launching at No. 1 last week, the chart sports back-to-back bows at the summit for only the second time in its seven-year history. Ricky Skaggs & the Whites' "Salt of the Earth" began at No. 1 on the Oct. 13, 2007, survey, followed a week later by Merle Haggard's "The Bluegrass Sessions" ...
The "Twilight" soundtrack logs its 19th week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. That's the longest top 10 run for a theatrical film soundtrack since 1998, when "Titanic" and "City of Angels" remained in the top tier for 20 weeks each ...
Kristinia DeBarge hurtles 75-42 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut track "Goodbye." The daughter of DeBarge member James nets the family's biggest hit since her uncle Chico peaked at No. 21 in February 1987 with "Talk to Me" ...
As lead vocalist of the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson placed five songs on the Hot 100 from 1981 to 1983. He matches that total as a soloist, as "There Goes My Baby" debuts at No. 98. The song spent seven weeks atop Adult R&B ...
Opposites attract: Taylor Swift re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 95 with "Fearless." A notch below, Lily Allen appears with "The Fear" ...
He'll always be rap royalty, but Snoop Dogg has become a dance music darling of late. On Hot Dance Club Play, the Pussycat Dolls' "Bottle Pop," featuring Snoop Dogg, ascends to the summit, marking Snoop Dogg's fourth No. 1 in-a-row on the list. Mariah Carey's "Say Somethin'," on which he guested, reached the top May 27, 2006. The Pussycat Dolls' "Buttons," the first entry on which he assisted the group, pushed to No. 1 Sept. 30, 2006. On April 26, 2008, Snoop Dogg claimed his first topper as a lead artist when "Sensual Seduction" slinked its way to No. 1.