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'COUNTRY' TOPS COUNTRY: Jason Aldean logs his second No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as "She's Country" kicks 2-1. The Macon, Ga., native celebrated his first reign with "Why" on the May 27, 2006, tally. His span between No. 1s is the format's longest since Garth Brooks waited nine years between "To Make You Feel My Love" (July 1998) and "More Than a Memory" (September 2007).
Wordsmiths, take note: the list's new leader joins a select group of No. 1s on the list with the format's name in their titles. Here is a look at all the 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.
DAMIAN STAGES COMEBACK: Actor/singer Michael Damian returns to a Billboard airplay chart after a 17-year absence, as "Rock On (2009)" bows at No. 30 on Adult Contemporary.
The former Danny Romalotti on the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" charted three Adult Contemporary hits from 1989 to 1992, although his original recording of "Rock On" was not among that trio. He last visited the list dated May 2, 1992, when "(There'll Never Be) Another You" spent its final week on the tally.
Damian's first cover of David Essex's "Rock On" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated June 3, 1989. Essex's original rose to No. 5 on the March 9, 1974, Hot 100.
This year has proven fruitful at Adult Contemporary for songs that topped the Hot 100 20 years ago. In addition to Damian's new title, Seal bullets at No. 9 with "If You Don't Know Me By Now," which Simply Red took to the Hot 100 summit on July 15, 1989.
HOT 'WINGS': Another artist ends a lengthy chart drought, as Maxwell visits the Adult R&B airplay list for the first time in six years. The single "Pretty Wings" takes flight at No. 15, becoming just the sixth title in the chart's 15-year history to launch in the top 15. Here are the songs to begin at such a lofty level:
No. 5, "Your Secret Love," Luther Vandross (1996)
No. 10, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," Whitney Houston (1995)
No. 13, "So What the Fuss," Stevie Wonder (2005)
No. 13, "I Hate U," Prince (1995)
No. 15, "Pretty Wings," Maxwell (2009)
No. 15, "Body & Soul," Anita Baker, No. 15 (1994)
Maxwell last graced the Adult R&B chart when his 15-week No. 1 "Lifetime" completed a whopping 91-week run on April 19, 2003. Only Kem's "Love Calls" (97 weeks in 2003-04) has spent more time on the tally.
"Pretty Wings" previews Maxwell's first album since 2001, "BLACKsummers'night," due July 7.
COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts, including the Billboard 200, where "Together Through Life" will bow at No. 1, becoming Bob Dylan's fifth leader. He had to wait 30 years between his last two chart-topping albums: 1976's "Desire" and 2006's "Modern Times." His new No. 1, thus, ends a gap of only two years and eight months. He earned his first two toppers in 1974 and 1975.
We'll also track Maxwell's impressive debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.