SWEET SUCCESS: An act that scored four top 10s on Alternative Songs in the '90s makes its first Billboard chart appearance since 2001.
Ireland's the Cranberries debut on the adult alternative Triple A radio airplay chart at No. 30 with "Tomorrow." The group had last drawn chart ink when its fifth album, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee," reached No. 46 on the Nov. 10, 2001, Billboard 200.
"Tomorrow" introduces "Roses," the quartet's first studio album since "Wake," due as a Valentine's Day present to fans Feb. 14, 2012. The new release follows a reunion that returned the group to touring in 2009 after a six-year hiatus. "It's kind of picking up where we left off," Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan recently told Billboard.com.
"It really came together really nicely. A lot of the tracks were written without really thinking about it. They just came. I suppose we had more respect for each other and what we were doing. In the latter days, towards 2003, we were just kind of going through the motions a bit.
"Now, we're really happy and really appreciate what we have together."
'HOME' RUN: Kelly Clarkson's new holiday single, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," debuts at No. 93 on the Hot 100, marking the beloved carol's highest placement on the chart.
The only other charted version of the seasonal standard, first recorded by Bing Crosby? Josh Groban's, which spent a week at No. 95 in 2006. Groban's live recording, for WLTW (106.7 Lite FM) New York listeners, reached No. 4 on Adult Contemporary; a studio version, from his album "Noel," topped AC for three weeks the next year.
Clarkson's cover concurrently enters Holiday Digital Songs at No. 3.
Crosby's version reached No. 3 on Billboard's pre-Hot 100 pop sales chart in December 1943.
SOLO SMITH: Answer to trivia question above: With nine, former Smiths frontman Morrissey boasts the most Alternative Songs top 10s by a solo act. Two reached No. 1: "Tomorrow" (six weeks, 1992) and "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" (seven weeks, 1994).
Additional reporting by Billboard associate director of charts/retail Keith Caulfield