Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, LMFAO, Heavy D
Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, LMFAO, Heavy D

With three debuts, Swift passes five legends to claim the seventh-most Hot 100 appearances among women.

SHHH! THE 'MOVIE' STARTED: Winning the Country Music Association's coveted Entertainer of the Year prize (Nov. 9)? Check.

Topping Country Songs for a fifth time, with "Sparks Fly"? Check.

Preparing to accept the 2011 Woman of the Year award at Billboard's annual Women in Music event (Dec. 2)? Check.

Any other feats that Taylor Swift needed to cross off her to-do list?

Oh, right. Passing Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson for a key Billboard Hot 100 achievement.

Done.

Swift sends three songs onto the Hot 100 this week: "If This Was a Movie" (No. 10), "Ours," her next country radio single (No. 13), and "Superman" (No. 26). The tracks made their digital retail debuts Nov. 8 after previously being available only on the deluxe CD version of her "Speak Now" album at Target stores.

With the bows, Swift moves past five legendary performers to claim the seventh-most Hot 100 appearances among women.

Here is an updated count of the women with the most charted titles, and their career chart spans, in the Hot 100's 53-year history:

73, Aretha Franklin, 1961-98
56, Dionne Warwick, 1962-98
55, Madonna, 1983-2009
53, Connie Francis, 1958-69
48, Brenda Lee, 1959-73
44, Mariah Carey, 1990-2011
42, Taylor Swift, 2006-11

41, Barbra Streisand, 1964-97
40, Diana Ross, 1970-86
39, Mary J. Blige, 1992-2010
39, Whitney Houston, 1984-2009
39, Janet Jackson, 1982-2008

Swift, whose first concert CD/DVD, "Speak Now World Tour Live," arrives Monday (Nov. 21), is aware of not only having joined the ranks of the rock era's most prolific women, but also of what she views as a responsibility of all artists.

"I definitely think about a million people when I'm getting dressed in the morning," she told CBS News. "It would be really easy to say, 'I'm 21 now, I do what I want!' But, it's not the truth of it.

"The truth is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation. So, make your words count."

Lesley Stahl's interview with Swift will air Sunday (Nov. 20) on "60 Minutes."

FIT FOR A QUEEN: The female artist with the most Hot 100 visits makes her own chart headlines.

Aretha Franklin notches her first entry on Adult R&B since 2007, as the aptly titled "How Long I've Been Waiting" debuts at No. 35. The song appears on her self-released 38th studio set, "A Woman Falling Out of Love," which began at No. 15 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in May.

The bow of "Waiting" coincides with the Queen of Soul's 50th anniversary of her first appearance in the Hot 100's top 40. Franklin rose 43-39 with "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" the week of Nov. 25, 1961.

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