Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey, Beach Boys, Lou Reed
Justin Bieber was born the year that Mariah Carey first released 'All I Want for Christmas Is You.' Now their duet of the song is on the Hot 100.
CAREY ON: With the help of an artist who was less than a year old when the song was originally released, Mariah Carey returns to the Billboard Hot 100 with an update of "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
Justin Bieber (born March 1, 1994) and Carey's duet of the song, parenthetically titled the "Superfestive!" version, arrives at No. 86 on the chart, as Bieber's seasonal set "Under the Mistletoe" becomes the first holiday album by a male artist to launch at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
The original "Christmas" reached No. 12 on Radio Songs and No. 6 on Adult Contemporary in the 1994 holiday season. (Chart rules at the time prevented the non-commercially-available single from appearing on the Hot 100 that year).
Last week in New York, Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber shot the forthcoming video for their new version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which Carey first made a solo smash in 1994.
With the bow, Carey notches her 44th Hot 100 hit. Her prior visit was likewise Yuletide-themed: "Oh Santa!" spent a week at No. 100 last holiday season. (Before that, "Up Out My Face," which marked the second Hot 100 appearance for guest Nicki Minaj, also tallied a lone week at the chart's anchor position).
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
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
39, Taylor Swift, 2006-11 (Notably, the digital era has helped Swift score multiple Hot 100 entries with album cuts the weeks that her last two studio sets, "Fearless" (2008) and "Speak Now" (2010), have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. As she's due to arrive on next week's Hot 100 with multiple tracks from the forthcoming "Speak Now" re-issue, this list will likely appear in revised form in next week's "Weekly Notes" column).
"Christmas" has clearly become a modern holiday classic. In addition to Bieber and Carey's new duet, Michael Buble's take on the song, from his new album "Christmas," which ranks at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 after opening at No. 3 last week, is bubbling under the Adult Contemporary chart.
Last holiday season, Lady Antebellum sent its cover of "Christmas" to No. 38 on Country Songs; Newsboys' interpretation rose to No. 24 on Christian Songs; and, Big Time Rush's remake topped Kid Digital Songs. Carey's own 2010 re-recording of the carol peaked at No. 4 on Holiday Digital Songs last year.
Carey could soon impact Billboard charts with another holiday hit, a remix of "When Christmas Comes" (originally released last year on her holiday set "Merry Christmas II You") with John Legend.
"Coming soon, a legendary musical collabo. #WhenChristmasComes," Carey Tweeted Monday. "Me & the legendary John, soon to be topping your Christmas list! P.S. It's a SGSHW!"
(As Mariah Lambs know, SGSHW is shorthand for "stone groove smash hit wonder").
MAKING WAVES: If debuts of multiple holiday albums on the Billboard 200, starting with Bieber's new leader and including Carole King's "A Holiday Carole" at No. 71, conjure feelings of Jack Frost nipping at your nose, the Beach Boys concurrently arrive with the summery sounds of "Smile."
Unreleased since its inception 45 years ago, the title bows at No. 27. (Brian Wilson's solo interpretation of the album reached No. 13 in 2004).
With the entrance, the Beach Boys have sent three consecutive entries into the Billboard 200's top 40 for the first time since 1975-76. "The Very Best of the Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer" peaked at No. 16 in 2003 and "The Warmth of the Sun" opened at its No. 40 peak in 2007.
DO IT ALL AGAIN: The "Glee" cast collects its record-extending 163rd Hot 100 hit, as its cover of Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night," enters at No. 72 (with the high school characters cheerfully maintaining the lyric, "... had a ménage a trois").
Though the troupe's take on "Friday" outsold the original version, 34,000 downloads to 24,000, last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Perry's rendition ranks significantly higher on the Hot 100 - No. 39 - due to its long-built airplay advantage; it's still in the top 40 on Radio Songs (No. 36) after spending five weeks at No. 1 in the summer.
"Friday" marks the "Glee" cast's third charted Perry cover, following makeovers of "Teenage Dream" (No. 8, 2010) and "Firework" (No. 34 in February).
The ensemble also updated this year's other well-known hit about the end of the work week. Its remake of Rebecca Black's "Friday" peaked at No. 34 in May after the teen singer's original version had reached No. 58.
MONSTERS OF ROCK: With collaborative partner Metallica, Lou Reed nets his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 in 37 years, as the acts' "Lulu" debuts at No. 36.
Reed had last ranked higher on the list when his sole top 10, "Sally Can¹t Dance," reached No. 10 in 1974. He's also reached the chart's top 40 with "Transformer" (No. 29, 1973) and "New York" (No. 40, 1989). (Reed's influential rock act Velvet Underground rose as high as No. 85 with "VU" in 1985).
"Lulu" marks Metallica's 15th Billboard 200 appearance and its first since "Death Magnetic," which became its fifth No. 1 upon its debut the week of Sept. 27, 2008.
The idea for the collaboration arose after Reed and Metallica performed together in 2009 at the Rock and Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Reed earlier this year described the collaboration as a "marriage made in heaven." Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich echoed the sentiment, saying, "I don't think we've ever felt this free. There's nothing that's totally outside of the boundary for us, nothing that feels like, 'Oh, what happens if we go there?' "
"The strength of us is it feels like we cannot land on a wrong place."