Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey, Beach Boys, Lou Reed
Mariah Carey's 'All I Want' Crowns Billboard's Holiday Songs Chart

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.

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."

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Pages

Print