Now with 11 Hot 100 No. 1s, what chance might Rihanna have at passing the Beatles for the most leaders in the chart's history?
... AND SOME 'MISTLETOE': A week after Justin Bieber soared onto the Hot 100 at No. 11 with "Mistletoe," the latest outbreak of Bieber Fever manifests itself in the No. 58 bow of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," featuring his mentor Usher.
Bieber's cover marks just the third version of the carol to grace the Hot 100. Nat King Cole's classic rendition reached No. 65 the week of Dec. 29, 1962, and Christina Aguilera's dance remix opened and peaked at No. 18 Jan. 1, 2000.
"Christmas" and "Mistletoe," the former of which replaces the latter title on the Holiday Digital Songs chart, introduce Bieber's first seasonal album, "Under the Mistletoe," due atop next week's Billboard 200.
LEVINE IN 'STEREO': Adam Levine becomes the third act to replace oneself at No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart, as Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" (3-1), on which he guests, halts the six-week reign of "Moves Like Jagger" (1-3) by the group he fronts, Maroon 5.
On the Dec. 9, 1995, survey, Mariah Carey's "One Sweet Day," featuring Boyz II Men, began an 11-week command by ousting her "Fantasy" after six weeks at the summit. The week of Feb. 14, 2004, OutKast's "The Way You Move," featuring Sleepy Brown, directly followed the duo's "Hey Ya!" to the top. The songs led the airplay ranking for nine and three weeks, respectively.
'LIVING' LEGEND: Nineteen-and-half-years after she charted the first of her 65 entries to-date on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (the No. 1 "You Remind Me"), Mary J. Blige makes just her second appearance on Adult Contemporary, where "The Living Proof" bows at No. 27. The song appears on the soundtrack to "The Help" and will be included on Blige's 10th studio album, "My Life II... the Journey Continues (Act 1)," due Nov. 21.
Blige first dented AC with a cover of U2's "One," featuring the band, in 2006. The remake rose to No. 36.
LORDS A-LEAPIN': Adult (the connotation of the word differing from that in "adult contemporary") actress-turned-mainstream actress-turned-singer Traci Lords returns to Dance/Club Play Songs, as "Last Drag" debuts at No. 45. Lords charted two titles on the survey in 1995: the No. 2-peaking "Control" and the No. 11 "Fallen Angel."
"I chose to stop running from it," Lords wrote in her 2003 autobiography, "Traci Lords: Underneath It All," of her past in the adult film industry. "Instead, I won it, legally changing my name to Traci Elizabeth Lords."
Acclaimed roles opposite Kevin Spacey in the TV series "Wiseguy" and Johnny Depp in the 1990 film "Cry-Baby" redefined her acting resume. For her role in the 2001 film "Chump Change," Lords won the Best Actress award at the US Comedy Arts Festival.
Lords concurrently fostered a music career (joining such adult actresses who have transitioned to the studio as Andrea True and Heather Hunter).
As "Drag" begins its Dance/Club Play Songs chart run, the song is receiving early support from Sirius XM's 20 on 20 channel (51 plays in the Oct. 24-30 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS).
Did Lords' acting past hinder Sirius XM VP/pop-dance-urban Kid Kelly from adding the song to a family-targeted station? "No, I thought she was great on 'Melrose Place'," he jokes, referencing Lords' numerous TV roles, which include turns on "Roseanne," "Married ... With Children" and "Gilmore Girls."
"It didn't even occur to me that kids might know who she is," he says. "Ultimately, I was pleasantly surprised (by 'Drag') and we haven't received any negative responses."
Kelly praises Lords' vocals in the song and is optimistic of its future chart fortunes.
"I think it really has the potential to be something."