'SPARKS' INTEREST: Taylor Swift matches Carrie Underwood's record for most consecutive career-opening top 10 singles by a woman (promoted to country radio and excluding holiday fare) on Country Songs, as "Sparks Fly" ignites 13-10.
The song is Swift's 14th top 10 on the tally and fourth from "Speak Now," following "Mine" (No. 2), "Back to December" (No. 3) and "Mean" (No. 2). Swift banked five top 10s each from her 2006 eponymous debut and 2008's "Fearless."
Underwood's 14 top 10s span 2005's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" through this year's "Remind Me" with Brad Paisley.
Prior to the pair, Connie Smith had held the record among women with 12 straight career-opening Country Songs top 10 singles in 1964-68. Counting all artists, Swift and Underwood's streaks are the best since Tracy Lawrence arrived with 19 consecutive top 10s in 1991-97.
The two female stars are likely decades, however, from breaking the chart's all-time mark for most out-of-the-gate top 10s. Eddy Arnold sent his first 58 single releases (including B-sides) into the top bracket between 1945 and 1955.
OAKS LAND: The Oak Ridge Boys' "It's Only Natural" debuts at No. 70 on the Billboard 200, marking the quartet's best rank on the list since 1983's "American Made" hit No. 51.
The new set, sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations, includes an updated version of the group's last Country Songs top 10 to-date, 1991's No. 6-peaking "Lucky Moon."
With gospel quartet roots dating to the mid-'40s, the Oak Ridge Boys became Grand Ole Opry cast members in August.
ONE ON ONE: Hall and Oates are on the Adult Contemporary chart. Just separately.
Daryl Hall scores his first solo AC entry since 2004, as "Talking to You (Is Like Talking to Myself)" starts at No. 28. The set ushers in "Laughing Down Crying," Hall's first solo studio album since 1997's "Can't Stop Dreaming." "Talking" is his first solo AC hit since "What's in Your World" reached No. 27 in 2004.
John Oates, meanwhile, ranks on AC as a writer on Margo Rey's "Let the Rain," which bullets for a second week at No. 24. (The jazz-leaning Rey is married to comedian Ron White).
As a pair, Hall and Oates have collected 34 AC hits. Charting on the list since 1976, the duo didn't reach No. 1 until 2002 with "Do It for Love." The twosome reigned again with "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" in 2006-07.
ROCK ON: Two core format rock bands preview new albums with debuts on Adult Pop Songs.
Daughtry's "Crawling Back to You" and Nickelback's "When We Stand Together" enter the chart at Nos. 28 and 40, respectively. The tracks introduce the former's third studio album "Break the Spell" and the latter's seventh set "Here and Now," both due Nov. 21. (Fellow "Here" track "Bottoms Up" starts on Rock Songs at No. 48).
Daughtry follows its "Leave This Town," which opened atop the Aug. 1, 2009, Billboard 200. Nickelback's last release, "Dark Horse," began at No. 2 on the Dec. 6, 2008, survey.
"Going into the writing sessions (for 'Spell'), we said, 'Let's not try to sound like anything. Let's just write and see what happens'," says Chris Daughtry.
"We came up with some pretty interesting tunes that sound nothing like anything we've done before.
"At the same time," says Daughtry, 'Crawling Back to You' is a song that will appeal to fans who have been with us from the start."