Weekly Chart Notes: Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Mumford & Sons
MOVES LIKE BENNETT: Nevermind that young'un Mick Jagger.
Tony Bennett isn't gathering any moss either.
As previously reported, while Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, spends a third week at No. 1, Bennett becomes the oldest living artist ever to grace the Billboard Hot 100, as "Body and Soul," with the late Amy Winehouse, bows at No. 87.
At 85 years and two months, Bennett passes the late George Burns, who was 84-years and two-months-old when "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again" wrapped its chart run the week of March 22, 1980.
("I was always taught to respect my elders," Burns once mused. "(But), I've now reached the age when I don't have anybody to respect.")
When it comes to the Hot 100 this year, age ain't nothing but a number.
As Billboard director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo notes, since January, the Hot 100 has housed at least one artist who first graced the survey in each decade of its 53-year existence. Upon Bennett's bow, acts that made their Hot 100 arrivals in the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s have appeared on the chart this year.
While the bulk of the artists responsible for the 487 titles that have ranked on the Hot 100 in 2011 drew their first chart ink from 1990 on (including Willow Smith, who was born in 2000), a select eight acts have exhibited extraordinary longevity.
Here is a look at the eight artists to have placed on the Hot 100 this year that first made the list between the '50s and '80s:
(Artist, first (including debut date) and most recent Hot 100 hit)
Aug. 4, 1958 (the first Hot 100), "Young and Warm and Wonderful" / "Body and Soul"
May 9, 1959, "White Lightning" / "Country Boy" (Aaron Lewis featuring Jones and Charlie Daniels)
May 25, 1963, "These Arms of Mine" / "Otis" (Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Redding)
Oct. 30, 1971, "Got to Be There" / "Hold My Hand" (duet with Akon) (*Jackson appeared on the Hot 100 as early as Nov. 15, 1969, with the Jackson 5. Similarly, Bono and the Edge (U2) and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) have charted this year on their own after first ranking with their respective groups before the '90s).
June 30, 1973, "Uneasy Rider" / "Country Boy"
May 18, 1974, "Come Monday" / "Knee Deep" (Zac Brown Band featuring Buffett)
June 6, 1981, "Feels So Right" / "Old Alabama" (Brad Paisley featuring Alabama)
May 14, 1983 (the same week that the now-disbanded R.E.M. made its Billboard chart debut), "Fools Game" / "Jack Sparrow" (the Lonely Island featuring Bolton)
"If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say, avoiding worry, stress and tension," Burns once said.
"And, if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it."
'WELCOME' BACK: Another veteran artist, although quite different in musical style from Tony Bennett, makes an impressive return to the Billboard 200.
Rock legend Alice Cooper celebrates his highest-charting Billboard 200 title in 22 years, as "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" bows at No. 22. Cooper last ranked higher on the chart when "Trash" climbed to No. 20 in 1989, fueled by the No. 7 Hot 100 hit "Poison."
Cooper's best Billboard 200 showing remains his sole No. 1 set, 1973's "Billion Dollar Babies."
"Welcome 2" is the sequel album to Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," which reached No. 5 in 1975. The new collection includes a cameo by Ke$ha, who duets on "What Baby Wants."
"I met (Ke$ha) at the Grammys," Cooper told Billboard last month. "I immediately looked at her and went, 'This girl is not a pop diva. She's a rock singer.' She would much rather be the female Robert Plant than the next Britney Spears.
"There's a little bit of defiance in me. Even when my fans think they know what I'm gonna do, I'm like ... nobody's going to expect Ke$ha on my album so, great, let's do it."
COUNTRY RHODES: Kristin Chenoweth notches her best-charting album on the Billboard 200, as "Some Lessons Learned" opens at No. 50. The Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress/singer concurrently bows on Country Albums at No. 14, marking her first entry on the list.
The versatile Chenoweth has previously visited the Christian Albums chart ("As I Am"; No. 31, 2005) and Holiday Albums ("A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas"; No. 7, 2008).
Chenoweth's talents have found a wider audience thanks to her multiple guest appearances on Fox's "Glee," where she has portrayed the comical and big-voiced April Rhodes. She has appeared in a featured role on six Hot 100 hits by the "Glee" cast, led by the No. 51-peaking "Alone" in 2009.
'ROLL'-ING 'STONE': Mumford & Sons chalk up their third Alternative Songs top 10 from their debut album, "Sigh No More," as "Roll Away Your Stone" rises 11-10.
The song follows the No. 1 "Little Lion Man" and No. 3 follow-up "The Cave."
The quartet joins Cage the Elephant (2009-10) as the only acts to score three Alternative Songs top 10s from a debut album since the Killers managed the feat in 2004-05.
"Sigh" spends its record-extending 55th week at No. 1 on Billboard's Folk Albums chart.
ROX ON: Venerable Swedish pop duo Roxette makes its first appearance on Adult Contemporary since the No. 27-peaking "Wish I Could Fly" in 2000, as "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" tunes in at No. 30.
The song appears on the pair's first album since 2001, "Charm School." Released digitally in the U.S. in February, the set arrived at No. 1 on the German Albums chart in March. Roxette had last led a Billboard chart 10 years earlier, when "Room Service" topped the Sweden Albums list.
Roxette has now placed titles on the AC survey in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s, becoming the only duo to do so.
The twosome twice rose as high as No. 2 on AC, with first chart entry "Listen to Your Heart" in 1989 and "Pretty Woman" love ballad "It Must Have Been Love" in 1990.