Weekly Chart Notes: Kelly Clarkson, the Beatles, George Strait
BIG 'MR.' STUFF: Kelly Clarkson roars onto the Billboard Hot 100, as "Mr. Know It All" launches as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 18.
An impressive debut, certainly. But, just where does the song rank among other like-prefixed titles?
Let's see where that overconfident "Mr. Know It All" ranks upon his arrival. Here is a look at the highest-charting songs in the Hot 100's history that begin with "Mr.," as ranked by peak position:
Peak Position, Title, Artist, Year
No. 1 (one week), "Mr. Tambourine Man," the Byrds, 1965
No. 1 (one week), "Mr. Lonely," Bobby Vinton, 1964
No. 1 (one week), "Mr. Custer," Larry Verne, 1960
No. 1 (one week), "Mr. Blue," the Fleetwoods, 1959
No. 2, "Mr. Big Stuff," Jean Knight, 1971
No. 3, "Mr. Roboto," Styx, 1983
No. 4, "Mr. Jaws," Dickie Goodman, 1975
No. 6, "Mr. Wendal," Arrested Development, 1993
No. 9, "Mr. Bojangles," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 1971
No. 10, "Mr. Brightside," the Killers, 2005
No. 12, "Mr. Telephone Man," New Edition, 1985
No. 16, "Mr. Bass Man," Johnny Cymbal, 1963
No. 17, "Mr. Vain," Culture Beat, 1994
No. 17, "Mr. Dieingly Sad," the Critters, 1966
No. 18 (to-date), "Mr. Know It All," Kelly Clarkson, 2011
No. 18, "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon," Paul Revere & the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay, 1969
Honorable mention to Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones." As it was not available as a commercial single, it was, thus, per chart rules at the time, ineligible to appear on the Hot 100. Still, it rose to No. 2 on Alternative Songs and No. 5 on Radio Songs in 1994.
"Mr. Know It All" isn't even the only title starting with "Mr." on this week's Hot 100. Alexandra Stan's "Mr. Saxobeat" shimmies 36-33 in its ninth week on the chart.
And, Clarkson is now offering a balance in the battle of the sexes. Prior to "Mr. Know It All," she rose to No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 2003 with "Miss Independent."
FAB 4: What a confusing year on the Billboard 200.
First, "4" was No. 1.
Now, "1" is No. 4.
As Beyonce's former leader "4" drops 7-9 this week, the Beatles' 2000 retrospective "1" re-enters at No. 4 after it was made available for the first time in the iTunes Store. Now in its 114th chart week, "1" spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2000-01.
The return of "1" marks the Beatles' first week in the top 10 since the No. 4-peaking "Love" spent its seventh and final week in the top tier the week of Jan. 27, 2007.
With the re-entry of "1," the Beatles extend their top 10 span on the Billboard 200 to 47 years, seven months and two weeks, dating to the 92-3 blast of "Meet the Beatles" the week of Feb. 8, 1964. Their top 10 stretch becomes the longest among groups, as the band wrests the mantle from the Rolling Stones. Having last ranked in the upper bracket with "Exile on Main St." the week of June 12, 2010, the Stones' top 10 span is 45 years and six months.
A further measure of how long the Beatles have been enthralling fans? Here is a look at the names that shared space with them their first week in the Billboard 200's uppermost reaches (when "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reigned as their first Hot 100 No. 1):
No. 1, the Singing Nun, "The Singing Nun"
No. 2, Peter, Paul & Mary, "In the Wind"
No. 3, the Beatles, "Meet the Beatles"
No. 4, Beach Boys, "Little Deuce Coupe
No. 5, (spoken word), "The Week That Was, the British Broadcasting Corporation's Tribute to John Fitzgerald Kennedy"
Comparatively, here are the artists that stand tall alongside the band this week (an additional 19 Hot 100 No. 1s later):
No. 1, Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter IV"
No. 2, Adele, "21"
No. 3, George Strait, "Here for a Good Time"
No. 4, the Beatles, "1"
No. 5, Red Hot Chili Peppers, "I'm With You"
While music changes (from the Singing Nun to Lil Wayne, a rapper who, until recently, did how much singing? Almost none), reverence for the Beatles remains a rock era constant.
STRAIT TO THE TOP: George Strait scores his 24th No. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart, as "Here for a Good Time" parties in at the penthouse.
With the lofty launch, Strait extends his record for most No. 1s in the chart's 48-year history:
24, George Strait
15, Merle Haggard
15, Willie Nelson
12, Garth Brooks
12, Alan Jackson
12, Tim McGraw
12, Buck Owens
12, Charley Pride
On Country Songs, where the title cut from Strait's new set, which climbs 9-8, marks his 84th top 10 (the second-best sum after Eddy Arnold's 92), Blake Shelton bows at No. 57 with "Footloose," an update of Kenny Loggins' 1984 Hot 100 No. 1.
The cover previews the forthcoming remake of the film of the same name, due in theaters Oct. 14. Newcomer Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough cut loose in the new version, starring alongside Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid.
"I can promise 'Footloose' fans that I will be true to the spirit of the original film," says the movie's director, Craig Brewer.
"But, I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011."
JUST LIKE JESSIE J: Last week, Jessie J re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 79 with "Who You Are." The set returned after the British pop singer (born Jessica Cornish) served as house artist at the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 28.
This week, a similarly-monikered act tops a Billboard chart.
Saxophonist Jessy J nets her first No. 1 on Contemporary Jazz Albums, starting atop the list with her third album, "Hot Sauce."
Jessy J was born Jessica Spinella in Portland, Ore.
What does her single-letter last name stand for? What else? Jazz.
JUST FOR 'KICKS': Dancing and kicks have a history of incompatibility. Fifteen years after Elaine Benes tried mixing the two (unsuccessfully) at J. Peterman's holiday party on "Seinfeld," however, they're not so mutually exclusive.
After Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" last week became the first Alternative Songs No. 1 to reach the Rhythmic airplay chart since Crazy Town's "Butterfly" in 2001, the song's crossover continues. The track becomes the eight-year-old Dance Airplay chart's first No. 1 to have topped Alternative. Not one of the tally's prior 143 leaders holds that distinction.
The group's lead singer, Mark Foster, appears to have foreseen the song's multi-format appeal.
"'Pumped Up Kicks' is one of those songs that blends something really familiar with something that's very modern," he told Billboard in May.
"It's a song where you could lay on the couch and listen to it or you can get up and dance around the room to it."