Weekly Chart Notes: Mick Jagger, the Muppets, Adele
JAGGER-NAUT: Like a Rolling Stone, Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While the coronation causes celebration for the band and Aguilera, it likewise adds new levels of Billboard chart history to the discography of the subject of the ode, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
Not that Aguilera's return to the top isn't notable, as well. Her gap of 10 years, three months and one week between reaching No. 1 with "Jagger" and her last leader, "Lady Marmalade" (with Lil' Kim, Mya and P!nk), in 2001 ends the longest break between leading the list since her "Burlesque" co-star Cher set the Hot 100 record for longest span between No. 1s in 1999, when "Believe" ended a 25-year, two-week hiatus following her reign with "Dark Lady" in 1974.
As for Jagger, however, let's spend (some time) together looking at how his chart legacy is enhanced courtesy of the Hot 100's new No. 1.
As "Jagger" jumps to No. 1, the real-life Jagger becomes the first artist to have ruled the Hot 100 and be name-checked in the title of a topper by another act. (That's not even counting the Temptations' 1972 No. 1 "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," since it doesn't refer to the band specifically). The Stones scored eight No. 1s in 1965-78.
Jagger additionally joins the select company of three icons as the only musicians named in the titles of Hot 100 No. 1s.
Here is an updated look at the feted foursome:
Ludwig van Beethoven
"A Fifth of Beethoven," Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band, 1976
"Sir Duke," Stevie Wonder, 1977
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Rock Me Amadeus," Falco, 1986
"Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, 2011
"Approaching 50 years since he began recording music, and 47 years after his first Hot 100 chart appearance, there is no hotter name to drop in lyrics these days than Mick Jagger," writes Chart Beat reader Patrick Kelly of Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
"The legendary rocker was previously mentioned in Ke$ha's 2010 chart-topper 'TiK ToK': 'We kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger!'
"Jagger is additionally the title subject of the recent UK No. 1 'Swagger Jagger' by 'X Factor' graduate Cher Lloyd and has been mentioned in three other Hot 100 top 10s in the past four years: the Black Eyed Peas' 'The Time (Dirty Bit)' (No. 4, 2010); Jay-Z and T.I.'s 'Swagga Like Us,' featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne (No. 5, 2008); and, Shop Boyz' 'Party Like a Rockstar' (No. 2, 2007)," Kelly adds.
"Jagger was also mentioned as far back as 1989 in the lyrics of the No. 3 rap classic "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc: 'Cold coolin' at a bar, and I'm lookin' for some action / But, like Mick Jagger said, I can't get no satisfaction.'
"With this kind of publicity, who knows? Maybe this guy has a future in music."
GIVE 'EM A HAND: Perhaps it's finally a bit easier being green.
More than 50 years after their creation by the imaginative Jim Henson (who passed away in 1990), a Muppet-branded album reaches the Billboard 200's top 10 at last, as "Muppets: The Green Album" launches at No. 8.
With sales of 30,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the compilation also starts atop the Rock, Alternative and Kid Albums charts.
As the Muppet franchise notches its highest Billboard 200 showing and its first overall appearance in 19 years, here is a look at the seven Muppet-branded albums to reach the chart:
Peak Position, Title, Debut Year
No. 8, "Muppets: The Green Album," 2011
No. 26, "A Christmas Together" (John Denver & the Muppets), 1979
No. 32, "The Muppet Movie" (movie soundtrack), 1979
No. 53, "The Muppet Show" (television soundtrack), 1978
No. 66, "The Great Muppet Caper" (movie soundtrack), 1981
No. 189, "The Muppet Alphabet Album," 1971
No. 189, "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (movie soundtrack), 1992
"Green" sports covers of Muppets classics, including Weezer and Paramore's Hayley Williams' cover of "Rainbow Connection," originally a No. 25 Billboard Hot 100 hit for Kermit, aka Henson, in 1979. (Thus, a song once sung by a river, by Kermit in "The Muppet Movie," is now sung by a Rivers: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo).
The Fray, Evanescence's Amy Lee, My Morning Jacket, Matt Nathanson and OK Go also appear on the album.
The collection arrives ahead of "The Muppets," the troupe's first theatrical release in 12 years, due in theaters Nov. 23. A soundtrack will accompany the film, whose plot finds Jason Segel and Amy Adams' characters staging a telethon to save the Muppet Theater from an oil tycoon, played by Academy Award winner Chris Cooper.
Musicians Selena Gomez and Dave Grohl are among the celebrities who make cameos in the movie.
Adult Contemporary WDEF (Sunny 92.3)/Chattanooga, Tenn., is the only station among the more than 1,200 monitored by Nielsen BDS for the Hot 100 that played the new version of "Rainbow Connection" multiple times (six) in the Aug. 24-30 chart tracking week. (Kenny Loggins and Sarah McLachlan have also interpreted the gentle ballad over the years).
"Considering the wide influence of the Muppets and the upcoming movie making for a Muppet revival, we felt that it would be important for our audience to reconnect with the memories and emotions that have infused their lives throughout the Muppet age," says WDEF station manager Danny Howard.
"Plus, Weezer and Hayley Williams' performance is beyond incredible.
"We're planning a movie promotion surrounding the film and feel that the song can enhance the warm and 'fuzzy' feelings of fall (sorry for the Muppet pun) and make them last into the holiday season."
JUST DUET: Brad Paisley collects his 18th No. 1 and Carrie Underwood her 11th on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as the superstar collaboration "Remind Me" ascends 2-1.
Dating to Paisley's first week at No. 1 with "He Didn't Have to Be" (Dec. 11, 1999), his 18 leaders are the most among all acts, besting Kenny Chesney's 17 in that span.
The reign of "Remind" recalls an era when male/female duets were more common atop Country Songs. As the song is the second such No. 1 duet this year following Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's three-week No. 1 "Don't You Wanna Stay," 2011 is the first year that the chart has featured two his-and-hers No. 1s since 1988. That year, then-husband and wife Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash's "It's Such a Small World" topped the April 30 tally and Earl Thomas Conley and Emmylou Harris' "We Believe in Happy Endings" culminated in a No. 1 rank the week of Oct. 1.
Two years earlier, three male/female duets ruled Country Songs: "Makin' Up for Lost Time" by Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris (Feb. 15, 1986); "Both to Each Other (Friends & Lovers)" by Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton (Oct. 11); and, "You're Still New to Me" by Marie Osmond and Paul Davis (Nov. 22).
GREAT DAYNE: Birthday girl (Sunday, Sept. 4) and expectant mom Beyonce banks her 16th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, as "Best Thing I Never Had" rises 2-1. The advance ties her with Kristine W for third-most leaders after Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson (19).
Bookending the chart, Taylor Dayne returns at No. 50 with "Floor on Fire." If the veteran diva can climb to the top 10 with her new single, she'll continue her perfect streak of reaching the top tier with every song she's placed on the survey.
Dayne's (nee, Leslie Wunderman) first 14 chart visits between 1987 and 2008 resulted in top 10 finishes, with three hitting No. 1: "Prove Your Love" (1988), "Planet Love" (2000) and "Beautiful" (2008).
A LOT TO 'LIKE': As Adele's "Someone Like You" rockets 34-19 on the Hot 100 following her stark rendition of the song on Sunday's (Aug. 28) MTV Video Music Awards, the haunting ballad charges onto Adult Contemporary at No. 18.
The start marks the chart's highest arrival by a lead female with a non-holiday song since Faith Hill's "There You'll Be" began at No. 15 the week of June 2, 2001. The lofty launch of "Like" bodes well for Adele: Hill's song went on to spent 12 weeks at No.1.
IN THE HOUSE: Hugh Laurie, star of Fox's medical drama "House, M.D.," debuts at No. 5 on Blues Digital Songs with "Police Dog Blues." The track previews the British actor's blues album "Let Them Talk," due Tuesday (Sept. 6).
The "House" eighth-season premiere follows Monday, Oct. 3.
STORM TRACKING: When you're stuck inside during a hurricane, apparently you buy music on your computer (if you still have power).
After Hurricane Irene beat its brutal path up the eastern U.S. over the weekend, Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane" sold 5,000, up 184%, according to SoundScan. On Blues Digital Songs, Leadbelly debuts at No. 19 with "Goodnight Irene."
(Here's hoping that all reading Chart Beat on the East Coast made it through the storm safely and with as little property damage - hopefully none - as possible).