Weekly Chart Notes: Jeff Bridges, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan
BRIDGES' SPAN: Although Jeff Bridges makes his first visit to an array of Billboard album charts at age 61, he's hardly a newcomer to making music.
The actor/singer starts at No. 2 on Folk Albums, No. 5 on Rock Albums, No. 10 on Country Albums and No. 25 on the Billboard 200 with his self-titled second set.
Bridges released his first album, "Be Here Soon," in 2000 and has been enthralled by music for decades, having experimented with his brother Beau's guitar and other instruments as a teen.
His vast filmography has included musician roles, most notably that of Otis "Bad" Blake in 2009's "Crazy Heart" alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall. Bridges' beleaguered singer/songwriter character was based on Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson and won him his first Academy Award, for best actor.
Clearly, it wasn't all an act.
T-Bone Burnett produced Bridges' new album. The pair met when introduced by Kristofferson while he and Bridges were filming "Heaven's Gate" in 1980. Burnett and Bridges first teamed for the "Crazy Heart" soundtrack, which includes six songs featuring Bridges' vocals.
"We're here for such a short period of time," Bridges told Esquire earlier this year of his multi-media career turn. "Live like you're already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best.
"Let it all come ripping right through you."
SHE 'MOVES': Christina Aguilera ascends to her first Pop Songs top 10 since 2006, as Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," on which she guests, rolls 14-10. The song is her first top 10 on the tally since "Hurt" (No. 10) and marks her 12th overall. The only women with more top 10s are Rihanna (18), Mariah Carey (17) and Britney Spears, Madonna and P!nk (14 each).
On Adult Pop Songs, "Jagger" struts 11-8, granting Aguilera her highest rank at the format. "Beautiful" is her sole prior top 10 on the list (No. 9, 2003).
With the track's Adult Pop Songs advance, Maroon 5 notches its 11th top 10, tying the band with John Mayer and Nickelback for the third-best sum. Goo Goo Dolls lead with 14, followed by matchbox twenty (12).
'HAVANA' PARTY: As Kylie Minogue makes it four Dance Club Songs No. 1s in four tries from her "Aphrodite" album, a fellow veteran diva graces the chart for the first since 2001.
Gloria Estefan starts at No. 37 with "Wepa," the first single from "Miss Little Havana," due Sept. 27. The song marks her 23rd chart visit. Her first, "Dr. Beat" (credited to Miami Sound Machine), peaked at No. 17 on the ranking dated 27 years ago this week.
Five of Estefan's Dance/Club Play Songs entries have reached No. 1: "Tradicion" (two weeks, 1993), "Turn the Beat Around" (one week, 1994), "Everlasting Love" (two weeks, 1995), "Tres Deseos" (one week, 1996) and "Oye" (one week, 1998).
"Havana," Estefan's first studio album since 2003's "Unwrapped," teams the singer with hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams, who also collaborated with Latin star Shakira on her 2009 set "She Wolf."
"It's truly been a magical experience and a wonderfully natural process," Estefan Tweeted in April of working with Williams. She noted that the album will be "mostly English but bilingual in interesting ways."
NEW ADDITION: With a 12-8 rise for "In the Mood" on Billboard's Adult R&B radio airplay chart, Johnny Gill scores his fourth top 10 on the list and first since "Door #1" peaked at No. 5 in 1998. Gill releases his sixth studio album, and first since 1996, "Still Winning," Oct. 11.
"I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel," Gill recently told BET. "This is who I am. I'm not trying to be Ne-Yo, I'm not trying to be Usher. I'm happy and I love who I am.
"I love all types of music. I love the new artists, as well as the greats that have been here before or after me. [But] you have to know yourself."
Gill arrived as a member of New Edition, eventually replacing Bobby Brown as the group's lead vocalist. The act reunited in July at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. "I think it's no secret that we have internal problems. Most groups do. We're no different than any other brothers that go through the ups and downs.
"Watching and seeing the response that people had, it was incredible," Gill said of the performance.
"They realized the importance of New Edition."
CLASSIC(AL) ROCK: After the "Glee" cast notably put its vocal-intensive spin on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," the 1981 rock anthem reaches a Billboard chart in opposite fashion, as an instrumental take by Low Strung starts on Classical Digital Songs at No. 10.
Low Strung is an official undergraduate organization at Yale University, performing on-campus concerts annually, as well as touring. The cellists' shows cover AC/DC to Led Zeppelin, with inventive takes ranging from the Beatles to Beethoven.