'DIRTY DANCING' ON THE CHARTS: When news broke this week about how the 1987 hit film "Dirty Dancing" was being remade, we were immediately reminded about what a phenomenon its soundtrack was on Billboard's charts.
The movie -- which will be remade by Lionsgate studios with its original choreographer Kenny Ortega directing -- spawned not one, but two soundtracks. The first spent a staggering 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1987-88. To put that in perspective, only 12 other albums have notched at least 18 weeks at No. 1 in history. (The title with with most weeks at No. 1 is the soundtrack to "West Side Story," with 54 frames atop the list.)
"Dirty," which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennfier Grey, went on to spawn a sequel soundtrack, appropriately titled "More Dirty Dancing." It peaked at No. 3 for five weeks in the spring of 1988.
Between April 23 and May 21 of that year, both "Dirty Dancing" and "More Dirty Dancing" were among the top three selling albums of each week. And, for most of the period between April and August of 1988, both soundtracks concurrently charted within the top 10.
The last time the two shared space in the top 10 was coincidentally nearly 23 years ago this week (Aug. 6, 1988), when "Dirty" and "More" were at Nos. 5 and 10, respectively.
Video: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from "Dirty Dancing"
The oldies-filled soundtracks also included a number of new songs, most of which became hits on the Bilboard Hot 100. They included Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (No. 1), Eric Carmen's "Hungry Eyes" (No. 4), Patrick Swayze featuring Wendy Fraser's "She's Like the Wind" (No. 3) and Merry Clayton's "Yes" (No. 45).
In 2004, the release of the soundtrack to the film's sequel, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," had a lesser chart impact. The title spent just 11 weeks on the chart and reached No. 46.
LAMBERT ARRIVES IN STYLE: Miranda Lambert packs up her bags and takes a trip straight onto the Country Songs chart at No. 33 with "Baggage Claim." With the debut, the Texas native logs her best ever entry on the chart. The single is the lead track from her fourth album, "Four the Record," due Nov. 1 on Columbia Records.
The No. 33 bow marks the highest entry on the Country Songs chart since George Strait's "Here for a Good Time" started at No. 29 on June 25 and the best for a woman since Taylor Swift's "Mine" climbed in at No. 26 on Aug. 21, 2010.
So far in 2011 there have been 11 singles that have strutted straight into the top 40 on the 60-position Country Songs chart:
Chart Date, Artist, Title, Debut
Feb. 19, Ronnie Dunn, "Bleed Red," No. 30
April 2, Martina McBride, "Teenage Daughters," No. 40
April 9, Trace Adkins, "Just Fishin'," No. 40
April 23, Blake Shelton, "Honey Bee," No. 31
May 21, Lady Antebellum, "Just a Kiss," No. 28
June 4, Brad Paisley Duet With Carrie Underwood, "Remind Me," No. 36
June 11, Scotty McCreery, "I Love You This Big," No. 32
June 25, George Strait, "Here For a Good Time," No. 29
June 25, Toby Keith, "Made in America," No. 39
July 2, Shania Twain, "Today Is Your Day," No. 40
Aug. 20, Miranda Lambert, "Baggage Claim"
"Baggage" immediately earns Lambert her 15th chart entry and 13th top 40 hit. She's so far collected four top 10 singles, including the No. 1s "The House That Built Me" (2010) and "Heart Like Mine" (2011).
DRAKE'S BIG MOVE: Drake's "Headlines," which previews his upcoming second full-length album "Take Care," makes news with a 98-38 leap on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The 60-spot jump is the chart's best-ever by a rapper and largest overall since Marvin Sapp's "The Best in Me" climbed 64 places to No. 14 on Feb. 13, 2010.
In the last 20 years, there have been 12 singles that have leaped at least 60 rungs in one week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The biggest jump belongs to "American Idol" winner Fantasia, who saw her coronation song "I Believe" vault 99-12 (an 87-position climb) on July 10, 2004.
WAYNE'S WORLD: Fountains of Wayne's new album "Sky Full Of Holes," its first new release since 2007, debuts at a career-high No. 37 on the Billboard 200. The pop/rock group has notched three earlier albums: "Welcome Interstate Managers" (No. 115 in 2003), "Out-of-State Plates" (No. 168 in 2005) and "Traffic and Weather" (No. 97 in 2007).
'GRIND' IS GREAT: Razor & Tie's new various artists compilation set "Slow Grind" opens at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums -- the highest rank in the chart's 46-year history for an album of prior R&B-only hits featuring various artists from a host of labels. That discounts sets like the "Now That's What I Call Music" compilations-which contained a mix of R&B, pop, rock and country-and label-specific compilations, tribute albums and artist-presented projects like "The Neptunes Present... Clones."