Weekly Chart Notes: Pitbull, Jill Scott, Weird Al Yankovic
In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor Pablo Nelson of Berkeley, Calif., looked into "What else? ... artists with animal names that have reached No. 1 on the Hot 100.
"In terms of canine-related artist names that have led the chart," notes Nelson, "Pitbull joins Three Dog Night, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg ... and, 'Toto,' too."
With Nelson having doggedly searched each man's best friend to have topped the tally, here is an updated look at a zoo's worth of animal-inspired artists that have clawed their way to the top of the Hot 100 (with leeway allowed for alternate spellings):
The Teddy Bears ("To Know Him Is to Love Him," 1958)
The Chipmunks with David Seville ("The Chipmunk Song," 1958)
Marty Robbins ("El Paso," 1960)
The Beatles (20 No. 1s, 1964-70)
Herman's Hermits (two No. 1s, 1965)
The Byrds (two No. 1s, 1965)
The Monkees (three No. 1s, 1966-67)
The Turtles ("Happy Together," 1967)
Three Dog Night (four No. 1s, 1970-74)
The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones featuring David Cassidy ("I Think I Love You," 1970)
Eagles (five No. 1s, 1975-79)
John Cougar ("Jack & Diane," 1982)
Def Leppard ("Love Bites," 1988)
Seal ("Kiss From a Rose," 1995)
50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg ("21 Questions," 2003)
Jamie Foxx (two No. 1s, 2004-05)
Snoop Dogg (three No. 1s, 2006-10)
Owl City ("Fireflies," 2009)
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer ("Give Me Everything," 2011)
Honorable mentions to the Animals, who reigned with "The House of the Rising Sun" for three weeks in 1964; the Pet Shop Boys, who led with "West End Girls" in 1986; and the chart's two highest-flying "Jays": -Z and Sean. Jay-Z has tallied four No. 1s (1999-2009) and Jay Sean sent "Down" to the uppermost spot in 2009.
STARTIN' UP: Mick Jagger has been a force of late on Billboard charts.
Imagine if he actually released a song of his own.
Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, bursts in as the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 8. The band, led by "The Voice" coach Adam Levine, premiered the song, with fellow "Voice" coach Aguilera, in a live performance on the NBC series June 21.
"I've got the moves like Jagger!" Levine boasts in the song.
The song marks the Rolling Stone icon's latest mention in a Hot 100 top 10. Ke$ha name-checked him in her nine-week No. 1 "TiK ToK" last year: "We kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger!"
Two more odes to the legendary rocker could also soon chart. UK "The X Factor" alumnus Cher Lloyd recently released her debut single entitled "Swagger Jagger," while in "Loud Music," currently bubbling under Adult Pop Songs, Michelle Branch urges the object of her affection to "start me up, like a Rolling Stone."
With the arrival of "Moves," Jagger and the Rolling Stones join an elite list of groups and their solo members each whose names have appeared in Hot 100-charted song titles; Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" peaked at No. 2 in 1965.
The Carefrees sent "We Love You Beatles," for instance, to No. 39 in 1964. Just two months ago, Lil Wayne's "John," featuring Rick Ross, reached No. 22. "If I die today," the rappers recite on the latter track, "remember me like John Lennon."
The Beach Boys likewise have appeared in a Hot 100-charted song title (albeit, their own, "The Beach Boys Medley"; No. 12, 1981), while Barenaked Ladies reached No. 68 with "Brian Wilson" in 1998.
Expanding to other genres, it would be hard to beat the scope of tributes paid to one act, country supergroup the Highwaymen.
The band not only ruled Country Songs with "Highwayman" in 1985, but all four of its members have graced the chart in its title field.
David Allan Coe sang about two - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson - in his No. 25 1976 hit "Willie, Waylon and Me" (which laundry lists fellow legendary acts the Eagles, Byrds, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and Dylan).
The other two Highwaymen have inspired titles of more recent Country Songs hits. Jason Aldean rose to No. 6 with "Johnny Cash" in 2007, and Tim McGraw reached No. 16 with "Kristofferson," a paean to Kris Kristofferson, in 2008.
Jagger isn't content to let others bear sole responsibility for his name appearing on Billboard rankings. He could soon make his own chart return, as he's teamed with Damian Marley, A.R. Rahman, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone for the supergroup Superheavy.
The act is set to release its first album in September.
GREAT SCOTT: Jill Scott scores her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, as "The Light of the Sun" dawns at the summit.
While Scott debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 97 with "So in Love," featuring Anthony Hamilton, which spends a second week atop Billboard's Adult R&B airplay chart, she's never ranked higher than No. 43 on the Hot 100, a peak she achieved with her debut Hot 100 entry "A Long Walk" in 2001.
Scott joins Susan Boyle (2009-10), India.Arie (2006) and Judy Garland (1961) as the only women to top the Billboard 200 without ever having banked a top 40 Hot 100 hit.
(Asterisk to Yoko Ono, who was co-credited with John Lennon on the eight-week No. 1 album "Double Fantasy" in 1980-81. Ono's solo Hot 100 history consists solely of the No. 58 hit "Walking on Thin Ice" in 1981).
It's not a coincidence that Scott, Boyle and India.Arie - and even Garland five decades earlier - share the rare stat. Despite their lack of mainstream singles success, the four singers built their followings largely as adult-specific acts, catering to relatively mature audiences more inclined to purchase albums than singles.
Scott has collected 10 top 10s, including three No. 1s, on Adult R&B dating to her arrival in 2000.
HIGH AL-TITUDE: 28 years into his chart career, Weird Al Yankovic notches his highest-charting Billboard 200 album, as "Alpocalypse" starts at No. 9. (It enters Comedy Albums at No. 1).
The rank tops the No. 10 peak of his last set, 2006's "Straight Outta Lynwood," and his is fifth consecutive top 20 title. Yankovic first appeared on the list with his No. 139-peaking eponymous debut album in 1983.
"Alpocalypse" includes parodies of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" ("Party in the CIA"); B.o.B's "Nothin' on You," featuring Bruno Mars ("Another Tattoo"); and, Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" ("TMZ"). (All acts were born after Yankovic had first appeared on a Billboard survey).
Yankovic ribs Lady Gaga on first single "Perform This Way," a sendup of her "Born This Way," but she does gain a measure of revenge. Her former No. 1 album "Born This Way" places one spot above "Alpocalypse" on the Billboard 200 at No. 8.