Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Def Leppard, George Strait
CHART ROYALTY: By notching a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" passes Lulu's five-week 1967 leader "To Sir With Love" and trails only Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" for most frames tallied at the summit among songs by British-born solo women.
(It's a fitting honor for a song that borrows from British vernacular. Adele, born in Tottenham, North London, describes "Deep" as an "adaptation of a kind of slang, slur phrase in the U.K. called 'roll deep,' which means to ... always have someone that has your back, and you're never on your own").
Here is a look at the songs by British-born solo female artists to spend the most time atop the Hot 100:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Year
10 weeks, "Physical," Olivia Newton-John, 1981
6 weeks, "Rolling in the Deep," Adele, 2011
5 weeks, "To Sir With Love," Lulu, 1967
4 weeks, "Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis, 2008
4 weeks, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," Kiki Dee (duet with Elton John), 1976
Adele likewise continues her domination on the Billboard 200.
As parent album "21" returns for a 10th week atop the album survey, Adele extends her lead for longest reign atop the list among sets by British-born solo women.
How does the chart-topping longevity of "21" rank among Billboard 200 No. 1s by all-British acts? Here is a recap of the longest-leading such collections dating to the chart's launch as a weekly survey March 24, 1956:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Year
15 weeks, "The Wall," Pink Floyd, 1980
15 weeks, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the Beatles, 1967
14 weeks, "A Hard Day's Night," the Beatles (soundtrack), 1964
12 weeks, "Faith," George Michael, 1988
11 weeks, "Abbey Road," the Beatles, 1969
11 weeks, "Meet the Beatles," the Beatles, 1964
10 weeks, "21," Adele, 2011
10 weeks, "Frampton Comes Alive!," Peter Frampton, 1976
10 weeks, "Elton John - Greatest Hits," Elton John, 1974
"21" (which, with 2.2 million sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, is the top-selling album in the U.S. this year) includes an ode to a fellow British act.
Adele's cover of the Cure's "Lovesong," a No. 2 Hot 100 hit for the band in 1989, breaks into the top 20 (22-19) on Billboard's Jazz Songs chart.
LEPPARD SPOTS: Def Leppard likewise represents the U.K. well, as "Mirrorball: Live & More," the rock band's first live album in a career spanning more than 30 years, bows on the Billboard 200 at No. 16.
Released on Mailboat Records, home to (former Billboard Nashville bureau chief) Jimmy Buffett, the set also marks Def Leppard's first independent effort. The album begins on the Independent Albums chart at No. 5.
A Def Leppard album hasn't missed the Billboard 200's top 20 since the group's second release, "High 'n' Dry," peaked at No. 38 in 1981. (The band's debut, "On Through the Night," reached No. 51 in 1980). Beginning with "Pyromania," which spent two weeks at No. 2 in 1983, Def Leppard has sent 12 consecutive albums into the top 20.
The band has scored two No. 1s: "Hysteria" (six weeks, 1988) and follow-up "Adrenalize" (five weeks, 1992).
ANTHEM THERE WERE TWO: In the Hot 100's first 52 years, no songs with the word "anthem" in their titles reached the top 10. This month, two such songs have reached the chart's top tier.
LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, jumps 6-3 on the Hot 100 with Airplay Gainer honors, while Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" rumbles 23-9 with the chart's Digital Gainer tag.
Here is a look at all the titles sporting the word "anthem" to appear on the Hot 100, ranked by peak position:
Peak Pos. Title, Artist, Year
No. 3, "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, 2011
No. 9, "Dirt Road Anthem," Jason Aldean, 2011
No. 15, "Player's Anthem," Junior M.A.F.I.A., 1995
No. 36, "The Anthem," Pitbull featuring Lil Jon, 2008
No. 43, "The Anthem," Good Charlotte, 2003
No. 65, "Anthem," Wayne Newton, 1973
No. 70, "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)," UGK featuring OutKast, 2007
No. 94, "Ruff Ryder's Anthem," DMX, 1999
(The U.S. national anthem has charted twice, as "The Star Spangled Banner," by Jose Feliciano (No. 50, 1968) and Whitney Houston (No. 6, 2001).
STRAIT TALK: 116 chart entries into his Country Songs career, George Strait scores his second-highest debut, as "Here for a Good Time" bows at No. 29. The song previews Strait's next album, due this fall.
Strait has started at a higher slot only with "I Saw God Today," which opened at No. 19 the week of Feb. 23, 2008, on its way to a two-week reign at No. 1 that May.
Where do 116 Country Songs hits place Strait among all artists for most chart appearances? Here is a recap of the icons who have made the most visits to the survey in its 67-year history:
Total Chart Entries, Artist
166, George Jones
143, Eddy Arnold
135, Johnny Cash
122, Willie Nelson
116, George Strait
106, Dolly Parton
106, Ray Price
104, Hank Williams Jr.
100, Merle Haggard
Strait leads all acts with 44 Country Songs No. 1s. His first topper, "Fool Heart Memory," debuted 29 years ago this Sunday (June 19, 1982).
TRAIN TRIP: Rising 12-10, Train's "Save Me, San Francisco" becomes the Adult Pop Songs chart's fourth specifically Golden State-themed top 10. Beth Hart sent "L.A. Song" to No. 7 in 2000, followed by Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California" (No. 5, 2006) and Katy Perry's "California Gurls" (No. 1, 2010).
(Honorable mention to a song that references another San Francisco treat: the Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)," which reached No. 2 in 2006).
CHART BEAT BITS: Foster the People becomes the first act this year to top Alternative Songs on its first try, as "Pumped Up Kicks" rises 2-1. In 2010, six acts reigned with their first Alternative Songs entries, matching 1997 for most rookie No. 1s ...
Bono makes his third solo appearance on an airplay chart, as "Rise Above 1," on which he and fellow U2 member the Edge assist "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" star Reeve Carney, enters Triple A at No. 21. Bono previously guested on Kirk Franklin's "Lean on Me," also featuring Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Crystal Lewis and the Family (No. 2, Adult R&B, 1998), and the Corrs on "When the Stars Go Blue" (No. 11, Triple A; No. 18, Adult Pop Songs, 2002) ...
"The Voice" contestant Dia Frampton's cover of Kanye West's "Heartless" debuts at No. 78 on the Hot 100, marking the show's second track to make the survey. Javier Colon's remake of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" spent a week at No. 65 last month ...
Shakira scores her 25th Latin Pop Songs top 10, as "Rabiosa" rises 13-9, extending her lead for most top 10s among women over Ednita Nazario (17). The jump ties Shakira with Ricky Martin for fourth-most top 10s behind Enrique Iglesias (31), Cristian Castro (30) and Luis Miguel (29) ...
Dani Shay's not only got talent, but she's also got a Billboard chart hit. Her "What the Hell" debuts on Comedy Digital Tracks at No. 11 after she performed the parody of Justin Bieber's "Baby" on NBC's "America's Got Talent" June 8. The cut goofs on the singers' stark resemblance to each other. "Everywhere I go, little girls and even grown men are like, 'You look like that singer Justin Bieber. You've never heard of him?' " says the 22-year-old Shay. "So, finally, I had to literally look him up on the computer. His face pops up and I stare like, 'What? He looks just like me. What is this?' It kinda tripped me out a bit."