ROCK AND 'ROLLING': By spending a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is the longest-reigning No. 1 sung by a woman and to have appeared in the top 15 of a Billboard rock chart since another rocking "Roll" song - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock & Roll" - more than 29 years ago.
Prior to its Hot 100 command, "Deep" spent 14 weeks atop the Triple A adult alternative airplay tally (the most for a song by a woman in the chart's history) and reached No. 15 on Rock Songs.
The song's multi-format appeal - it concurrently climbs 100-82 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - has helped parent album "21" become the year's top-selling set, with sales of 2.1 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its February release.
Dating to the launch of the first Billboard rock songs chart the week of March 21, 1981, only two other Hot 100 No. 1s by women have tallied longer reigns and inked top 15 rock chart runs.
Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" spent its first of nine weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated May 16, 1981. The song peaked at No. 5 on Mainstream Rock.
The week of March 20, 1982, "I Love Rock & Roll" began a seven-week Hot 100 reign. The song held the top spot on Mainstream Rock for five frames.
The Hot 100 domination of "Deep" bests that of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," which spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and one week atop Alternative Songs in 1990.
"With the phenomenon that is Adele, there are no labels," says WRXP (101.9)/New York program director Leslie Fram. The alternative station played "Deep" 28 times in the May 30-June 5 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS. (Eight other New York stations also spun the song in that period, from pop outlets WXRK (119 plays) and WHTZ (113) and adult signals WPLJ (49), WWFS (39) and WLTW (30) to dance-formatted WKTU, which played it in remixed form 78 times).
"Listeners know great music, not 'formats'," says Fram.
"Deep" is the first Hot 100 No. 1 sung by a female artist and to have appeared in the top 15 of a rock chart since Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories' "Stay (I Missed You)" led for three weeks and climbed to No. 7 on Alternative Songs in 1994.
OFF HE GOES: Not that male rock artists aren't enjoying their own success.
Eddie Vedder notches his first solo Billboard No. 1s, as "Ukulele Songs" bows atop Folk Albums and "Water on the Road" opens at No. 1 on Music Video Sales.
"Ukulele Songs" begins on the Billboard 200 at No. 4, marking his second solo outing. The "Into the Wild" soundtrack debuted and peaked at No. 11 in 2007.
Charting with Pearl Jam since Nov. 2, 1991, when "Ten" entered Heatseekers Albums at No. 38, Vedder first reigned when the band's "Vs." launched at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 6, 1993.