Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Eddie Vedder, Kristine W
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.
KRISTINE SIXTEEN: Kristine W scores her 16th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Fade" lifts 2-1. With the ascension, the singer passes Mariah Carey for third-most leaders in the chart's 35-year history; only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson (19) have more.
"Fade" makes additional history by becoming Kristine W's sixth Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1 as a lead artist from her 2009 album "The Power of Music," making the set the first in the chart's archives to yield that many toppers.
(The album also includes Tony Moran's 2007 No. 1 "Walk Away," on which she guests).
Kristine W - the initial standing for her last name, Weitz - first commanded Dance/Club Play Songs this week in 1994 with her introductory entry, "Feel What You Want." Her chart-topping track record is almost perfect: of her 17 titles to reach the tally, all but one has reigned. (Only "I'll Be Your Light" fell shy of the summit, reaching No. 2 in 2006).
Here is a look at the artists with the most No. 1s since Dance/Club Play Songs launched as a national survey the week of Aug. 28, 1976.
Total No. 1, Artist, No. 1 Span
40, Madonna, 1983-2009
19, Janet Jackson, 1986-2010
16, Kristine W, 1994-2011
15, Mariah Carey, 1991-2009
14, Beyonce, 2003-10
14, Rihanna, 2005-10
14, Donna Summer, 1976-2010
13, Whitney Houston, 1987-2009
10, Deborah Cox, 1996-2009
10, Pet Shop Boys, 1986-2009
"I am so honored to be in the company of these amazing (artists)," Kristine W told Chart Beat when "The Power of Music" became her 15th Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1 last year.
"Having a mom who was a young widow, raising four children as a full-time working musician, I saw her focus, as well as the underbelly of the business side.
"I've built a fan base one show at a time over years. It has given me a career and fans that feel like my family."
KIDS STUFF: A week after New Kids on the Block returned to the Billboard 200 with "NKOTSB," with Backstreet Boys, at No. 7, one of its members debuts on his own.
Jordan Knight's "Unfinished" arrives at No. 49. He had previously appeared on the survey as a solo act with his self-titled debut set, which debuted and peaked at No. 29 in 1999.
He had last ranked on a U.S. Billboard chart when "Say Goodbye," a duet with Deborah Gibson, reached No. 24 on Adult Contemporary in 2006.
With "NKOTBSB" at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 in its second frame, a solo New Kid on the Block has charted alongside the group for the first time in more than two decades.
This week in 1990, Donnie Wahlberg bowed on the Hot 100 as a guest on Seiko's "The Right Combination," while New Kids on the Block soared 8-4 (on their way to a three-week residence at No. 1) with "Step By Step." Wahlberg's only solo chart entry peaked at No. 54 the week of July 21, 1990.
'NO' GO: Sara Evans debuts on Country Songs at No. 54 with "My Heart Can't Tell You No," an update of Rod Stewart's No. 4 Hot 100 hit from 1989. The song follows "A Little Bit Stronger," her first No. 1 on the list since 2005.
"No" isn't the first Stewart cover to grace Country Songs. Susan Ashton sent "Faith of the Heart" to No. 51 in 1999, a week before Stewart's version peaked at No. 3 on Adult Contemporary.
"No" is also not Evans' first cover of an '80s ballad by a male pop/rock act. On her 2000 album "Born to Fly," she revisited Bruce Hornsby and the Range's No. 14 Hot 100 hit from 1987, "Every Little Kiss."
Evans also reached No. 2 on Country Songs in 2001 with her version of Edwin McCain's No. 3 AC hit from 1999, "I Could Not Ask for More."