Weekly Chart Notes: Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, Romeo Santos
THE LOVE OF 'GLORY': As previously reported, Lady Gaga blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3 with "The Edge of Glory."
The third single from "Born This Way," due Monday (May 23), follows the title cut, which spent its first six chart weeks at No. 1 beginning in February, and "Judas," which debuted and peaked at No. 10 last month.
"Glory" marks Lady Gaga's 10th consecutive song promoted to radio to reach the Hot 100's top 10, a streak that began with her introductory three-week No. 1 "Just Dance," featuring Colby O'Donis, from her debut album, "The Fame." The set subsequently yielded "Poker Face" (one week at No. 1), "LoveGame" (No. 5) and "Paparazzi" (No. 6).
Lady Gaga's follow-up EP, "The Fame Monster," generated "Bad Romance" (No. 2), "Telephone," featuring Beyonce (No. 3), and "Alejandro" (No. 5).
With her first 10 promoted singles having reached the Hot 100's top 10, Lady Gaga trails only Mariah Carey, by one title, for the longest such career-opening streak among women. Among all artists sporting lead credit (although including top 10s as featured acts), Lady Gaga boasts the fourth best such start:
13, Lionel Richie (1981-87)*
12, George Michael (1985-90)**
11, Mariah Carey (1990-94)
10, Lady Gaga (2008-11)+
9, New Kids on the Block (1988-90)
8, Ke$ha (2009-11)+
7, Air Supply (1980-82)
7, Taylor Dayne (1988-90)
7, Expose (1987-90)
7, Gary Lewis and the Playboys (1965-66)
7, the Lovin' Spoonful (1965-67)
7, Richard Marx (1987-89)
7, Monica (1995-99)
7, Ricky Nelson (1958-59)
*after departing the Commodores
**during and after Wham!
NOT SO IDLE: Aerosmith frontman and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler makes his first appearance on the Hot 100 as a solo artist, as "(It) Feels So Good" bows at No. 35. Aerosmith has charted 28 songs on the Hot 100, beginning with "Dream On" in 1973. (The band started at a higher rank only with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," which launched at No. 1 the week of Sept. 5, 1998).
With the new song's start, Tyler joins Michael Jackson as the only artists - combining group and solo entries - to have posted top 40 Hot 100 hits in each of the last five decades, beginning in the '70s.
Aerosmith tallied six top 40 titles in the '70s; five in the '80s; nine in the '90s; and, one ("Jaded") in 2001.
Jackson accomplished the feat when "Hold My Hand," featuring Akon, jumped 65-39 on the Jan. 1, 2011, chart. Including his output with the Jackson 5, Jackson notched top 40 hits from the '60s through the '10s; the group's debut single, "I Want You Back," ascended 51-27 (on its way to No. 1) the week of Dec. 6, 1969.
BOLTON'S BACK: Assisting the Lonely Island (and assuming the role of a disturbingly avid pirate-obsessed movie buff), Michael Bolton returns to the Hot 100, as "Jack Sparrow" debuts at No. 69.
The bow marks Bolton's first appearance on the chart since "Go the Distance" (No. 21, 1997) and his 19th overall, dating to the debut of "Fool's Game," which peaked at No. 82 28 years ago this week.
Prior to his new chart entry, Bolton's last 14 Hot 100 entries reached the top 40. He's notched seven top 10s, including the No. 1s "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (three weeks, 1990) and "When a Man Loves a Woman" (one week, 1991).
Bolton serves up 12 more collaborations on "The Duets Collection," due June 21. The set includes pairings with Rascal Flatts and Seal.
WONDER-FUL NEWS: With six debuts, the cast of Fox's "Glee" extends its record to 148 career Hot 100 entries.
The troupe's highest bow this week, its cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" at No. 29, marks its first charted cover of a song atop that week's survey; the original version logs a second week at No. 1.
With "Deep" and the "Glee" cast's remake of Abba's 1977 No. 1 "Dancing Queen" (No. 74), the ensemble has now returned 45 Hot 100 leaders to the survey.
At No. 65, the "Glee" gang brings one of Stevie Wonder's signature songs to the Hot 100 for the first time. "Isn't She Lovely" reached No. 23 on Adult Contemporary in 1977, but, since it was never released as a commercial single, it was not eligible for inclusion on the Hot 100.
Wonder released "Lovely" on his double-album "Songs in the Key of Life," but the now-classic song, an ode to his then-newborn daughter Aisha, remained an album cut. The set produced two Hot 100 No. 1s, "I Wish" and "Sir Duke," plus "Another Star" (No. 32) and "As" (No. 36).
WODS (103.3)/Boston DJ Barry Scott notes that the Tamla label considered releasing "Lovely" as the fifth single from "Life," but, as the album had performed so well - its 14 weeks atop the Billboard 200 marked the longest reign for an album by a male artist in the '70s; the RIAA has certified it 10x Platinum - that it instead began focusing on Wonder's next full-length project.
LEADING LADIES: Newlywed Miranda Lambert scores her second No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Heart Like Mine" ascends 2-1. (Her husband Blake Shelton simultaneously collects his 12th top 10, as "Honey Bee" buzzes 12-9).
As "Heart" pushes Sara Evans' "A Little Bit Stronger" to No. 3 after two weeks at the summit, women have topped Country Songs consecutively for the first time since Taylor Swift's "Love Story" replaced Carrie Underwood's "Just a Dream" at the penthouse in November 2008.
Swift and Underwood had also teamed for the prior all-female No. 1 handoff. Swift's "Our Song" began a six-week command in December 2007 after Underwood's "So Small" had led for three frames. Before then, no solo woman had succeeded another at No. 1 since Jo Dee Messina's "Stand Beside Me" supplanted Martina McBride's "Wrong Again" in January 1999.
WHERE ART THOU, ROMEO?: Romeo Santos soars onto Latin Songs at No. 1 with "You," marking just the 10th title, and first introductory single, to open atop the chart.
"You," the lead track from the Aventura lead singer's forthcoming debut solo album, "Formula," likewise becomes the seventh song to launch at No. 1 on Tropical Airplay and the first since 2006.
With Aventura, Santos has placed 11 titles on Latin Songs, including nine top 10s and two No. 1s: "Por Un Segundo" (two weeks, 2009) and "Dile Al Amor" (nine weeks, 2010).
CHART BEAT BITS: While Miguel earns his first R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 with "Sure Thing," Usher logs a 71st week on the chart with his former leader "There Goes My Baby" (No. 50). The sum matches Usher's longest residence, tallied with his first No. 1, "You Make Me Wanna..." (1997-98). Among men, only K'Jon's "On the Ocean" has remained on the list longer (73 weeks), while Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" holds the chart's all-time longevity mark (75 weeks, 2005-07) ...
Two veterans make triumphant returns to the Billboard 200. Late legend Roy Orbison's "Opus Collection" bows at No. 65, marking his highest rank since "Mystery Girl" reached No. 5 in 1989. As "The Road From Memphis" starts at No. 85, Booker T. Jones posts his best showing since "Melting Pot," with the MG's, peaked at No. 43 in 1971. The new set sports such guests such as Lou Reed and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" house band the Roots ...
Sublime With Rome roars onto Alternative Songs and Rock Songs at Nos. 16 and 23, respectively, with "Panic," the lead single from the restructured band's album "Yours Truly," due July 12. Following the death of former lead singer Bradley Nowell, Sublime charted four Alternative Songs hits in 1996-97, including the No. 1 "What I Got" ...
Andy Grammer bounds 14-10 on Adult Pop Songs with his debut track "Keep Your Head Up." The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter is the first new male artist to reach the chart's top 10 on his first try since Josh Kelley rose to No. 8 with "Amazing" in 2003. The "Keep" video features actor Rainn Wilson (an unsurprising casting decision, as adult pop music has long been the format of choice in the office).