Finalists for the Billboard Music Awards 2011
LADY GAGA IS A FINALIST IN 12 CATEGORIES
Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Touring Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Pop Artist, Top Pop Album, Top Streaming Song (Video), Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Dance/Electronic Song (2x), Top Dance/Electronic Album (3x)

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!
+active streak

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.

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