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).