MARS INVASION: Despite apparently having forsaken his dream of being a billionaire to "(lounge) on the couch, just chilling in (his) Snuggie," Bruno Mars continues to achieve rare chart success.
The pop singer/songwriter posts his fifth top 10 radio single on the Hot 100 from the start of his career, as "The Lazy Song" advances 11-6. He previously reached the top tier as guest vocalist on B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" (No. 1, two weeks) and Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" (No. 4) and with his own "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade" (No. 1, four weeks each).
Mars' streak of career-opening top 10 singles is the longest by a previously uncharted solo male since Richard Marx linked seven in 1987-89. Marx shares the record among previously undiscovered male artists with Ricky Nelson, whose first seven Hot 100 charted titles (including the list's first No. 1, "Poor Little Fool") peaked in the top 10 in 1958-59.
Two male soloists with prior group histories have struck out on their own with longer top 10 streaks: Lionel Richie, 13 (after he departed the Commodores), and George Michael, 12 (during and after Wham!)
'WORLD' NEWS: Beyonce debuts at No. 33 on the Hot 100 with "Run the World (Girls)." The first single from her upcoming fourth studio album marks the second-highest debuting of her 23 chart entries as a lead artist. Only "Ring the Alarm" (No. 12, Sept. 23, 2006) began at a higher rank. (Still, the song fell short of the top 10, peaking at No. 11 the following week).
"World" bows at No. 41 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where Beyonce has gotten off to a better start as a lead artist only with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," which charged in at No. 20 (Oct. 25, 2008) and eventually spent 12 weeks at No. 1.
Originally a No. 18 Hot 100 hit for Bonnie Raitt in 1992, the ballad - co-written by country singer and former NFL defensive lineman Mike Reid - had charted once before on Adult R&B; Boyz II Men's version rose to No. 21 in December 2009.
One other version of "I Can't Make You Love Me" has graced a Billboard R&B survey. Nancy Wilson's interpretation reached No. 87 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 1994.
The cover marks Tank's 10th appearance on Adult R&B. His first, "Maybe I Deserve," peaked at No. 5 on the chart dated exactly 10 years ago today (April 28, 2001). Having spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 2007, "Please Don't Go" remains his highest-charting Adult R&B hit.