Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Rihanna, Steve Martin

Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Rihanna, Steve Martin

ORIGINALS SCORE: Writing its own songs (don't tell Sue Sylvester that her nemesis club enlisted the talents of Max Martin, Shellback and other high-profile professionals) not only led to New Directions' first victory at Regionals, but it also grants the "Glee" cast its second-highest rank on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Fox TV troupe extends its record to 131 Hot 100 entries, 23 ahead of runner-up Elvis Presley's 108, as seven songs debut, including its first three charted titles composed specifically for the series: the ensemble "Loser Like Me" (No. 6), the Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)-led "Get It Right" (No. 16) and the Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) anthem "Hell to the No" (No. 53).

"Loser" marks the "Glee" cast's second-best Hot 100 placement, bested only by the No. 4 peak that "Don't Stop Believin' " logged upon its debut the week of June 6, 2009. The former song is the cast's third top 10; "Teenage Dream" debuted and peaked at No. 8 the week of Nov. 27, 2010.

The "Glee" singers also start in the Hot 100's top 40 with covers of P!nk's "Raise Your Glass" (No. 36) and the Beatles' "Blackbird" (No. 37, marking the classic ballad's first Hot 100 appearance).

With its four highest bows this week, the "Glee" cast ties the Rolling Stones for second-most top 40 titles (41) among groups in the Hot 100's history. The Beatles lead with 50 (and rank third overall, trailing only Presley, with 80, and Elton John, 57).

The "Glee" remake of "Raise Your Glass" additionally represents the 40th former Hot 100 No. 1 that the series' cast has returned to the chart.


TRAVELING MUSIC: Next time you encounter a subway delay, be thankful that it doesn't last 22 years (hopefully).

That's how long it took Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's "Downtown Train" to pull in to the Adult Contemporary chart, where it debuts at No. 28. It also arrives at No. 30 on Heritage Rock. Seger first recorded the Tom Waits song in 1989 but withheld releasing it, as Rod Stewart's cover was on its way to topping the Jan. 20, 1990, AC survey.

Seger re-recorded the song for his forthcoming album. "It was the one that sounded most radio-ready," he told Billboard.com.

Another notable veteran rock act motors back to a Billboard chart. The reunited Cars make their first appearance on a song ranking since "Coming Up You" reached No. 37 on Adult Contemporary in 1988, as "Sad Song" starts at No. 24 on the Triple A adult alternative airplay chart.

The cut previews "Move Like This" (due May 10), the band's first studio album since 1987.


'S&M,' PART 1: As it rebounds 4-3 as the Hot 100's Airplay Gainer for a second consecutive week, "S&M" marks Rihanna's 14th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, where it rises 2-1.

The coronation ties Rihanna with Beyonce for fifth place among artists with the chart's most leaders. Here is a look at the acts with the most No. 1s since Dance/Club Play Songs launched as a national survey the week of Aug. 28, 1976:

Total No. 1s, Artist
40, Madonna
19, Janet Jackson
15, Mariah Carey
15, Kristine W
14, Beyonce
14, Rihanna


'S' AND 'M,' PART 2: With the arrival of Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers' "Rare Bird Alert" at No. 43 on the Billboard 200, the iconic comedian/actor/musician notches his highest charting-set since 1979's "Comedy Is Not Pretty" peaked at No. 25.

"Rare" concurrently launches atop Bluegrass Albums, marking Martin's second No. 1 on the tally. "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-Strong Band" spent the first of 31 weeks at No. 1 on the list the week of Feb. 21, 2009.

The new set mixes Martin's trademark mockery ("Atheists Don't Have No Songs") with guest vocals by Paul McCartney and Dixie Chicks, as well as an update of his biggest Hot 100 hit, 1978's No. 17-peaking "King Tut."


NEW 'ALABAMA': As Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama" bounds 44-26 as the Greatest Gainer on Country Songs, guest act Alabama logs its first appearance in the chart's top 40 since "When It All Goes South" spent its last week in the region 10 years and two weeks ago. The new song is the group's 64th top 40 hit on the chart.

"Old Alabama" marks Alabama's second consecutive chart entry whose name pays tribute to a legendary country act. Its cover of Waylon Jennings' Hank Williams ode "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" reached No. 53 in February.

"Old Alabama" continues the genre's tradition of name-checking its most heralded stars. While fairly recent examples include Taylor Swift's "Tim McGraw" and Jason Aldean's "Johnny Cash" (both No. 6 hits in 2007), perhaps no song better served as a who's-who of country music than Clint Black's 1994 album track "Tuckered Out" (which includes a mention of Alabama).

"I'm Haggard, worn and Waylon, from the bottom of my Restless Heart / there seems to be no Parton from the dark," Black sings in the song, which ranked at No. 74 in its sole week on Country Songs (Feb. 5, 1994).

"I've had it to the Gills of knowin' what the Nitty Gritty's all about / bein' McEntired and Loveless ... I can't Lovett if I'm all tuckered out."


CHART BEAT BITS: As her "21" returns for a third week atop the Billboard 200, the album's impressive reign helps Adele to her first entry on Pop Songs. The set's lead single, "Rolling in the Deep," begins on the chart at No. 40. Sirius XM Hits 1 leads pop reporters with 46 first-week plays, followed by WRVW Nashville (45 plays, up 23) and KZBD Spokane, Wash. (45, up 14), according to Nielsen BDS. "Deep" climbs 13-11 on Adult Pop Songs and 28-21 on Adult Contemporary, marking her highest ranks on each chart ...

"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez notches her first No. 1 on Dance Airplay, as "On the Floor" jumps 5-1. The song, which has also topped eight charts on Billboard's menu of international surveys, is the first Dance Airplay leader each for Lopez and featured artist Pitbull ...

Two "American Idol" covers on last Wednesday's (March 16) episode spur showings on Rock Digital Songs for the original versions. Heart's 1987 Hot 100 No. 1 "Alone" appears at No. 12 after Jacob Lusk put his gospel spin on the ballad and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (No. 6 on the Hot 100 in 1992) arrives at No. 30 following Casey Abrams' intense interpretation ...

Joan Sebastian rewrites Chayanne's record for longest span of top 10 hits on Latin Songs, as "El Padrino" steps 11-9. Sebastian first reached the top tier with "Oiga" the week of Oct. 11, 1986, the chart's second week of existence. His now-24-year, five-month and three-week span of top 10 hits passes that of Chayanne, who has stretched his span of Latin Songs top 10s over 22 years, six months and three weeks from 1987 through 2010 ...

Following a Comedy Central tribute and multiple mentions of the late comedian on the network's roast last Tuesday (March 15) of Donald Trump, Greg Giraldo's "Midlife Vices" re-enters Comedy Albums at No. 13. The set peaked at No. 2 on the list in October following Giraldo's passing last September at age 44. A highlight from the Trump "tribute"? Jeff Ross' poke at fellow roaster Larry King that "the last time (he) covered an uprising in Egypt, (he) interviewed Moses."