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.
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
19, Janet Jackson
15, Mariah Carey
15, Kristine W