From its two new judges to the series' first champion and an already ousted 2011 hopeful, "American Idol" ties infuse this week's Billboard charts.
HERE COME THE JUDGES: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, dating to its debut at No. 1 two weeks ago, marking the first song to begin at No. 1 and remain at the summit for at least three weeks since Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" in 1998.
New "Idol" judge Steven Tyler's band's sole Hot 100 No. 1 spent its first four frames atop the chart throughout September 1998.
(Between "Miss" and "Born," nine titles debuted at No. 1 and seven descended in their second weeks. Four of the nine belong to "Idol" contestants: Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night," Fantasia's "I Believe," Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" and Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud," in 2003-06).
Not only is the song Lopez's first top 10 as a lead artist since the four-week No. 1 "All I Have," featuring LL Cool J, in 2003, and her first Hot 100 chart entry since 2007, but it also at last brings a 1990 dance phenomenon to the chart's top tier.
"Floor" samples Kaoma's "Lambada." Although a No. 1 for seven weeks on Latin Songs and a No. 21 hit on Dance Club/Play Songs, the song stopped at No. 46 on the Hot 100 21 years ago.
As Lopez revives "Lambada," the original version debuts on the World Digital Songs chart at No. 3.
"On the Floor" is "consistently top five in station requests," says KIIS (102.7)/Los Angeles assistant program director/music director Julie Pilat. The station has played the song 254 times through March 2, according to Nielsen BDS, the third-highest total among the more than 1,200 stations monitored for the Hot 100's Radio Songs airplay component chart.
"With dance music on fire, a dose of Pitbull and 'Idol,' Lopez is in the perfect pop culture storm to come back on top."