UPWARD MOVEMENT: The phrase "Far*East Movement" could describe the trajectory of wicked weather of late, as a series of winter storms has blanketed the U.S. under snow and ice.

The travels of the group Far*East Movement, however, have been more well-received.

The Los Angeles quartet scores its second Hot 100 top 10, as "Rocketeer" blasts 16-9. The act spent three weeks at No. 1 beginning in October with "Like a G6," featuring Cataracs and Dev.

Far*East Movement is the first group to send its first two Hot 100 entries to the top 10 since Daughtry, whose "It's Not Over" and "Home" rose to Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, in 2007.

"Rocketeer" guest vocalist Ryan Tedder lands his first top 10 as a solo act. His first reached the top bracket, also as a featured artist, when Timbaland's "Apologize," featuring his band OneRepublic, reached No. 2 in 2007.

While Tedder didn't write "Rocketeer" (Bruno Mars, notably, is among the track's nine authors), he has tallied four top 10s as a songwriter. In addition to "Apologize," he co-wrote Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" (No. 1, four weeks, 2008), Beyonce's "Halo" (No. 5, 2009) and Jordin Sparks' "Battlefield" (No. 10, 2009).

NASHVILLE STARS: As new "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler translates his night job into increases on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, the show's original champion pads her impressive multi-format discography.

Kelly Clarkson, owner of 10 top 10s on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, collects her second top 10 on Country Songs, as Jason Aldean's "Don't You Wanna Stay," on which she guests, rises 11-10. (The track marks Aldean's 11th top 10 among 13 chart entries).

Clarkson first reached the Country Songs top tier with the No. 2-peaking Reba McEntire duet, and cover of her own 2005 No. 1 Pop Songs and No. 7 Hot 100 smash, "Because of You" in 2007.

Among "American Idol" contestants, Clarkson and Bucky Covington (also two) trail only Carrie Underwood (13) and Josh Gracin (four) for most top 10s.

Kellie Pickler is the only other graduate of the series to dent the Country Songs top 10. "Best Days of Your Life," which Pickler penned with Taylor Swift, reached No. 9 in 2009.

RICKY ROLLING: Ricky Martin ascends to his 11th leader on Latin Songs, and first since 2006, as "Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tu," featuring Natalia Jiminez, jumps 4-1.

The lead single from "Musica + Alma + Sexo" - due on next week's album charts - also leaps 23-7, marking his 16th top 10, on Tropical Airplay.

In the 24-year history of Latin Songs, Martin's No. 1 sum trails only those of Enrique Iglesias (21), Luis Miguel (16) and Gloria Estefan (14).

TOP SPINS: Martin Solveig and Dragonette earn their first No. 1 on Dance Airplay, as "Hello" climbs 2-1.

The song's creative video sports Solveig playing tennis against fellow French DJ Bob Sinclar, who's banked five No. 1s on Dance/Club Play Songs. The clip is approaching 11 million views on YouTube since its October posting.

(At the video's end, Solveig sullenly departs the court upon seeing his love interest kissing French tennis star Gael Monfils. Hopefully, his new No. 1 ranking provides a measure of consolation).

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