Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 3

1. EMINEM Recovery 2010 Sales: 3,415,000according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010.

From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid," Train to "Airplanes" (specifically, a "G6") let's recap the most impressive honors achieved on Billboard surveys this year.


Tuesday, Dec. 14: Best of 2010, Part 1
Wednesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2010, Part 2

Tuesday, Dec. 21: Best of 2010, Part 3
Wednesday, Dec. 22: Best of 2010, Part 4



BEST OF 2010, PART 3

July

Ten months after the song first ranked on a Billboard survey, Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" debuts on Country Songs at No. 60. On the cut's impressive resume are reigns on Adult Pop Songs, Digital Songs and Adult Contemporary. "'Hey, Soul Sister' was such a massive pop hit that I think it makes sense to try it out on country," country KKBQ/Houston operations manager Johnny told Billboard. "(It) doesn't sound like bubblegum pop. It was a huge smash and it has instant familiarity" ...

Eminem roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Recovery," the rap superstar's sixth consecutive leader. He first appeared with the No. 2-peaking "The Slim Shady LP," on March 13, 1999, and then began his No. 1 streak with "The Marshall Mathers LP" (2000). He has continued to reign with "The Eminem Show" (2002), "Encore" (2004), "Curtain Call: The Hits" (2005) and "Relapse" (2009). Eminem trails only the Beatles (eight) for most uninterrupted Billboard 200 No. 1s ...

July 4 marked the 40th birthday of "American Top 40." Casey Kasem hosted the countdown of the top 40 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 through 1988, when he was succeeded by Shadoe Stevens. "It's a great, simple format based on two simple ideas: people like to hear the most popular music in the country and people like to hear the countdown of the biggest and best," Stevens told Billboard. "People get attached to certain songs and feel good when something they like is doing well" ...

Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, rises 2-1 on the Hot 100, becoming the rapper's fourth chart leader. The song "will easily be a No. 1 record," CBS Radio VP/programming Dom Theodore had predicted. "There's a ton of depth to this artist and (the 'Recovery') album," concurred KIIS/Los Angeles assistant program director/music director Julie Pilat ...

With 12 weeks at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" marks Alicia Keys' longest lock on the top spot among her eight leaders. The song's reign passes the 10-week stay of "No One" in 2007 ...

Seventy years ago, July 27, 1940, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. Tommy Dorsey crowned the inaugural 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" with "I'll Never Smile Again" ...

Released in 2000, Hampton the Hamster's "The Hampsterdance Song" scurries to No. 1 on Kid Digital Songs. (Impressive longevity, considering that a hamster's average lifespan is two-to-three years).

Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010.

From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid," Train to "Airplanes" (specifically, a "G6") let's recap the most impressive honors achieved on Billboard surveys this year.


August

Linkin Park's "The Catalyst" becomes the first track to debut at No. 1 on Rock Songs. The first single from "A Thousand Suns" eclipses the chart's previous highest-starting song, Pearl Jam's "The Fixer," which arrived at No. 2 in 2009 ...


Zac Brown Band
banks its fourth No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Free" rises 2-1. The new leader makes the group's album "The Foundation" the first major-label debut set to yield four No. 1s on the list since Brooks & Dunn's "Brand New Man" generated a quartet of toppers in 1991-92 ...

How likable is he? With a 2-1 lift on Dance/Club Play Songs for "I Like It," Enrique Iglesias collects his seventh No. 1 on the chart, equaling Michael Jackson and Prince for most leaders among male artists in the survey's history ...

After no solo male artists had arrived with a pair of career-opening No. 1s on Pop Songs between the chart's inception in 1992 and last year, two such singers have achieved the feat in 2010. Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" follows "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris, to the top after Jason Derulo had reigned with "Whatcha Say" and "In My Head" ...

John Mellencamp earns his 10th top 10 on the Billboard 200, as "No Better Than This" begins at No. 10. The set opens one week shy of the 28th anniversary of his first top 10 and sole No. 1, "American Fool," reaching the chart's summit.

Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010.

From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid," Train to "Airplanes" (specifically, a "G6") let's recap the most impressive honors achieved on Billboard surveys this year.


September

Ke$ha becomes the 11th solo female to collect at least four Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from a debut album, as "Take It Off," from "Animal," follows "TiK ToK," "Blah Blah Blah" and "Your Love Is My Drug" to the top tier. Cyndi Lauper was the first woman to earn the honor, in 1984, followed by Whitney Houston, Debbie Gibson, Taylor Dayne, Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Fergie and Lady Gaga ...

Mark Douglas turns Comedy Digital Songs into a medical chart, as "Bieber Fever" debuts at No. 24. The cut provides valuable information about the epidemic that has afflicted the song's subject's followers. "It starts with screaming, and 'OMG'-ing," the track explains, "followed by weeping and lots of tweeting" ...

Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy" rewrites the mark for most weeks spent on Country Songs, as the Curb Records single rises 5-3 in its 55th week on the chart. The song bests the 54-week stay of Eddy Arnold's "Bouquet of Roses," which debuted the week of May 15, 1948, and reigned for 19 weeks at No. 1. "It's so cool to look back and see the life of this song and how it just kept growing and growing," Brice told Billboard. "To beat a record that has been around that long is amazing" ...

Nine-year-old Willow blooms at No. 60 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Whip My Hair." The young singer is the second of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's two children to appear on a Billboard chart this year. 12-year-old Jaden reached No. 33 on the Hot 100 in June as a featured artist on Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" ...

Neon Trees
' "Animal" rises 2-1 on Alternative Songs in its 32nd chart week, completing the lengthiest journey to the top in the list's 22-year history. The act's maiden chart entry tops the 31-week climb to No. 1 logged by another debut charted title, Phoenix's "1901," which reached the apex in February ...

A week after the onset of autumn (Sept. 22), Kenny Chesney fittingly tops Country Songs with "The Boys of Fall." The football-themed tale grants Chesney a Country Songs No. 1 for a 10th consecutive year. He banked one leader in each year from 2001 through 2005, two in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and three in 2007 ...

Led by its cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind," the "Glee" Cast roars back onto the Hot 100 following the Fox series' second-season premiere Sept. 21. McKinley High's New Directions glee club sends five songs onto the chart, upping its count to 69 visits since it first appeared on June 6, 2009. The troupe passes Elton John (67) to claim the sixth-highest total of Hot 100 hits in the chart's 52-year history ...

Lady Gaga
's debut album "The Fame" notches its landmark 100th week on the Billboard 200. The set debuted at No. 17 the week of Nov. 15, 2008. After dipping as low as No. 83, the set has ranked within the top 30 each week since Jan. 17, 2009. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Jan. 16, 2010, chart. Placing at No. 23, "The Fame" is the Billboard 200's highest-ranking album with 100 chart weeks or more since Taylor Swift's self-titled debut set surged 38-21 in its 129th frame the week of April 25, 2009.