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Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

Recent collaborators Rihanna and Drake pose for this picture at the rapper's concert after party at Greenhouse in NYC on Sept. 28.

RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97.

"What's My Name?" becomes Rihanna's eighth No. 1 (and featured artist Drake's first), a sum bested by only four women in the Hot 100's 52-year history.

Here is a look at the solo female artists with the most Hot 100 No. 1s:

Total No. 1s, Artist, No. 1 Span
18, Mariah Carey (1990-2008)
12, Madonna (1984-2000)
11, Whitney Houston (1985-95)
10, Janet Jackson (1986-2001)
8, Rihanna (2006-10)
6, Paula Abdul (1989-91)
6, Diana Ross (1970-81)
5, Beyonce (2003-08)
5, Olivia Newton-John (1974-81)
5, Barbra Streisand (1974-80)

Of the women with at least eight No. 1s, Carey reached the total the fastest, as "Vision of Love" became her first leader the week of Aug. 4, 1990, and "Hero," her eighth, reigned Dec. 25, 1993, a span of three years, four months and three weeks. Rihanna is the second-quickest, requiring just four years, six months and one week between her first and latest trips to the top.

Dating to May 13, 2006, when "SOS" became the first of Rihanna's eight Hot 100 No. 1s, Justin Timberlake ranks second with four leaders, followed by the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Fergie, Nelly Furtado, Ludacris, Katy Perry, T.I. and T-Pain, each with three.

"What's My Name?" storms in atop Digital Songs, marking Rihanna's ninth No. 1 on the survey, the highest total since the chart's data began contributing to the Hot 100 the week of Feb. 12, 2005. Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and Timberlake rank second in that span with five Digital Songs No. 1s each.


CAREY, DIAMOND SHINE: Two Billboard 200 titans pad their top 10 totals.

Mariah Carey collects her 16th top 10, as "Merry Christmas II You" bows at No. 4. The set complements Carey's first holiday release, "Merry Christmas," which peaked at No. 3 in 1994. Carey first entered the top 10 the week of Aug. 4, 1990, when her eponymous debut rose 13-10 on its way to an 11-week reign beginning March 2, 1991.

Neil Diamond logs his 17th Billboard 200 top 10, as "Dreams" debuts at No. 8. Diamond first reached the upper bracket with "Gold" in 1970 (No. 10). The singer joins Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Rolling Stones, Santana and James Taylor as the only artists to appear in the top 10 in each of the last five decades.

Where do 17 and 16 top 10 albums place Diamond and Carey, respectively, among the Billboard 200's most frequent top 10 visitors? Here is an updated recap of the acts with the most top 10 albums since the chart launched as a weekly survey the week of March 24, 1956:

36, the Rolling Stones
33, Frank Sinatra
30, the Beatles
30, Barbra Streisand
27, Elvis Presley
19, Bob Dylan
19, Madonna
17, Neil Diamond
17, Elton John
17, Paul McCartney/Wings
16, Mariah Carey
16, Johnny Mathis
16, Bruce Springsteen
16, George Strait
15, Rod Stewart

"Merry Christmas II You" arrives at No. 1 on Holiday Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. "Merry Christmas" peaked at Nos. 1 and 4 on the charts, respectively, in 1994.
'NEWS' REPORT: After two days of radio airplay, Michael Jackson's "Breaking News" scores a No. 1 Billboard ranking.

The controversial preview track from "Michael," due Dec. 14, debuts atop the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs' Bubbling Under chart, which showcases the top 25 titles that have yet to reach the 100-position R&B/Hip-Hop Songs survey.

"Breaking News" logged 1.1 million impressions on 52 R&B/hip-hop stations after just two days of airplay, according to Nielsen BDS. Among all stations monitored by BDS, "Breaking News" registered 302 plays on 177 stations, amounting to an audience of 2.6 million, since its arrival Monday (Nov. 8).

Despite its rising chart status, "Breaking News" logged 94% of its two-day audience among R&B/Hip-Hop Songs panelists in its first day of availability. Fifty R&B/hip-hop stations played the song Monday, but just four programmed it Tuesday.

Adult R&B reporter WBLS/New York spun "Breaking News" once Monday. "Listeners seemed to think that 'Breaking News' sounds 'unfinished' and is not a representation of the level of perfection that Michael sought in his music," says WBLS program director Skip Dillard.

"Many listeners who responded asked to hear other tracks and said that they'll be interested to hear what else is on the upcoming album."


NEWS REPORT: In addition to Michael Jackson's "Breaking News," another News makes R&B/hip-hop news.

Huey Lewis & the News make their first visit to R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as "Soulsville" arrives at No. 18. The set includes covers of classics by Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and the Staple Singers.

The album enters the Billboard 200 at No. 121, marking the group's highest-charting collection of new recordings since 1994.


IT'S A MIRACLE:
Smokey Robinson makes his first appearance on Dance/Club Play Songs since "Tell Me Tomorrow" reached No. 53 in 1982, as "Love Bath" bows at No. 50. The new song is the legendary singer's third to reach the list. He first charted with the No. 16-peaking "Theme From Big Time," from the movie starring Jayne Kennedy, in 1977.

Robinson charts his 22nd album on the Billboard 200, as the Cracker Barrel-exclusive "Now and Then" retrospective starts at No. 131. Robinson first graced the chart when "The Fabulous Miracles" debuted June 8, 1963, eventually peaking at No. 118. His solo debut, "Smokey," reached No. 70 in 1973.


CHART BEAT BITS:
Ricky Martin returns to the Hot 100, as "Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tu/The Best Thing About Me Is You," featuring Natalia Jimenez on the Spanish version and Joss Stone on the English version, debuts at No. 74. Martin had last charted with "Tu Recuerdo, featuring La Mari De Chambao Y Tommy Torres, in 2006 (No. 89). Martin is set to release his first studio album since 2006 early next year ...

Robert Plant notches his first No. 1 on the Triple A adult alternative airplay tally, as "Angel Dance" ascends 2-1. The iconic Led Zeppelin singer/songwriter/guitarist previously peaked as high as No. 2 with the Alison Krauss-assisted "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" in 2007 ...

Metal monopolizes the top of the Top Music Video Sales chart, as "The Big 4" opens at No. 1. The release captures Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax at the June 22 Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria ...

Cake collects its first Alternative Songs top 10 since "Short Skirt / Long Jacket" reached No. 7 in 2001, as "Sick of You" rises 11-9. The group's fourth top 10 - "The Distance" climbed to No. 4 in 1996 and "Never There" spent three weeks at No. 1 in 1998 - previews "Showroom of Compassion," the band's first studio album since 2004, due Jan. 11 ...

At No. 175, "The 99 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces" becomes the 11th title in the X5 label's "99 Most Essential" series to impact the Billboard 200 since January 2009. Previous editions paid tribute to the works of Beethoven (No. 29) and Mozart (No. 34). With the yuletide album nearly six hours long, simply pressing play on the collection Christmas morning could allow one to concentrate on more pressing matters, such as shaking and unwrapping gifts. (With any luck, the set will run out long before all the presents are opened).