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'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).

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