QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 1: While "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200, becoming the first album since 2005 to begin with sales of more than a million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift's chart domination extends to the Billboard Hot 100.
Ten titles from the set debut on the Hot 100, led by "Sparks Fly" at No. 17. With first radio single "Mine," which reached No. 3, the title cut (No. 8), "Back to December" (No. 6) and "Mean" (No. 11) having previously charted, the latter three as digital preview tracks, each of the 14 songs from the standard edition of "Speak Now" has appeared on the Hot 100.
(Eleven of the 13 songs on the standard version of Swift's previous album, "Fearless," reached the survey beginning upon its release in 2008, as did all five compositions added to the set's "Platinum Edition" a year ago this week).
With 11 songs gracing the Hot 100, Swift enjoys the most titles charted simultaneously by a female act. Only the Beatles - one week with 14 and two weeks with 12, in April 1964 - have charted more songs in one week. David Cook also tallied 11 titles on the June 7, 2008, chart, following his "American Idol" coronation.
Swift's 10 debuts in one week also mark a record among female artists. Cook holds the overall high point with 11 debuts June 7, 2008.
Swift ups her Hot 100 title count to 39. Dating to the arrival of her first chart entry, "Tim McGraw," Swift has totaled the ninth-most chart appearances among women in the Hot 100's 52-year history, a ranking she shares with three pop/R&B superstars:
Hot 100 Entries, Artist, First Debut Date
73, Aretha Franklin (March 4, 1961)
56, Dionne Warwick (Dec. 8, 1962)
55, Madonna (Oct. 29, 1983)
53, Connie Francis (Dec. 2, 1957)
48, Brenda Lee (March 2, 1957)
42, Mariah Carey (June 2, 1990)
41, Barbra Streisand (April 4, 1964)
40, Diana Ross (April 25, 1970)
39, Taylor Swift (Sept. 23, 2006)
39, Mary J. Blige (June 20, 1992)
39, Whitney Houston (June 9, 1984)
39, Janet Jackson (Dec. 18, 1982)
Dating to her first week on the Hot 100 with "Tim McGraw," Swift's 39 chart visits are the most among women. Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana ranks second among female acts in that span with 35, followed by Rihanna (21), Beyonce (18) and Carrie Underwood (15).
"I... Can't... Believe... This...," Swift Tweeted following this week's grand chart entrances. "You guys have absolutely lit up my world. Thank you."
QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 2: While Swift swoops in atop the Billboard 200, Ke$ha similarly arrives at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
As previously reported, Ke$ha collects the 17th No. 1 debut in the Hot 100's history, as "We R Who We R" charges in at the summit and atop Digital Songs.
The lead single from "Cannibal," due Nov. 22, is Ke$ha's second No. 1, following "TiK ToK," which led for nine weeks beginning in January, the year's longest reign. The singer is one of five acts with multiple Hot 100 leaders this year; the quintet accounts for nine of the year's 13 No. 1s:
(Artist, Titles, Weeks At No. 1, Chart Dates Titles Reached No. 1)
"TiK ToK," nine, Jan. 2
"We R Who We R," one (to-date), Nov. 13
"Rude Boy," five, March 27
"Love the Way You Lie" (Eminem featuring Rihanna), seven, July 31
"Not Afraid," one, May 22
"Love the Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna), seven, July 31
"Nothin' On You" (B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars), two, May 1
"Just the Way You Are," four, Oct, 2
"California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg), six, June 19
"Teenage Dream," two, Sept. 18
Five acts had not exhibited such chart domination with multiple No. 1s in a year since 1989, when seven controlled the top more than once:
Phil Collins, "Two Hearts," "Another Day in Paradise"
Paula Abdul, "Straight Up," "Forever Your Girl," "Cold Hearted"
Roxette, "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart"
Fine Young Cannibals, "She Drives Me Crazy," "Good Thing"
New Kids on the Block, "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," "Hangin' Tough"
Richard Marx, "Satisfied," "Right Here Waiting"
Milli Vanilli, "Baby Don't Forget My Number," "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You," "Blame It on the Rain"
The concentration of this year's acts that have tallied multiple Hot 100 leaders reflects the singles depth of Eminem's "Recovery" and Perry's "Teenage Dream," as well as the success of Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who has co-written and produced each of Ke$ha's and Perry's No. 1s this year.
PUCK SCORES: Recently on Fox's "Glee," the character of Noah "Puck" Puckerman was revealed to have been sentenced to a juvenile detention center after he drove through a convenience store window with the goal of stealing its ATM. (Perhaps McKinley High has overemphasized show choir and cheerleading at the expense of fostering critical thinking?)
Subsequently, Puck's extracurricular activities with the school's glee club were halted. It's fitting, then, that the actor who portrays Puck, Mark Salling, similarly makes chart headlines on his own.
Salling becomes the first "Glee" actor to chart separately from the cast since the show's premiere last year. "Pipe Dreams" becomes his first solo chart entry with a bow at No. 189 on the Billboard 200.
One other "Glee" cast member has charted apart from the ensemble. Kevin McHale Kevin (aka, Artie Abrams) sang in NLT, the now-defunct boy band whose "She Said, I Said (Time We Let Go)" reached No. 36 on Pop Songs in 2008.
On the Hot 100, the "Glee" cast debuts at No. 89 with "Time Warp," from "Glee: The Rocky Horror Glee Show (EP)." The "Glee"-make is the club's 89th Hot 100 entry. The cast is now two titles away from matching James Brown for second-most Hot 100 appearances (91). Elvis Presley leads all acts with 108 Hot 100 hits.
INSTANT REPLAY: Before "Glee" so deftly blended music and comedy on prime time TV, the Monkees paved the way.
The quartet makes its first chart appearance since 2003, as "Head" enters Top Soundtracks at No. 20. The set, which reached No. 45 on the Billboard 200 in 1969, has received a deluxe re-release on the Rhino label.
The soundtrack accompanies the trippy 1968 film starring the Monkees, who co-wrote the script with Jack Nicholson. As the opening song explains (sort of): "We hope you like our story / Although there isn't one. That is to say, there's many / That way, there is more fun!"
TREATS: Tuesday's Chart Beat revealed last week's 20 most-played Halloween songs, according to Nielsen BDS. Michael Jackson's "Thriller" led the list, with Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash" ranking second.
According to SoundScan, the creepy cuts were also last week's best-selling Halloween-themed titles, although in reverse order. "Monster Mash" and "Thriller" re-enter Digital Songs at Nos. 34 and 35, respectively. The "Glee" cast's "Time Warp" (No. 56) and "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me" (No. 69) and Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" (No. 63) add to the survey's spookiness.