'ANIMAL' KINGDOM: 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. (All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (Sept. 23) on Billboard.com).
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 Alternative Songs apex in February. (Phoenix enjoys its own action on the chart this week, as "Lasso" debuts at No. 37).
Here is a look at the five tracks to have been rewarded with No. 1 rankings on Alternative Songs after chart journeys of at least six months:
Weeks to No. 1, Title, Artist, Chart Date Reached No. 1
32, "Animal," Neon Trees, Oct. 2, 2010
31, "1901," Phoenix, Feb. 20, 2010
29, "Feel Good Drag," Anberlin, May 2, 2009
27, "Wasteland," 10 Years, Feb. 25, 2006
26, "Paralyzer," Finger Eleven, Aug. 25, 2007
"Animal" concurrently reaches a new peak (No. 4) on Rock Songs and pushes 12-11 on Adult Pop Songs and 21-20 on Pop Songs.
Not only do Neon Trees best Phoenix in the amount of weeks tallied on their way to the top of the Alternative Songs ranking, but the group could also chart with a title sporting a higher number than "1901." The second single from Neon Trees' debut album "Habits" is entitled "1983."
URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Keith Urban previews his seventh studio album, "Get Closer," out Nov. 16, as "Put You in a Song" roars onto Country Songs as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 29.
The song marks Urban's fourth to arrive in the chart's top 30. "Once In a Lifetime" charged in at No. 17 in 2006, followed by "Sweet Thing" (No. 30, 2008) and "Kiss a Girl" (No. 29, 2009).
Since Country Songs converted to Nielsen BDS-monitored radio airplay data in January 1990, only Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney have made more entrances in the top 30 (six each). With his sixth such song, "More Than a Memory" (2007), Brooks posted the first No. 1 bow in the chart's BDS-monitored archives.
USHER EXTENDS LEAD: Usher moves further ahead of his closest competitor for most No. 1s in the 17-year history of the Rhythmic radio airplay chart, as "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" (2-1) becomes his 11th leader on the list.
The song affords featured artist Pitbull his first view from the Rhythmic summit among 25 chart visits.
Here is a ranking of the artists with the most No. 1s in the Rhythmic chart's history:
While assuming the Rhythmic chart's throne, Usher is seeking his 19th top 10, as "Hot Tottie," featuring Jay-Z, advances 13-11. Currently tied with T-Pain for third-most Rhythmic top 10s, a lift of at least one position would push Usher closer to the sums collected by Ludacris (25 top 10s) and Carey (21).