'CALIFORNIA' COASTS TO NO. 1: As previously reported, Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, rises 2-1 in its fourth week on the chart.
Perry's second leader, following the seven-week No. 1 "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008, marks the speediest sprint to the summit by a Capitol single since Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" likewise reached the apex in four weeks on the chart dated Aug. 26, 1967. Five months prior to Gentry's fast-track to the top, the Beatles' "Penny Lane" had also zoomed to No. 1 in four weeks.
Coincidentally, singer/songwriter Jill Sobule last year released the track "Where Is Bobbie Gentry?" The name of the album on which the song appeared? "California Years." And, Sobule's most buzz-worthy song remains her own "I Kissed a Girl," which reached No. 67 on the Hot 100 in 1995.
More thoughts on the coronation of "California Gurls," courtesy of Chart Beat reader Pablo Nelson of (fittingly) Berkeley, California:
"This winter, the pensive Big Apple anthem 'Empire State of Mind' topped the Hot 100. This summer, the carefree Golden State theme 'California Gurls' rules.
"Both hits feature veteran male rappers and female singer/songwriters and each duo is native to the settings it praises: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys hail from New York and Perry and Snoop Dogg are California-born and bred.
"I also noticed that the secret to current Hot 100 success may involve having been born in October. Perry was born Oct. 25, 1984, and Snoop Dogg (nee Cordozar Calvin Broadus), Oct. 20, 1971. The artist the pair dislodges from the summit? The singer of "OMG," Usher, whose birthday is Oct. 14, 1978."
FIVE AND 10s: With a 16-9 jump on the Hot 100 for "Rock That Body," the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." becomes the first album in more than two decades by a duo or group to yield a quintet of top 10s on the survey.
Until this week, no album by duo or group had sported five Hot 100 top 10s since Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True" in 1989-90. When the pair's fifth top 10 "All or Nothing" reached the chart's top tier in February 1990, its debut album became the third set within four months to produce five top 10s, joining Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" and New Kids on the Block's "Hangin' Tough."
The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Boom" vaulted 39-1 the week of April 18, 2009, eventually spending 12 weeks at No. 1 and earning the honor of the Hot 100's top title of 2009. "I Gotta Feeling" debuted at No. 2 on June 27, 2009, and totaled 14 weeks at the summit. "Meet Me Halfway" rose 17-9 and peaked at No. 7 in October and "Imma Be" surged 11-4 in February before spending two weeks at No. 1 in March.
The group's achievement of five Hot 100 top 10s from an album marks the second such feat for vocalist Fergie. The singer sent five tracks from her solo debut, "The Dutchess," into the top five in 2006-08.
"The E.N.D." concurrently celebrates a year's residence on the Billboard 200, rebounding 22-17 in its 52nd week on the list.
RUNNERS-UP: Placing second behind the Beatles may be a bit easier to take than finishing third behind Vocal Adrenaline and Aural Intensity.
On Tuesday night's (June 8) season finale of Fox TV's "Glee," the New Directions ensemble finished third, and last, in the series' regional show choir competition. With five debuts on this week's Hot 100, the "Glee" cast passes the Beach Boys and Rolling Stones and now trails only the Fab Four for most charted titles among non-solo acts in the chart's 52-year history:
71, the Beatles
59, "Glee" cast
57, the Rolling Stones
55, the Beach Boys
53, the Temptations
Of its five new entries this week, the "Glee" troupe returns two more former Hot 100 No. 1s to the tally: Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch's 1991 leader "Good Vibrations" (No. 69) and Queen's 1980 topper "Another One Bites the Dust" (No. 79). Twenty-one of the troupe's charted remakes (aka, "Glee-makes") are covers of former Hot 100 leaders. (And, notably, this week's Hot 100 includes songs entitled "California Gurls" and "Good Vibrations" - and neither are Beach Boys remakes).
A "Glee" track spending a third week on the Hot 100 makes additional history. Having debuted at No. 100, soared to No. 20 and this week plummeting to No. 70, "Poker Face" is the first song in the chart's archives to register a gain of at least 50 positions one week and a drop of at least 50 spots the following frame.
Though the series' first season has wrapped, the "Glee" cast will impact various rankings next week, with "Glee: the Music, Journey to Regionals" expected to debut in the upper reaches of next week's Billboard 200.
Carrie Underwood ranks third among the Fox TV series' former finalists with three top 10 albums, followed by Daughtry's Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard, each with two top 10s.
Aiken first appeared on the Billboard 200 with "Measure of a Man," which spent its first two weeks at No. 1 in November 2003. He revisited the top tier with "Merry Christmas With Love" (No. 4, 2004), "A Thousand Different Ways" (No. 2, 2006) and "On My Way Here" (No. 4, 2008).
Meck earns the Hot Shot Debut on Dance/Club Play Songs at No. 36 with "Feels Like a Prayer," featuring Dino, a tweaking of Madonna's 1989 three-week Hot 100 No. 1. Madonna incorporated the instrumental track of Meck's recording in her performances of "Like a Prayer" during her 2008-09 "Sticky and Sweet" concert tour.
CHART BEAT BITS: Nicki Minaj arrives on the Hot 100 at No. 51 with "Your Love." The preview single from the female rapper's forthcoming debut album samples "No More I Love You's," written and first released by British duo the Lover Speaks in 1986 and most widely known as a No. 23 hit on the Hot 100 for Annie Lennox in 1995 ...
Reba McEntire extends her record for most top 10s among women in the 66-year history of Country Songs, as "I Keep On Loving You" rises 12-10, granting the superstar her 58th top 10. Dolly Parton ranks second among female soloists with 55 top 10s. Reba also logs her first back-to-back top 10s - "Consider Me Gone" led the list for four weeks in January - since "Somebody" (one week at No. 1) and "He Gets That From Me" (No. 7) reached the top bracket consecutively in 2004-05 ...
Nickelback collects its 10th top 40 hit on the Hot 100 dating to its first, the No. 1 "How You Remind Me" in 2001, as "This Afternoon" lifts 41-39. With the ascension, the band pads its lead for most top 40 entries among rock groups since the beginning of 2000. Linkin Park follows with eight top 40 Hot 100 hits in that span, trailed by Daughtry (seven) and 3 Doors Down, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5 and matchbox twenty (six each) ...
U2's "360° at the Rose Bowl" debuts at No. 1 on the Top Music Video Sales chart, marking the band's sixth topper on the tally. U2 ties Kiss for the most No. 1s among groups in the chart's 25-year history ...
With soccer fans worldwide ready to cheer on their favorite squads, "Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album" debuts at No. 1 on World Albums. The set boasts such stars as R. Kelly, Matisyahu, Shakira, Wyclef Jean and a guest appearance by Nelson Mandela. The "FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert" began earlier today in Johannesburg, South Africa, the competition's host country, with footage streamed live online and broadcast on ESPN2. Featuring an all-star cast of performers, including the Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys, the gala event will re-air on ABC-TV tomorrow night (June 11) at 8 p.m. ET.