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ASK BILLBOARD FEATURING BEN NAVARRO

Hi Gary,

I am a longtime Billboard fan and read your column every week. I hope I am the first to bring this to your attention and if I'm not, I'm not. So here it goes.

Last week and this week, each song in the Hot 100's top five shows a main artist and a featured guest artist. Maybe you or one of your readers can identify if this is the first time that this has occurred.

Sounds like a nice challenge!

Ben Navarro
Trenton, New Jersey

Hi Ben,

Thanks for reading Billboard and Chart Beat. You are the first to point out the record crowd storming the Hot 100's top five.

The last two weeks do mark the first times that the chart's top five comprises titles sporting featured billings. The top four songs included guests for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 1, 2003:

No. 1, "Baby Boy," Beyonce featuring Sean Paul
No. 2, "Stand Up," Ludacris featuring Shawna
No. 3, "Get Low," Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins
No. 4, "Damn!," YoungBloodZ featuring Lil Jon

And, despite featured artist credit being more common on R&B/hip-hip recordings, such all-encompassing spreading of chart wealth has never occurred in the top five of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

While the Hot 100 is viewable in full on billboard.com, here is a look at the songs and nine acts that occupy this week's top five:

No. 1, "OMG," Usher featuring will.i.am
No. 2, "Airplanes," B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
No. 3, "California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
No. 4, "Break Your Heart," Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris
No. 5, "Nothin' on You," B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars

'CRAZY' CLIMBS

Hi Gary,

With Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy" climbing 21-18 in its 40th week on Country Songs, two thoughts come to mind.

The track breaks the record for the longest trip into the chart's top 20, passing Josh Turner's "Long Black Train" (35 weeks, 2003-04).

"Love Like Crazy" is also Brice's most successful hit on Country Songs. His debut entry, "She Ain't Right," reached No. 29 in 2007.

If Brice can continue his path up the chart, "Love Like Crazy" will have a shot at breaking the record for the steadiest journey into the top 10.

Only (more) time will tell.

Best,

John Maverick
Burt County, Nebraska

Hi John,

It's crazy - literally - how much time certain songs require to reach milestones on the Country Songs chart. While Brice's "Love Like Crazy" sets the longevity mark for top 20 ascensions, another song with "crazy" in its title shares the record for longest wait until logging top 10 status:

Weeks to top 10, Title, Artist, Year(s)
40, "We Weren't Crazy," Josh Gracin, 2000-01
40, "Right Where I Need to Be," Gary Allan, 2007-08
39, "Let's Make Love," Faith Hill with Tim McGraw, 1999-2000
38, "Red Light," David Nail, 2009
37, "Best Days of Your Life," Kellie Pickler, 2008-09

Thus, should Brice's current hit reach the top tier, it will rewrite the record for most weeks needed for a title to reach the top 10 on Country Songs.