Chart Beat Wednesday: The Script's Epic Journey

RECORD-'BREAK'ER: The Script rewrites history on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Breakeven" completes a record-setting 36-week rise to the summit with a 2-1 lift. The song debuted at the chart's anchor spot, No. 40, on the list dated Sept. 26, 2009.

The track's steady ascent to the top bests the previous milestone mark in the chart's 14-year history by one week. Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" reached No. 1 in its 35th frame in February 2007.

Here is a recap of the titles rewarded with No. 1 rankings on Adult Pop Songs after the lengthiest of waits:

Weeks to No. 1, Title, Artist, Chart Date Reached No. 1
36, "Breakeven," the Script, May 29, 2010
35, "Chasing Cars," Snow Patrol, Feb. 17, 2007
28, "I'm Yours," Jason Mraz, Oct. 18, 2008
28, "Love Song," Sara Bareilles, March 15, 2008
28, "Superman (It's Not Easy)," Five for Fighting, Dec. 1, 2001

Among Adult Pop Songs reporters, WRVE (99.5 the River)/Albany, New York, first played "Breakeven," according to Nielsen BDS, followed by WKRQ (Q102)/Cincinnati. Epic Records senior VP/promotion Jacqueline Saturn says that the latter station "flat out told us that 'Breakeven' was a No. 1 record before we went for airplay.

"Radio's passion for the band never wavered. To say we are thrilled is an understatement."

With its command of Adult Pop Songs, the Script tops its second U.S. Billboard chart. "Breakeven" led Heatseekers Songs for four weeks beginning in January.


VIEW FROM THE TOP: Erykah Badu earns her third No. 1, and first in more than 11 years, on the Adult R&B chart, as "Window Seat" climbs 2-1.

Badu last reigned for five weeks beginning in December 1997 with "Tyrone." She first led for six weeks with "Next Lifetime" in summer 1997.

"Window Seat" previously made headlines for its risqué video in which Badu appears clothes-free. "I been naked all along in my words actions and deeds. thats the real vulnerable place," Badu said via Twitter amidst the video's early buzz.

The singer additionally Tweeted her amusement at criticism to the clip.

"Funny, i thought i was outta shape thus encouraging others toward self love .. but they think im showin off . lol . the irony."


TORRES TOPS TWO: Diego Torres celebrates his first No. 1 on Latin Songs, as "Guapa" blasts 7-1. The song soars as the chart's Greatest Gainer (13.6 million in audience, up 50%).

The Buenos Aires, Argentina-born singer rules for the first time with his 10th chart entry. He first appeared on Latin Songs April 27, 1996, with the No. 16-peaking "Penelope."

On Latin Pop Songs, "Guapa" advances 2-1 to become Torres' second leader on the list. He spent a week at No. 1 with "Se Que Ya No Volveras" on the chart dated June 7, 1997.


COMPLETE BEAT: On the Billboard Hot 100 to be released tomorrow (May 20), Katy Perry, with a top 10 entrance, will easily notch her highest debut to date with "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg. Check tomorrow's Chart Beat posting for a rundown of the Golden State-themed songs to make the chart's biggest splashes, as well as highlights of Billboard's entire assortment of sales and airplay surveys.