Chart Beat Wednesday: Muse, Billy Currington, Mariah Carey
TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD: Muse makes history on the Alternative Songs chart, "Resistance" charges 6-1. With the British band's former 17-week No. 1 "Uprising" at No. 3, the group becomes the first act in the survey's 21-year archives to claim two of the top three spots simultaneously.
Two acts had previously doubled up in the top four: Green Day in 2005 ("Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Holiday") and Foo Fighters in 2008 ("The Pretender," "Long Road to Ruin").
"Resistance" vaults to the top as the chart's Greatest Gainer for the second consecutive week. The song joins Green Day's "Know Your Enemy" (8-1, last May) as the only tracks in the last 15 years to soar to No. 1 from outside the top five (excluding three debuts at the apex: R.E.M.'s "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" in 1994), Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California" in 2006) and Linkin Park's "What I've Done" in 2007).
With its 18th total week at No. 1, Muse matches format forefathers the Cure for 10th-most frames spent at the summit. Red Hot Chili Peppers lead all acts with 81 combined weeks at No. 1.
NO. 1 'COUNTRY' SONG: Billy Currington logs his fourth No. 1 on Country Songs, as "That's How Country Boys Roll" rocks 2-1. The Rincon, Georgia, native previously ruled with "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" (two weeks, 2005), "Good Directions" (three weeks, 2007) and "People Are Crazy" (two weeks, beginning last July).
With Currington's new leader, the '10s mark the fifth consecutive decade that Country Songs has housed a No. 1 with the genre's name in its title. Here is a look at the select 16 chart-topping titles to sport the word "country" since Billboard began the survey in 1944:
"That's How Country Boys Roll," Billy Currington (2010)
"She's Country," Jason Aldean (2009)
"Country Boy," Alan Jackson (2009)
"Ladies Love Country Boys," Trace Adkins (2007)
"Play Something Country," Brooks & Dunn (2005)
"Gone Country," Alan Jackson (1995)
"A Jukebox With a Country Song," Doug Stone (1992)
"Country Boy," Ricky Skaggs (1985)
"Country Girls," John Schneider (1985)
"I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," Barbara Mandrell (1981)
"I'm Just a Country Boy," Don Williams (1977)
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy," John Denver (1975)
"Country Is," Tom T. Hall (1974)
"Country Bumpkin," Cal Smith (1974)
"A Week in a Country Jail," Tom T. Hall (1970)
"Country Girl," Faron Young (1959)
CAREY ON: Mariah Carey makes her 28th visit to the Adult Contemporary chart, as "Angels Cry" starts at No. 30. The song marks the first appearance on the list for featured artist Ne-Yo.
The ballad is the second song from Carey's album "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" to reach the tally, following the No. 10-peaking "I Want to Know What Love Is." Carey had not charted two tracks from the same album on Adult Contemporary since the title cut from "Butterfly" (No. 11) and "My All" (No. 18) in 1997-98.
First released on "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" without Ne-Yo, the new version of "Angels Cry" previews Carey's duets/remix album "Angels Advocate," due March 30.
COMPLETE BEAT: As previously reported, Taio Cruz rockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Break Your Heart." The ascent sets two records: largest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100 entry, and biggest vault to the top for a debut track by a solo male. Check tomorrow's posting of Chart Beat for more on Cruz's coronation, as well as highlights from Billboard's entire menu of charts.