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Hi Gary,

I enjoyed your Chart Beat article Tuesday about Kristine W. One question: doesn't Donna Summer have at least 15 No. 1s on Dance/Club Play Songs? Joel Whitburn's book "Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003" notes that she earned 12 No. 1s during that period. I believe Summer notched three more leaders from her 2008 album "Crayons," which would make 15.


Neil F.
Stamford, Connecticut

Hi Neil,

Glad you enjoyed the Q&A with Kristine W. From overcoming serious health issues to helming her own label, the determination she's constantly shown in her career illuminates why she's become one of dance music's most successful acts.

As for one of her favorite artists, Donna Summer has totaled 13 No. 1s on Dance/Club Play Songs.

You are correct that Joel Whitburn's book through 2003 lists 12 No. 1s, and that she added three more in 2008-09. However, Whitburn's research includes chart data from the publication Record World, not Billboard, from March 29, 1975 through August 21, 1976, after which Billboard introduced the magazine's "first national chart, called National Disco Action Top 30." (Billboard dance charts from inception on Oct. 26, 1974, through March 22, 1975, comprised a rotation of city-specific hits).

Summer's first two No. 1s in Whitburn's book - "Love to Love You Baby" (1975) and "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It" (1976) - are based on Record World archives, not Billboard, so her Billboard No. 1 count on what is now known as Dance/Club Play Songs stands at 13.


Hi Gary,

In continuing with your excellent sports-meets-music coverage of the Olympics, there's a significant Canadian connection on this week's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

As one of your readers recently noted, the two most previous R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart-toppers featured Canadian artists: Toronto-born Melanie Fiona, with her solid nine-week run of "It Kills Me," preceded by "I Invented Sex" by Trey Songz featuring fellow Torontonian Drake. This week, a direct Canadian descendant commands the chart: Robin Thicke with "Sex Therapy." Okay, Robin was born in the U.S.A., but his dad, actor Alan, is Canadian.

(When I saw that Thicke's "Sex Therapy" jumped into the top slot of R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, I immediately thought about sex. Well, "sex" in songs, with that tune being the third "sex"-y No. 1 in succession. "It Kills Me" was bookended by two "sex" songs. First, there were two guys explaining how they invented it, then the glorious Fiona goes through a major dilemma about man matters, and then Robin offers his counsel. It all goes together so well).


Pablo Nelson
Berkeley, California

Hi Pablo,

You've clearly illustrated that, on our charts, Team Canada is continuing to race to No. 1 finishes.

Regarding the Olympics, music impacted the highly-entertaining 2010 Winter Games even on their last day. On Sunday (Feb. 28), Sidney Crosby dramatically won the gold for the Canadian hockey team with his overtime goal over the U.S. Rick Nash was a teammate. That night, Toronto's Neil Young performed at the closing ceremonies. Thus, the Olympics wrapped with ... Crosby's skills, Nash and Young.

(If only they gave out medals for bad puns ...)