BY THE TIME PHOENIX GETS TO NO. 1 ...: It only seems like 109 years.
Phoenix's "1901" reaches the summit of the Alternative Songs survey in its 31st chart week, marking the longest trip to the top since the list launched on Sept. 10, 1988.
Here is a look at the four entries on Alternative Songs to be rewarded with No. 1 rankings after a chart journey of at least six months:
Weeks to No. 1, Title, Artist, Peak Date
31, "1901," Phoenix, Feb. 20, 2010
29, "Feel Good Drag," Anberlin, May 2, 2009
27, "Wasteland," 10 Years, Feb. 25, 2006
26, "Paralyzer," Finger Eleven, Aug. 25, 2007
The ascension to No. 1 for "1901" also stands out as an achievement for Phoenix's label, Glassnote Records. The song is just the fourth Alternative Songs leader on an independent label, following the Offspring's "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)" (Epitaph, 1994), Everlast's "What It's Like" (Tommy Boy, 1998) and Silversun Pickups' "Panic Switch" (dangerbird, 2009).
Says Glassnote president/CEO Daniel Glass of the song, which has received exposure in Cadillac's long-running SRX television campaign, "'1901' received its first spin at radio on March 2, 2009, and almost a year later it has reached No. 1. This is a perfect example of our commitment to artist development. We are thrilled and proud."
The coronation of "1901," which Phoenix's lead singer Thomas Mars describes as "a fantasy about Paris, (which was) better (then) than it is now," follows the French band's Grammy Award victory Jan. 31 for Best Alternative Music Album for "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix."
INTERSCOPE INTO TOP 10: Two of Interscope Records' premier acts add to their already impressive resumes on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart.
With a 13-10 rise for "Imma Be" on the tally, the Black Eyed Peas tie for most top 10s among groups in the chart's 17-year history.
The song is the Black Eyed Peas' ninth top 10, lifting the quartet past Destiny's Child and into a first-place tie with 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys. Following Destiny's Child with seven top 10s each are Boyz II Men, Matchbox Twenty and Nickelback.
"Imma Be" is the fourth Pop Songs top 10 from the Billboard 200 No. 1 album "The E.N.D." "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" each spent seven weeks at No. 1, and "Meet Me Halfway" peaked at No. 10.
Climbing 11-8 with "Telephone," Lady Gaga becomes the first female artist to send her first six chart entries into the Pop Songs top 10 since Christina Aguilera likewise began with six top 10s in 1999-2001.
Beyonce, featured on "Telephone," collects her 11th solo top 10.
KUTLESS SUPREME: Charting on the Christian Songs airplay list since 2004, Kutless celebrates its first No. 1 with "What Faith Can Do," the act's lucky 13th chart entry.
The Portland, Oregon-based band displaces Casting Crowns' "Until the World Hears" from the summit, but it's unlikely the latter act will hold a grudge: the groups are touring together through March 25.
Also notable on Christian Songs is the debut at No. 48, where Owl City crosses over with "Fireflies." The track topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Digital Songs in November and Adult Pop Songs three weeks ago.
COMPLETE BEAT: Yesterday (Feb. 9), Chart Beat looked back at this week in 1990, when Paula Abdul ruled the Billboard 200 and Hot 100. This week, another act that topped both tallies in 1990 scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Video Sales chart since that year. Read tomorrow's posting of Chart Beat for more on the reunited boy band that steps up to block the competition and celebrates hangin' a new No. 1.