Fred discusses hot chart action Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson and more!
A HIT, ONE MORE TIME: For the second week in a row, the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 has been broken. Just seven days ago, I was writing about T.I. and Rihanna racing 80-1 with "Live Your Life," besting the 71-1 move of T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" six weeks earlier.
That new record set by "Live Your Life" only lasted one week, as Britney Spears' "Womanizer" (Jive) blasts 96-1, almost - but not quite - the biggest jump to pole position possible.
There are only four other positions on the chart from which an artist could make a greater bound to the top. Once a single does take the inevitable 100-1 ride, we can all be assured the record will never be broken again.
Looking at this week's Hot 100 might make you wonder if that 100-1 jump is going to happen next week. Debuting in the anchor slot is a new Beyonce single, "If I Were a Boy" (Music World/Columbia). But don't look for a new record to be set when you read the next edition of Chart Beat. "If I Were a Boy" is charting based on early airplay - that's the same way Spears' "Womanizer" entered at No. 96 last week. The difference is that a digital single of "If I Were a Boy" wasn't released this week, so there isn't going to be an injection of sales to fuel a big "Boy" move. Additional airplay will allow the Beyonce track to move up, and an eventual digital release could result in an impressive jump to first place, but not a record-setting move.
Since we have a new record-holder, here is an update of the list published last week, summarizing the dozen songs that have leapt to No. 1 from No. 31 or below:
96-1: "Womanizer," Britney Spears (Oct. 25, 2008)
80-1: "Live Your Life," T.I. featuring Rihanna (Oct. 18, 2008)
71-1: "Whatever You Like," T.I. (Sept. 6, 2008)
64-1: "Makes Me Wonder," Maroon 5 (Sept. 12, 2007)
53-1: "Take a Bow," Rihanna (May 24, 2008)
52-1: "A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson (Oct. 5, 2002)
51-1: "Love in This Club," Usher featuring Young Jeezy (March 15, 2008)
42-1: "Give It to Me," Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado (April 21, 2007)
41-1: "Umbrella," Rihanna featuring Jay-Z (June 9, 2007)
34-1: "SOS," Rihanna (May 13, 2006)
32-1: "This Is Why I'm Hot," Mims (March 10, 2007)
31-1: "SexyBack," Justin Timberlake (Sept. 9, 2006)
"Womanizer" puts Britney back in control of the Hot 100 for the first time in nine years and nine months, since her first chart entry, "...Baby One More Time" ruled the list. That's the longest gap between No. 1 songs since Cher's "Believe" moved into the penthouse 10 days shy of 25 years after "Dark Lady."
"Believe" began its reign in March 1999, just four weeks after "...Baby One More Time" ended its run at the top.
"Womanizer" is Spears' 18th chart entry and sixth top 10 hit. Two of her three biggest hits have occurred in the last 13 months. Here's how those half-dozen top 10 songs fared:
No. 1: "...Baby One More Time" (1999)
No. 1: "Womanizer" (2008)
No. 3: "Gimme More" (2007)
No. 9: "Ooops!...I Did It Again" (2000)
No. 9: "Toxic" (2004)
No. 10: "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (1999)
Finally, Spears is one of just a small group of artists who have spent time at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in the 20th and 21st centuries. The other members of this elite club are Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child, Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Usher and Mariah Carey. Justin Timberlake and Krayzie Bone have No. 1s in this century as solo artists and in the last century as members of groups - 'N Sync and Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, respectfully.
HIGHEST AND LOWEST As a lead artist, Beyonce achieves the highest and lowest debuts of her career this week, albeit on different charts. As mentioned above, "If I Were a Boy" bows at No. 100 on the Hot 100, her lowest first-week position in history. Of her 17 chart entries as a solo artist, the highest opening position was the No. 12 debut of "Ring the Alarm" in September 2006 (the highest new entry for a Destiny's Child single was the No. 30 debut of "Lose My Breath" in September 2004).
Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, a different Beyonce song. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," starts at No. 20, her highest debut as a lead artist. Five months ago, "Love in This Club Part II," credited to Usher featuring Beyonce and Lil Wayne, entered at No. 14.
"If I Were a Boy" also enters the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, at No. 61. The highest new entry for Destiny's Child on this tally was the No. 20 bow of "No, No, No" in November 1997.
VOULEZ-VOUS RETOURNEZ: Yes, they want to return. The trio of divas known as Labelle has recorded its first new album since 1976, as reported by Gail Mitchell in the Oct. 18 issue of Billboard. This week, the first single, "Roll Out" (Verve), enters the Adult R&B chart at No. 37.
This is Labelle's first time on this tally, although Patti LaBelle has placed 13 titles on this chart, including the No. 1 hits "The Right Kinda Lover" (1994), "When You Talk About Love" (1997) and "Gotta Go Solo" (2005).
If "Roll Out" rolls over to the Hot 100, it will be the first Labelle single to chart since "What Can I Do for You" went to No. 48 in June 1975.
BRIGHTER LIGHTS: Jennifer Hudson's "Spotlight" (Arista) advances to No. 1 on two charts: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. "Spotlight" is only the second song by an "Idol" finalist to reach the top rung of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The first was Fantasia's "When I See U," which ruled for eight weeks in 2007. Fantasia was the winner of season three, the same year that Hudson was voted off in seventh place.
Thanks to her new pair of No. 1s, Hudson has a revised total of five chart-toppers on various Billboard charts, pushing her past David Cook into 11th place among the 24 "Idol" contestants who have spent time at No. 1. Here is how the revised totals look, with Hudson's two new No. 1s included:
Kelly Clarkson 45
Carrie Underwood 33
Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) 24
Ruben Studdard 15
Clay Aiken 11
Kimberley Locke 8
Josh Gracin 7
Jordin Sparks 6
Jennifer Hudson 5
David Cook 4
Taylor Hicks 3
Elliott Yamin 3
American Idol Finalists 2
David Archuleta 2
Bo Bice 2
Kellie Pickler 2
Chris Sligh 2
Paris Bennett 1
Bucky Covington 1
Diana DeGarmo 1
Tamyra Gray 1
William Hung 1
The two new No. 1s for Hudson increases the total number of chart-toppers for the TV franchise to 207.
STILL FREEWHEELIN' AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: The times, they may be a-changin', but Bob Dylan is still relevant. His chart span on The Billboard 200 expands to 45 years, one month and three weeks, from his September 1963 debut album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" to his latest entry, "The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006" (Columbia/Legacy), new at No. 6.
This 2008 release is the 50th Dylan album to chart, and his 18th to reach the top 10. The last Dylan album to earn top 10 status was "Modern Times," which spent one week at No. 1 in September 2006. Of Dylan's 18 top 10 titles, 11 have charted higher than "Vol. 8" in the "Bootleg" series.
VETERANS' WEEK: Bob Dylan isn't the only artist with a career dating back to the 20th century to have a new album debut on The Billboard 200. The Pretenders, the Clash and Oasis are also back on the chain gang again.
Of the three, the Clash has the longest chart span: 29 years and eight months from the debut of "Give 'Em Enough Rope" in February 1979 to this week's No. 93 new entry of "Live at Shea Stadium" (Epic/Legacy). It's the first Clash album to chart since "The Essential Clash" peaked at No. 99 in March 2003. "Live at Shea Stadium" is the highest-charting Clash album in 22 years, since "Cut the Crap" went to No. 88 in 1986.
The Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde with a new line-up of musicians) have stretched their chart span to 28 years and nine months, from the debut of an eponymous LP in January 1980 to the No. 32 new entry of "Break Up the Concrete" (Shangri-La). It's the first Pretenders set to chart since "Loose Screw" did a turn at No. 179 in November 2002, and like the new Clash release, is the highest-charting Pretenders album in 22 years, since "Get Close" snuggled up to No. 25 in 1986.
Oasis has been charting since "Definitely Maybe" debuted in February 1995, so its chart span grows to 13 years, eight months and two weeks, thanks to the No. 5 debut of "Dig Out Your Soul" (Big Brother/Reprise). This is the first Oasis album on the band's new label, and the first to chart since a greatest hits collection went to No. 89 in December 2006. "Dig Out" is the highest-charting Clash album since "Be Here Now" peaked at No. 2 in September 1997. The only other Clash album to chart higher than "Dig Out" was "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?," No. 4 in February 1996.
SHE'S THE 'BOSSY': Lindsay Lohan's first single to chart on Hot Dance Club Play, "Bossy" (Universal Motown), becomes her first No. 1 hit on this chart. It is Lohan's second No. 1 on any Billboard singles chart; her only previous chart-topper was "Over," which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 survey in February-March 2005.
HERE THEY GROW AGAIN: Three weeks ago, I reported on the status of the "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack, which was then tied for seventh place among the longest-running motion picture soundtracks on the Top Soundtracks chart. That Decca release has moved up to third place:
34 weeks: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2001)
21 weeks: "Ray" (2004)
13 weeks: "Mamma Mia!" (2008)
12 weeks: "Chicago" (2003)
12 weeks: "Dreamgirls" (2007)
11 weeks: "8 Mile" (2002)
11 weeks: "Juno" (2008)
10 weeks: "Bad Boys II" (2003)
10 weeks: "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (2005)
"Mamma Mia!" is unlikely to catch "Ray," as the new "High School Musical 3" album is a sure bet to debut in pole position.
THE SOUND OF IRELAND: Twice in my life I have lived in the United Kingdom, and during those years, it never failed to amaze me how every release by Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell would make the charts.
The same wasn't true in the United States, but that was then and this is now. O'Donnell made his first appearance on Top World Music Albums in 2003 and hasn't looked back. "At Home in Ireland" (DPTV Media) is his 28th title to appear on this chart, more than any other artist.
By soaring 8-3, "At Home in Ireland" is O'Donnell's 14th album to reach the top five, also a record. O'Donnell was previously tied with the Gipsy Kings, who slide to second place with a total of 13 top five albums.