Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more!
IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's even rarer for two versions of the same song to occupy adjacent positions, but it happens this week with "All Summer Long."
Kid Rock's original rebounds 29-28, while a cover by the Rock Heroes leaps 38-29. It's the first time that two versions of the same song appear back-to-back on the Hot 100 since the week of July 16, 2005. Carrie Underwood slid 3-4 that week with her former No. 1 hit, "Inside Your Heaven," while Bo Bice dropped 2-5 with his rendition. The top two finalists on the fourth season of "American Idol," Carrie and Bo both sang "Inside Your Heaven" on the last night of competition, and both released the song as their debut singles.
As one could deduce from their "last week" positions, Underwood and Bice were next to each other on the Hot 100 for two weeks in a row, as their "Heavens" were No. 2 and No. 3 the week of July 9.
'SPOTLIGHT' SHINES: Speaking of "American Idol" finalists, Jennifer Hudson gives the franchise its 203rd No. 1, counting all national, domestic charts compiled by Billboard. Hudson's "Spotlight" (Arista) captures first place on the Adult R&B survey.
From the time the popular TV series had its first Billboard No. 1 (Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" topped the Hot 100 the week of Oct. 5, 2002), it took almost four years to amass 100 No. 1s. The 100th "Idol" No. 1 also belonged to Clarkson; her single "Walk Away" topped the Hot 100 Recurrents chart the week of Aug. 12, 2006. It has taken just over two additional years for those 100 "Idol" No. 1s to double and pass the 200 mark.
"Spotlight" is Hudson's third chart entry on Adult R&B and her first No. 1. In March 2007, her version of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack peaked at No. 3. In July 2007, "Leaving Tonight," credited to Ne-Yo featuring Jennifer Hudson, went to No. 26.
Here's how the 203 No. 1s by "Idol" contestants are distributed among seven seasons worth of vocalists:
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
David Cook 4
Taylor Hicks 3
Jennifer Hudson 3
Elliott Yamin 3
American Idol Finalists 2
David Archuleta 2
Bo Bice 2
Kellie Pickler 2
Paris Bennett 1
Bucky Covington 1
Diana DeGarmo 1
Tamyra Gray 1
Chris Sligh 1
William Hung 1
SHOULD 'WOMAN' STAY: If "Woman" (Jive) by Raheem DeVaughn is still on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart next week, it will be one of the top 10 longest-running titles in the history of this survey (although thanks to a tie, there would be 11 songs in the top 10).
It's more than likely than "Woman" will be hanging around, as it holds at No. 37 this week, in its 56th frame.
Here is a summary of this chart's top 10 longest visitors:
75 weeks: "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige
71 weeks: "You Make Me Wanna...," Usher
70 weeks: "Step in the Name of Love," R. Kelly
68 weeks: "Can't Let Go," Anthony Hamilton
63 weeks: "In My Bed," Dru Hill
60 weeks: "Looking for You," Kirk Franklin 60 weeks: "Too Close," Next
58 weeks: "When I See U," Fantasia
57 weeks: "I Wanna Know," Joe
57 weeks: "teachme," Musiq Soulchild
Also closing in on the top 10 is "Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige. That song is in its 53rd chart week, making it one of 18 songs in the history of the R&B/Hip-Hop list that have remained on the chart for more than one year. Blige already is the longevity champ; her "Be Without You" charted for 75 weeks.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Three artists make dramatic returns this week, starting with Jon B on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The Rhode Island-born singer opens at No. 98 with "Oh So Sexy" (VibeZelect). It's Jon B's first single to appear on this chart since "Don't Talk" peaked at No. 21 in March 2001. "Sexy" is Jon B's eighth chart entry in a span of 13 years, five months and two weeks, dating back to the debut of "Someone to Love" (billed to Jon B featuring Babyface) the week of April 29, 1995.
Guitarist Elvin Bishop is back on Top Blues Albums, after a three-year gap. "The Blues Rolls On" (Delta Groove) is a new entry at No. 5. Bishop's only previous appearance on this chart took place in September 2005, when "Gettin' My Groove Back" peaked at No. 9.
Over on Top Jazz Albums, the legendary Herbie Hancock has his first chart entry in six years. "Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock" (Verve) is new at No. 8. It's Hancock's first album to appear on this tally since "Directions in Music (Celebrating Miles Davis and John Coltrane)" peaked at No. 2. That album was credited to Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove. That makes Hancock's latest release his first solo chart entry in 10 years, since his "Gershwin's World" spent five weeks at No. 1.
If you're thinking, "Wait, what about Herbie's Grammy-winning 'River: The Joni Letters,'" good thought, but that set charted on a different survey, Top Contemporary Jazz Albums, where it occupied the penthouse for 29 weeks and is still No. 6 this week. In fact, "River" made its debut on the Contemporary Jazz list exactly one year ago this week.
ALSO RETURNING: Three other artists who can rightfully be called legends return to The Billboard 200 this week, but not after long absences.
Bette Midler is back with "Jackpot: The Best Bette" (Atlantic/Rhino), a greatest hits collection that should sell plenty of copies in the gift shop at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where she is playing the Colosseum theater. "Jackpot" is new at No. 66 and is Midler's first chart album since her holiday-themed "Cool Yule" jingled all the way to No. 33 in December 2006.
Counting the soundtracks to "The Rose" and "Beaches," this is Midler's 22nd chart album since she debuted with "The Divine Miss M" in December 1972.
Jackson Browne bows at No. 20 with "Time the Conqueror" (Inside). Seven months ago, he debuted and peaked at No. 24 with "Solo Acoustic Vol. 2." Browne has charted 17 albums since making his debut in March 1972 with an eponymous LP, but this is the first time he has had two albums enter The Billboard 200 in the same calendar year. "Time" is his highest-charting album in 25 years, since "Lawyers in Love" soared to No. 8 in 1983.
Solo albums by Pink Floyd member David Gilmour are infrequent, but after charting as a solo artist in 1978, 1984 and 2006, Gilmour makes a "quick" return with "Live in Gdansk" (Columbia), new at No. 26.