Fred discusses chart action from Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and more!
URBAN RENEWAL: Like the Beatles owning the top five songs on The Billboard Hot 100, this is a record that will be difficult, if not impossible, to ever break. The latest hit by Keith Urban has taken the longest time from a track's debut week on Hot Country Songs to its first week at No. 1. For "You Look Good in My Shirt" (Capitol), it's not a matter of how many weeks it took to achieve pole position or even how many months. The song moves into first place four years, one month and four weeks after making its debut on the chart.
To be fair, "Shirt" first charted as a track from Urban's "Golden Road" album. The song wasn't being worked to radio as a single, but received enough unsolicited airplay to appear on the tally for one week, entering and peaking at No. 60. As a track from Urban's 2008 extra-tracks edition of his "Greatest Hits" album, a re-recorded version of "Shirt" returned to the survey this year, on the chart dated June 14. "Shirt" is now in its 14th chart week, counting that lone seven-day period from 2004.
"Shirt" is Urban's eighth No. 1 on Hot Country Songs and his 19th chart entry. He made his first appearance on this list the week of Aug. 28, 1999, with "It's a Love Thing." From "Thing" to "Shirt," his chart span is now nine years and one week.
Here is a recap of Urban's No. 1 hits:
"But for the Grace of God," one week (2001)
"Somebody Like You," six weeks (2002)
"Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," one week (2003)
"You'll Think of Me," two weeks (2004)
"Days Go By," four weeks (2004)
"Making Memories of Us," five weeks (2005)
"Better Life," six weeks (2005)
"You Look Good in My Shirt," one week to date (2008)
IN LOVE WITH 'LIKE': Maybe the records set by the Beatles and Keith Urban won't be broken, but every rare now and then one record that does fall is the one for biggest jump to No. 1 on the Hot 100. The Beatles held the record for 38 years with the 27-1 leap for "Can't Buy Me Love" in 1964. That record was smashed in 2002 when Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" rocketed 52-1.
The first "American Idol" winner held the record for just over four-and-a-half years, until Maroon 5 took a 64-1 jump in 2007 with "Makes Me Wonder."
Now it has only taken 16 months for Maroon 5's record to be broken. T.I. is the new long jump champ, with a 71-1 bound for "Whatever You Like" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic).
"Like" is the first No. 1 for T.I. as a lead artist. He spent three weeks in the penthouse in November 2006 as the featured artist on Justin Timberlake's "My Love."
NUMBER NINE, NUMBER NINE, NUMBER NINE: The last two songs by Pink to appear on the Hot 100 ("U + Ur Hand" and "Who Knew") both peaked at No. 9, so it's fitting that the brand-new single by Pink, "So What" (LaFace), enters the chart at No. 9. That's the highest new entry of Pink's career, beating the No. 24 debut of "Stupid Girls" the week of Feb. 25, 2006. Right behind the debut of "Stupid Girls" was the No. 25 bow of Pink's very first chart entry, "There You Go" in March 2000.
Of course, "So What" got to No. 9 much faster than "U + Ur Hand" and "Who Knew." The former reached ninth place in its 17th week and the latter in its 15th week. If "So What" continues to ascend, it will be one of Pink's biggest hits to date. Six of her Hot 100 entries have charted higher than No. 9:
No. 1: "Lady Marmalade" (2001) [Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink]
No. 4: "Most Girls" (2000)
No. 4: "Get the Party Started" (2001)
No. 7: "There You Go" (2000)
No. 8: "Don't Let Me Get Me" (2002)
No. 8: "Just Like a Pill" (2002)
Counting her two previous songs that peaked at No. 9 and her latest single, Pink has nine top 10 hits to her credit.
ENTER METALLICA: "The Day That Never Comes" (Warner Bros.) is the first Metallica song to debut on the Hot 100 in eight years, since the prophetically-titled "I Disappear" peaked at No. 76 in June 2000.
"The Day" arrives at No. 31, the highest first week position for a Metallica track since "The Memory Remains" also opened at No. 31 in November 1997. Only one Metallica single had a higher entry point; "Until It Sleeps" started at No. 10 the week of June 8, 1996. "Sleeps" remains Metallica's lone top 10 hit to date.
STILL ON THE LINE: Returning to the label where he earned a majority of his hits, Glen Campbell's covers album, "Meet Glen Campbell" (Capitol), returns the veteran artist to Top Country Albums for the first time with a new studio set in 20 years. "Meet" is a new entry at No. 27.
Prior to "Meet," Campbell charted with two best-of collections. "20 Greatest Hits" peaked at No. 71 in April 2000 and "All the Best" went to No. 12 in February 2003. Campbell last charted with an album of new studio material in 1988, when "Light Years" traveled to No. 58. "Meet Glen Campbell" is his highest-charting album of new studio material since "Basic" checked in at No. 17 in 1976.
Campbell made his first appearance on the country albums chart in October 1967 with "Gentle on My Mind." Thanks to "Meet Glen Campbell," his album chart span expands to 40 years and 11 months.
On The Billboard 200, "Meet Glen Campbell" debuts at No. 155. It is his first album to register on this chart since "All the Best" peaked at No. 89 in February 2003.
FOUR YOU BLUE: For the first time in the history of the Top Bluegrass Albums chart, the top four titles on the list are all new entries. This historical quartet is:
No. 1: "Bill Gaither Presents: Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume One," Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends
No. 2: "Bill Gaither Presents: Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume Two," Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends
No. 3: "Gravity's Our Enemy," Cadillac Sky
No. 4: "Glide," Jerry Douglas
In terms of debuts, this is the best week on this chart since Sept. 16, 2006, when "Big Iron World" by Old Crow Medicine Show bowed at No. 1 and "Long List of Heartaches" by the Grascals entered at No. 2.