Fred discusses David Archuleta's chart position, Rihanna 'Bowing' on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Monica and Brandy's return to the charts and more!
'CRUSH' TO JUDGMENT: Different artists have different feelings about the Billboard charts. Some follow the ups and downs of their own hits carefully, others couldn't care less.
Vanessa Carlton told me that, "the confines of public approval can be pretty oppressive," so she doesn't like to know where she is on the charts. Others aren't quite sure how many chart-toppers they have, while some will never forget where they were when they found out they had their first No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Agnetha Faltskog once told me how the members of ABBA discovered that "Dancing Queen" had achieved pole position in America: "We were at the office together that day and suddenly we heard a scream, 'ABBA is No. 1 this week in the States.' That was a big moment. We celebrated with a bottle of champagne."
So it's nice to report that the artist who earns Hot Shot Debut honors on this week's Hot 100 has an obsession with the charts. More accurately, and at the risk of self-aggrandizing, he is obsessed with my Billboard chart books. With his new single entering at No. 2, he has assured himself a place in the next edition of "Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits," even if he has to wait a few years to see his current single listed among the top 5000 songs of the rock era.
David Archuleta is the young man whose new single, "Crush" (19/Jive), debuts at No. 2, thus becoming the highest new entry of 2008 and the highest debut ever for an "Americn Idol" song not performed on the series.
Opening at No. 2 gives Archuleta a victory over the contestant who beat him in the seventh season "Idol" competition. David Cook's peak position to date on the Hot 100 is No. 3, the debut rank for "The Time of My Life." While Cook could still earn his first No. 1 on the Hot 100, for now, Archuleta is the second runner-up to outperform the "Idol" winner from the same season. The first was Clay Aiken, who went to No. 1 in 2003 with "This Is the Night" while second season champ Ruben Studdard peaked at No. 2 with "Flying Without Wings."
"Crush," which debuts at No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs, is the fourth entry for Archuleta on the Hot 100. His first three all debuted the week of June 7 and spent one week each on the tally: his version of John Lennon's "Imagine" at No. 36, Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" at No. 58 and "In This Moment" at No. 60.
"Crush" is the seventh single to debut inside the top 10 of the Hot 100 in 2008, including Taylor Swift's "Change," which enters this week at No. 10. Here is a summary of these high-flying seven:
No. 2: "Crush," David Archuleta (Aug. 30)
No. 3: "The Time of My Life," David Cook (June 7)
No. 5: "Burnin' Up," Jonas Brothers (July 12)
No. 8: "Tonight," Jonas Brothers (Aug. 16)
No. 9: "New Soul," Yael Naim (Feb. 16)
No. 9: "Forever," Chris Brown (May 10)
No. 10: "Change," Taylor Swift (Aug. 30)
"Crush" is the highest-debuting single since the No. 2 bow of Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" the week of Feb. 3, 2007.
And here is a summary of songs recorded by "American Finalists" but not performed during the course of competition that have debuted in the top 10:
No. 2: "Crush," David Archuleta (Aug. 30, 2008)
No. 6: "I'll Stand By You," Carrie Underwood (May 12, 2007)
No. 8: "Never Again," Kelly Clarkson (May 12, 2007)
Carrie Underwood performed "I'll Stand By You" on the "Idol Gives Back" episode of season six, but as a former contestant, was not in competition.
One final "Crush" note: two previous songs with "Crush" in the title peaked at No. 3, so Archuleta's "Crush" has bested both of them. The Jets' "Crush on You" found its way to third place the week of June 21, 1986, and Jennifer Paige's "Crush" landed at No. 3 the week of Sept. 5, 1998.
TAKING A BOW, AT LAST: It may surprise you, since she's had four No. 1 hits on the Hot 100, but with Rihanna's "Take a Bow" (SRP/Def Jam) advancing 3-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the Barbadian-born artist earns her first chart-topper on this tally. In fact, "Take a Bow" is only Rihanna's second R&B/Hip-Hop top 10 hit, following "Umbrella," which peaked at No. 4 in July 2007.
While "Take a Bow" rules the R&B/Hip-Hop list, Rihanna remains No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a second week with "Disturbia."
BUT IS THE BOY STILL THEIRS?: Two solo female artists who teamed up 10 years ago to produce the biggest hit of their careers return to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week after an absence of a year or more for each of them.
"The Boy Is Mine" was No. 1 for eight weeks in 1998 on the R&B list for Brandy and Monica. This week, Brandy's label debut on Epic, "Right Here (Departed)," enters at No. 70. It's Brandy's first chart entry since "Who Is She 2 U" peaked at No. 43 in September 2004.
A little further down the current chart, "Still Standing" by Monica featuring Ludacris enters at No. 78. Monica was last on the R&B/Hip-Hop survey with "Sideline Ho," which topped out at No. 45 in March 2007.
LIKE THE TITLE SAYS: It's been a long time since I could write a Chart Beat item that says, "the latest song by Journey enters the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart." How long? Almost 12 years. "After All These Years" (Nomota) marches 12-10 this week, placing Journey in the AC top 10 for the first time since the week of April 5, 1997, when "When You Love a Woman" was No. 10 in its 25th and final week inside that upper echelon. During those 25 weeks, "When You Love a Woman" spent three weeks at No. 1.
"After All These Years" is the fourth Journey song to visit the AC top 10. Here is a list of those top 10 titles:
"Open Arms," No. 7 (1982)
"I'll Be Alright Without You," No. 7 (1987)
"When You Love a Woman," No. 1 (1996)
"After All These Years," No. 10 to date (2008)
IN TRIBUTE: Many fans paid their respects to the late Isaac Hayes this week by purchasing one of his albums, giving the legendary artist a career first: two of his albums enter Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the first double debut for Hayes.
"Forever: Isaac Hayes" (Concord) is new at No. 87, while "The Very Best of Isaac Hayes" (Stax/Concord) bows at No. 57. Hayes was last on the chart in late 2005, when "Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?" peaked at No. 53.
Hayes made his R&B album chart debut in July 1969 with an album that became a classic, "Hot Buttered Soul." His latest posthumous debuts give him an album chart span of 39 years, one month and three weeks.
On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums, Hayes makes his first appearance, with four albums making simultaneous debuts. The "Ultimate Isaac Hayes" set is new at No. 6, followed by "Greatest Hit Singles" (Stax/Concord) at No. 11, "Hot Buttered Soul" (Stax/Concord) at No. 12 and "Greatest Love Songs" (Hip-O) at No. 23.
ANNUAL EVENT: "Playlist: The Very Best of Elvis Presley" (RCA/Legacy) enters The Billboard 200 at No. 188, the second Presley album to bow on this chart in 2008. This is the 15th Elvis album to debut this millennium, and this is the fifth year of this century that more than one of the King's albums have entered the chart in the same year. Presley had multiple debuts in 2002 (three), 2003 (two), 2005 (two) and 2007 (three).
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: As expected, the Jonas Brothers score their first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "A Little Bit Longer" enters in pole position. The siblings' first chart entry, "It's About Time," only went to No. 91 on the chart dated Aug. 26, 2006. One year later to the week, the self-titled "Jonas Brothers" peaked at No. 5. Now, one year later to that week, the teenagers have their first No. 1 on this tally, becoming the first trio of brothers to top the chart since the Bee Gees' "Greatest" was No. 1 the week of Jan. 12, 1980.
With second album "Jonas Brothers" rebounding 11-10, the boys are the first group to have two simultaneous top 10 albums since 'N Sync's eponymous set was No. 2 and "Home for Christmas" was No. 10.
Sharp-eyed chart-watchers may have already noticed, but take a look at the top seven albums on this week's edition of The Billboard 200 and see if you notice anything newsworthy:
No. 1: "A Little Bit Longer," Jonas Brothers
No. 2: "Mamma Mia!" Original Soundtrack
No. 3: "Rock N Roll Jesus," Kid Rock
No. 4: "Breakout," Miley Cyrus
No. 5: "Love on the Inside," Sugarland
No. 6: "Tha Carter III," Lil Wayne
No. 7: "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," Coldplay
That's right, all seven albums have spent time at No. 1. That's the biggest monopoly of No. 1 albums at the top of this chart in memory, going back to 1963, when the separate mono and stereo album charts were combined into one tally.