Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Kimberley Locke and more!
BIGGEST JUMP OF THE CENTURY: Thanks to street date violations, the physical CD release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (TBD/ATO) entered The Billboard 200 last week at No. 156. This week, the album becomes the first set to leap more than 100 places to No. 1 in this millennium and claims the third biggest jump to No. 1 of all time.
The record for the biggest rise to No. 1 belongs to the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Life After Death," which also benefited from street date violations. That posthumous title took a 175-point hike the week of April 12, 1997.
In second place is Pearl Jam's "Vitalogy," which soared 173-1 the week of Dec. 24, 1994. The album was released on vinyl two weeks ahead of the CD, which led to a No. 55 debut the week of Dec. 10, 1994. "Vitalogy" then fell to No. 173 and rebounded to No. 1 once the CD was available.
Here is a summary of the 10 biggest leaps to No. 1 in the history of The Billboard 200:
176-1: "Life After Death," The Notorious B.I.G. (April 12, 1997)
173-1: "Vitalogy," Pearl Jam (Dec. 24, 1994)
156-1: "In Rainbows," Radiohead (Jan. 19, 2008)
137-1: "Ghetto D," Master P (Sept. 20, 1997)
122-1: "More of the Monkees," The Monkees (Feb. 11, 1967)
112-1: "MP Da Last Don," Master P (June 20, 1998)
98-1: "The Beatles '65," The Beatles (Jan. 9, 1965)
61-1: "Help!," The Beatles (Sept. 11, 1965)
60-1: "Rubber Soul," The Beatles (Jan. 8, 1966)
53-1: "Ballads of the Green Berets," S/Sgt. Barry Sadler (March 12, 1966)
WILL 'JUNO' BE UNO?: Hot Shot Debut honors on this week's edition of The Billboard 200 go to "Juno" (Rhino) the soundtrack that rules Top Digital Albums and Top Soundtrack Albums. "Juno" blasts onto the chart at No. 8, the highest new entry for a motion picture soundtrack since "Idlewild" opened at No. 2 the week of Sept. 9, 2006.
No film soundtrack debuted in the top 10 in 2007. The two highest new entries for soundtrack albums in 2007 were "Into the Wild" (at No. 11 the week of Oct 6) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (at No. 14 the week of June 9).
If "Juno" can climb to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, it will be the first soundtrack from a movie to achieve pole position since "Dreamgirls," which moved into the penthouse one year ago this week.
JUST 'ONCE': Another soundtrack doing well on The Billboard 200 is "Once" (Canvasback/Sony Music Soundtrax), which until this week had gone no higher than No. 60 (on the chart dated Aug. 25, 2007). Since the duet "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova was named Best Song by the Broadcast Critics, the album could pick up more speed next week and a musical Oscar nomination could keep the momentum going.
'EIGHTH' WAS FIRST OF SEVEN: I still remember the day almost five years ago when Kimberley Locke and her castmates from the second season of "American Idol" spent some time at the Billboard office in Los Angeles so director of charts Geoff Mayfield and I could explain how the charts work and answer the finalists' questions. I wonder if Locke could have imagined that day that less than five years later, she would have her seventh No. 1 on a Billboard tally.
Her run of chart-toppers began with her first single, "Eighth World Wonder," which captured the lead position on Hot Singles Sales the week of March 27, 2004. Just seven weeks later, that same song went to No. 1 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.
Locke returned to the pinnacle a year and seven months later with the first of three holiday No. 1 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Up on the Housetop" took top honors in December 2005, "Jingle Bells" did the same in 2006 and "Frosty the Snowman" gave her a hat trick in 2007.
Meanwhile, her single "Change" took charge of the Hot Dance Club Play chart the week of June 9, 2007. Now, Locke's remake of the Freda Payne hit from 1970, "Band of Gold" (Curb/Reprise), glides into first place on that same Club Play chart. It's only the second entry for Locke on Club Play, so she is batting a perfect 1000 on this list.
The original "Band of Gold," released on Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus label in 1970, peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard Hot 100. Locke's update is the third time around for this pop classic on the Club Play chart. A version by disco artist Sylvester went to No. 18 in 1983. Then a remake by Belinda Carlisle featuring Freda Payne appeared on the Club Play chart in 1986-87, peaking at No. 26.
SWIFT FLOATING: Yes, Taylor Swift is still floating on top of Hot Country Songs, as "Our Song" (Big Machine) retains the crown for the fifth week in a row. Last week I reported that the combination of Carrie Underwood's "So Small" and Swift's "Our Song" represented the second-longest string of No. 1 hits by solo female artists in the 64-year history of the country chart. By extending her reign to five weeks, Swift joins Underwood to tie the record for the longest run at No. 1 by solo female artists. In this case, the tie is with just one other performer, Connie Smith, whose eight-week stand at No. 1 with "Once a Day" ended 43 years ago this week.
Only four singles by solo female artists have had longer runs at No. 1 than Swift's "Our Song." They are:
8 weeks: "Once a Day," Connie Smith (1964)
6 weeks: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," Kitty Wells (1952)
6 weeks: "Breathe," Faith Hill (1999)
6 weeks: "Jesus, Take the Wheel," Carrie Underwood (2006)
If "Our Song" is still No. 1 next week, it will join that elite group and break Smith's record for the longest string of weeks that a solo female artist held the top spot.
Meanwhile, Swift's eponymous debut album is No. 1 on Top Country Albums for the ninth non-consecutive week. The CD entered the chart the week of Nov. 11, 2006, and first led the pack the week of Aug. 4, 2007. That was the beginning of an eight-week streak, so Swift returns to No. 1 for the first time since the chart dated Sept. 22, 2007.
KENNY AND JAMES: Not only does Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds have his first top 10 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart in over 13 years, but he has tied the highest mark of his career on this tally.
Edmonds' remake of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" on the Mercury label climbs 12-10, equaling the peak position of "When Can I See You" in 1994. "When Can I See You" and "Fire and Rain" are Edmonds' only top 10 hits on the AC list.
Taylor made his first appearance on the AC chart with "Fire and Rain," which peaked at No. 7 in 1970. The song was also an AC chart entry that year for R.B. Greaves (of "Take a Letter Maria" fame), who took it to No. 37. If Edmonds can jump up four more rungs, he will have the highest-ranking recording of "Fire and Rain" on the AC survey.
'READY' FOR THE BIG TIME: Kenny Edmonds isn't the only artist returning to the top 10 for the first time since the last century. On Hot Country Songs, Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley Cyrus advance 11-10 with "Ready, Set, Don't Go" (Walt Disney/Lyric Street). It's Billy Ray's first time in the top 10 since "Busy Man" spent three weeks at No. 3 in 1999.
"Ready, Set, Don't Go" is Billy Ray's seventh top 10 hit on the country tally. Here is a summary of his top 10 hits:
"Achy Breaky Heart," No. 1 for five weeks (1992)
"Could've Been Me," No. 2 (1992)
"She's Not Cryin' Anymore," No. 6 (1993)
"In the Heart of a Woman," No. 3 (1993)
"Somebody New," No. 9 (1993)
"Busy Man," No. 3 (1999)
"Ready, Set, Don't Go," No. 10 to date (2008) [Billy Ray Cyrus with Miley Cyrus]