Chart Beat

Fred discusses T-Pain, Jay-Z, Spice Girls and more!

PAIN FULL: A 64-6 leap for "Low" (Poe Boy/Atlantic) by Flo Rida and featured artist T-Pain and the continued presence of singles by Chris Brown, Kanye West and Baby Bash give T-Pain four titles in the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100, the highest number of simultaneous top 10 hits for any artist since 50 Cent had a quartet of top 10 hits in the first two weeks of April 2005.

Here is how T-Pain's four top 10 hits stack up on the current chart:

No. 1: "Kiss Kiss," Chris Brown featuring T-Pain
No. 6: "Low," Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
No. 7: "Good Life," Kanye West featuring T-Pain
No. 8: "Cyclone," Baby Bash featuriung T-Pain

And here is how the four 50 Cent songs fared on the Hot 100 dated April 2, 2005:

No. 1: "Candy Shop," 50 Cent featuring Olivia
No. 5: "Disco Inferno," 50 Cent
No. 6: "Hate It or Love It," The Game featuring 50 Cent
No. 8: "How We Do," The Game featuring 50 Cent

While T-Pain has to settle for tying 50 Cent's achievement, he has surpassed him on another chart. T-Pain has had nine top 10 hits on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart this calendar year, including four this week (the same four that are in the top 10 of the Hot 100). That's a record on this tally, one previously held by 50 Cent, who had six top 10 hits in 2005.

THE BIG 10: By entering The Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "American Gangster" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), Jay-Z scores the 10th chart-topping set of his career. That ties him with Elvis Presley for having the second highest total of No. 1 titles on this chart. Only the Beatles, with 19, have had more.

Jay-Z made his first appearance on the album tally the week of July 13, 1996, with "Reasonable Doubt," which peaked in its debut position of No. 23. Jay-Z's third charted album, "Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life," was his first to occupy the penthouse. That CD debuted at No. 1 the week of Oct. 17, 1998. So it has taken Jay-Z nine years, one month and one week to accumulate 10 No. 1 albums.

Presley first topped the album chart the week of May 5, 1956, with his eponymously-titled first chart LP. His 10th album to go to No. 1 was "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" the week of Oct. 12, 2002. It took Presley 46 years, five months and one week to rack up 10 chart-topping albums. On the other hand, as of this week, Jay-Z has spent 17 weeks at No. 1, while Presley's total is 63 weeks.

And in case you're curious, the Beatles only needed three years, four months and two weeks to get to their 10th No. 1 album. "Meet the Beatles" moved into first place the week of Feb. 15, 1964, and their 10th No. 1, "Sgt. Pepper's lonely Hearts Club band," marched into the lead position the week of July 1, 1967.

One final note about Jay-Z: all 10 of his chart-topping CDs debuted at No. 1, making him the artist with the highest number of albums that began their chart lives at the summit.

AND ALL THINGS NICE: Not that I've been counting, but it's been eight years, eight months and almost three weeks since the Spice Girls appeared on the Hot 100. Their seventh single, "Goodbye," had an 11-week run that ended March 6, 1999.

Now, the five originals are back, with "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" (Virgin), a new entry at No. 90.

"Headlines" has a lot to live up to, as the Spice Girls have never had a single that missed the top 20. Here is a summary of their eight chart entries to date. Note that the first seven all charted in a period of just over two years:

"Wannabe," No. 1 for four weeks (1997)
"Say You'll Be There," No. 3 (1997)
"2 Become 1," No. 4 (1997)
"Spice Up Your Life," No. 18 (1997)
"Too Much," No. 9 (1998)
"Stop," No. 16 (1998)
"Goodbye," No. 11 (1998)
"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)," No. 90 (to date) (2007)

All five Spice Girls have charted in the United Kingdom as solo artists. Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie C and Melanie B have had No. 1 hits on the U.K. singles chart and Victoria Beckham has peaked at No. 2. They have not enjoyed similar success in the United States, where none of the five women has appeared on the Hot 100 under their own names or away from the Spice Girls.

'FREE' MUSIC: Dierks Bentley scores the fifth No. 1 song of his career, as "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" (Capitol) sails 2-1 on Hot Country Songs. Bentley was most recently sitting on top of this chart one year ago this month with "Every Mile a Memory."

Bentley kicked off his chart career with a No. 1 hit. "What Was I Thinkin'" entered the survey the week of April 12, 2003, and captured the lead the week of Sept. 27. That was a long journey to the apex, but "Free and Easy" has taken even more time to achieve pole position. "What Was I Thinkin'" advanced to No. 1 in its 24th chart week, while "Free and Easy" assumes the lead in its 25th frame.

21ST CENTURY CHAMP: I've been following the chart run of Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" (Arista) on the Hot 100 on almost a weekly basis, because every week there's something new to report, and this week is no exception.

"Cheats" rebounds 44-43 in its 63rd week on the singles chart. That replaces "You and Me" by Lifehouse as the longest-running song of the 21st century. "Cheats" now has the third-longest chart run of all time.

Underwood could still surpass the top two longevity champs, although her chances are dimming. The problem? Some of her airplay strength is coming from Adult Contemporary radio, a format that turns to holiday music at this time of the year.

A substantial drop in AC spins could force the single to fall below No. 50, which would cause removal of the single to the recurrent chart.

Here is how the top three stand:

69 weeks: "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes (1997)
65 weeks: "You Were Meant for Me" / "Foolish Games," Jewel (1997)
63 weeks: "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood (2007)