Fred discusses American Idols, Rihanna, the Beach Boys and more!
'UMBRELLA' REIGNS: When Rihanna leapt 34-1 with "SOS" in May 2006, it was the second-biggest move to No. 1 in the history of The Billboard Hot 100. This week, the Barbadian-born singer takes an even bigger jump to the top, as her "Umbrella" (SRP/Def Jam) flies 41-1. This time, that's only good enough to be the third biggest charge to pole position in the 49-year existence of the Hot 100.
Still, Rihanna owns two of the five biggest moves to No. 1. Justin Timberlake briefly held that same record, but one of his debuts has been pushed out of the top five. Here are the biggest jumps to No. 1 in Hot 100 history,
including all songs that have advanced to No. 1 from below the top 30:
64-1 "Makes Me Wonder," Maroon 5 (May 12, 2007)
52-1 "A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson (Oct. 5, 2002)
42-1 "Give It to Me," Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake (April 21, 2007)
41-1 "Umbrella," Rihanna featuring Jay-Z (June 9, 2007)
34-1 "SOS," Rihanna (May 13, 2006)
32-1 "This Is Why I'm Hot," Mims (March 10, 2007)
31-1 "SexyBack," Justin Timberlake (Sept. 9, 2006)
"Umbrella" is the second No. 1 for Rihanna and the third for Jay-Z. He has been in the featured position on all three of his chart-toppers:
"Heartbreaker," Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z (two weeks, October 1999)
"Crazy in Love," Beyonce featuring Jay-Z (eight weeks, July-August, 2003)
"Umbrella," Rihanna featuring Jay-Z (one week to date, June 2007)
Rihanna's single is strong in both sales and airplay. "Umbrella" opens at No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs and inches up 3-2 on Hot 100 Airplay.
"Umbrella" represents just one-half of the biggest cumulative gain in the top two of the Hot 100. The runner-up spot is held by Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar" (Ondeck/Universal Republic), which pole vaults 51-2.
'NOW' 15, 'NAME' 18: That's the score in the Jordin Sparks-Blake Lewis game. The top two contestants from the sixth season of "American Idol"
make their debuts on the Hot 100 (and other Billboard charts), making them the 29th and 30th singers from the franchise to garner ink on our surveys. Sparks bows at No. 15 with "This Is My Now" (19), No. 66 with "A Broken Wing," and at No. 80 with "I Who Have Nothing," while Lewis enters at No. 18 with his remake of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" (19) and at No. 99 with his take of the Zombies' "Time Of The Season."
On Hot Digital Songs, "This Is My Now" is new at No. 9 and "You Give Love a Bad Name" opens at No. 11. Sparks also bows at No. 46 with "A Broken Wing" and No. 58 with "I Who Have Nothing." Lewis' "Time of the Season" enters at No. 70.
Chart Beat readers who are keeping score might remember that when Paris Bennett made her Billboard debut last month, she was the 27th "Idol" to chart. So who was No. 28?
Sixth-season finalist Mandisa debuts at No. 2 on Hot Singles Sales with "Only the World" (Sparrow). The single is in its second week on both the Christian Songs chart, where it ranks No. 17, and Christian AC, where it rises to No. 16.
The appearance of "Only the World" means that the fifth season of "American Idol" has produced the highest number of chart-worthy artists.
Adding Mandisa, Jordin and Blake to the list, here is a revised summary of which "Idol" finalists have charted, season by season:
Season one: (five)
Season two: (four)
Season three: (seven)
Season four: (three)
Season five: (eight)
Season six: (two)
That adds up to 29. Non-finalist William Hung brings the total up to 30.
Sparks and Lewis also debut on Top Digital Albums with their respective EPs. Because these are available exclusively through iTunes, they are not eligible to chart on The Billboard 200. Sparks enters at No. 2 and Lewis at No. 3. Like the singles, the label for the EPs is listed as 19.
As of Chart Beat's press deadline, label deals have not been firmed for Sparks and Lewis, though both will be signed to imprints within the Sony BMG family.
In previous seasons, the finale songs for the top two finalists have often debuted at No. 1 or No. 2 on the Hot 100, but that's because there were commercial singles available. So far, Sparks' "This Is My Now" and Lewis' "You Give Love a Bad Name" are only available as digital downloads.
With 2007 almost half over, 11 songs have debuted inside the top 30. At the halfway point of 2006, only six songs had debuted inside the top 30, none of them higher than No. 19. In 2005, only four songs had debuted inside the top 30 during the first six months of the year.
The 11 highest debuts of 2007 are:
No. 2: "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," Fall Out Boy (Feb. 3)
No. 5: "Girlfriend," Avril Lavigne (March 17)
No. 6: "I'll Stand By You," Carrie Underwood (May 12) No. 7: "What I've Done," Linkin Park (April 21)
No. 8: "Never Again," Kelly Clarkson (May 12)
No. 14: "Push It to the Limit," Corbin Bleu (Feb. 3)
No. 15: "This Is My Now," Jordin Sparks (June 9)
No. 18: "You Give Love a Bad Name," Blake Lewis (June 9)
No. 27: "(You Want To) Make a Memory," Bon Jovi (May 19)
No. 28: "Icky Thump," The White Stripes (May 12) No. 30: "Big Things Poppin' (Do It)," T.I. (June 9)
LOCKEING UP THE CHART: While neither Jordin Sparks nor Blake Lewis found themselves at No. 1 on any Billboard chart this week, the total of chart-toppers for the "American Idol" franchise still increases to 124, as predicted in last week's Chart Beat.
Kimberley Locke's "Change" (Curb) glides 2-1 on Hot Dance Club Play, giving the second season finalist her first No. 1 on this chart. Her debut single, "8th World Wonder," topped the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart in 2004.
Locke is currently in the cast of VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" and a clip of her making the video for "Change" was seen on the show this week. "Change" also improves its position on the Adult Contemporary list, where it moves 9-8.
IF EVERYBODY HAD AN OCEAN: The Beach Boys are back - can summer be far behind? The compilation album, "The Warmth of the Sun" (Capitol), enters The Billboard 200 at No. 40. That makes it the second highest-ranking Beach Boys album of the last 30 years. In June 2003, "The Very Best of the Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer" peaked at No. 16.
Thanks to this new CD, the Beach Boys' album chart span is stretched to 44 years, six month and two weeks, dating back to the debut of "Surfin' Safari" the week of Nov. 24, 1962.
OZZMAN IN: Not many artists can say they had the biggest album of their career almost 37 years after making their Billboard chart debut. But Ozzy Osbourne can.
The musical icon first appeared on The Billboard 200 the week of Aug. 29, 1970, when the eponymously-titled debut album by Black Sabbath made its bow.
Now, 36 years, nine months and two weeks later, the patriarch of the Osbourne family enters the album tally at No. 3 with "Black Rain" (Epic).
As a solo artist, Osbourne's peak position until now was No. 4, achieved by "Ozzmosis" in November 1995 and "Down to Earth" in November 2001.
The highest-ranked Black Sabbath album is the 1971 release "Master of Reality," which topped out at No. 8.
A 'MOMENT' LIKE THIS: Big & Rich should be feeling a little bigger and a little richer this week. The duo earns its first top 10 hit on Hot Country Songs, as "Lost in This Moment" (Warner Bros.) climbs 12-9. This is the 11th Big & Rich song to chart, since the twosome made its debut the week of Dec. 27, 2003 with "Wild West Show."
Until this week, the highest-ranked Big & Rich song was "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," which peaked at No. 11 the week of Aug. 7, 2004.
ALL 'CHANGE' AT THE TOP: For the fifth time, John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" (Aware/Columbia) moves into the penthouse of the Adult Contemporary chart. It's the 12th week at No. 1 for the song, though it has
never held the position for more than six weeks at a time. "Change" is tied with Natasha Bedingfield's 2006 song "Unwritten" for returning to No. 1 more often than any other title in AC history.
SMASHING TIME: A seven-year absence from Modern Rock Tracks has apparently made the hearts of Smashing Pumpkins fans grow fonder. The self-imposed hiatus hasn't hurt the group's chart fortunes, as "Tarantula" (Reprise) soars 30-5, to become the 17th consecutive top 10 hit for the band (and sixth consecutive top five hit).
The Pumpkins already held the record for the most consecutive top 10 hits in Modern Rock history, so this smashing return simply extends their lead.