Fred discusses Neil Young, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and more!
MASSIVE 'MASSEY': It's a chart of gold for Neil Young, who has his highest-debuting album on The Billboard 200 in almost 12 years with "Live at Massey Hall 1971" (Reprise), which blasts onto the tally at No. 6. That's the best first-week position for Young since "Mirror Ball" entered at No. 5 in July 1995.
"Massey Hall" is Young's 40th album to chart, just counting releases credited to him away from groups like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Surprisingly, "Massey Hall" is the third highest charting album of Young's career. Only "Harvest" (No. 1 for two weeks in 1972) and "Mirror Ball" have charted higher.
Without Buffalo Springfield in the mix, Young's album chart span is now stretched to 37 years, nine months and one week, counting back to the June 1969 debut of "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." Including his work with Buffalo Springfield, Young's album span is an almost round figure of 40 years and one week, dating back to the March 1967 debut of the group's eponymous first LP.
'WASTED' DAZE: A 6-3 move on Hot Country Songs for "Wasted" (Arista) gives Carrie Underwood four top three hits in a row from her debut album, "Some Hearts." She's scored two No. 1 hits from this album so far, with "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats." Sandwiched between those hits was "Don't Forget to Remember Me," which peaked at No. 2.
Should "Wasted" wend its way to the top, Underwood will be the first act to pull three No. 1 hits off a debut album since the Dixie Chicks did it in 1998-99 with "There's Your Trouble," "Wide Open Spaces" and "You Were Mine," all from the "Wide Open Spaces" CD.
Should Underwood equal the Dixie Chicks' achievement, she will still need one more chart-topper to match the four No. 1 songs Brooks & Dunn collected from their first chart album, "Brand New Man." The title track began the run in 1991, followed by "My Next Broken Heart," "Neon Moon" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie."
'OVER'JOYED: Daughtry continues to rack up No. 1s on charts compiled by the Billboard Information Group. This week, the band's single "It's Not Over" (RCA) takes the lead on the CHR/Top 40 chart. "It's Not Over" is in its fifth week at No. 1 on the Adult Top 40 chart, and the "Daughtry" CD is No. 1 for the 11th week on Top Rock Albums. The album has also been No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Top Digital Albums and Billboard Comprehensive Albums.
TWICE IN LOVE WITH AMY: Aside from "American Idol" contestants and artists who gained fame on the Disney Channel, it's rare for anyone else to make a double debut on The Billboard Hot 100. So kudos to the U.K.'s Amy Winehouse for her pair of entries "You Know I'm No Good" (Universal Republic) at No. 90 and "Rehab" right below at No. 91.
That's just half of the good news chart-wise for Winehouse this week. She enters The Billboard 200 at No. 7, besting the first week positions for two other debuting British female artists -- Natasha Bedingfield (a No. 26 bow the week of Aug. 20, 2005) and Lily Allen (a No. 20 opening the week of Feb. 17).