Chart Beat

Fred discusses Mims, Justin Timberlake, Trace Adkins and more!

MIMS THE WORD: In the almost 49-year history of the Hot 100, only four songs have jumped to No. 1 from below the top 30. The first was Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This," which soared 52-1 the week of Oct. 5, 2002. The second was Rihanna's "SOS," which rocketed 34-1 the week of May 13, 2006. The third was Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack," which flew 31-1 the week of Sept. 9, 2006. The fourth high-flying leap to the top takes place this week, as Mims pole vaults 32-1 with his very first chart single, "This Is Why I'm Hot" (Capitol).

Mims gives the Capitol label its 51st chart-topper of the rock era and ends the label's longest shut-out from pole position. The last time a Capitol single held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 was the week of Nov. 14, 1992, when "How Do You Talk to an Angel" by the Heights reigned for two weeks.

To find the last solo male artist on Capitol who led the Hot 100, one would have to go back almost 30 years. Glen Campbell spent the week of April 30, 1977 in the penthouse with "Southern Nights."

Even though the Capitol label has racked up 51 No. 1 hits, Mims (born Sean Mims) is only the sixth solo male vocalist to top the Billboard pop singles chart in the rock era. The first five were Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dean Martin, Kyu Sakamoto, Andy Kim and Campbell.

MIMS OVER 'MATTER': The sharp 32-1 move of Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot" deposes Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around...Comes Around" (Jive) after just one week. Timberlake, in turn, replaced Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right" after one week at No. 1.

It's the first time in over two years that the Hot 100 has had back-to-back one-week chart-toppers. In February 2004, "The Way You Move" by OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown spent one week at the apex and then "Slow Jamz" by Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx had one week at the head of the class.

Mims' takeover of the top spot comes at the expense of Akon, who would have collected his second No. 1 hit this week. "Don't Matter" (Konvict/Upfront/SRC) leaps 5-2.

Akon had no hits in the top four last week and now he has two. He is featured on Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope), which is lifted 6-4.

It's the second time that Akon has had two hits in the top four slots at the same time. From Dec. 2, 2006 to Jan. 20 of this year, Akon's "I Wanna Love You" and "Smack That" shared berths in the top four.

WITHOUT A TRACE: Almost 10 years - that's how long pole position on Hot Country Songs has gone without a Trace. A Trace Adkins, to be exact. The Louisiana-born vocalist scored his first No. 1 hit with his third chart entry. "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" reached the summit in its 11th chart frame, the week of April 5, 1997.

Now, Adkins is back on top for the first time since that first week in April 1997. "Ladies Love Country Boys" (Capitol), Adkins' 22nd chart entry, rises 3-1 in its 25th chart week.

With Adkins advancing to first place on Hot Country Songs and Mims leading the Hot 100, this is the first week that the Capitol label heads up both charts since the week of Nov. 6, 1976, when Merle Haggard's "Cherokee Maiden" was the No. 1 country song and the Steve Miller Band's "Rock'n Me" was No. 1 on the Hot 100.