GIRL POWER POP: Until this week, seven female artists had notched at least three top 10s from a debut album on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart this decade. This week, that list expands by two: Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Lady Gaga lifts 11-8 with "LoveGame." She previously rose to No. 1 with "Just Dance" (two weeks) and "Poker Face" (five weeks). At No. 10, Katy Perry advances with "Waking Up in Vegas." She arrived with the No. 2-peaking "I Kissed a Girl" and the No. 1 "Hot N Cold" (three weeks). (Third single "Thinking of You" reached No. 17.)
Since 2000, the prior female artists to post three or more top 10s from a debut set were Fergie (five top 10s), Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani (four each), Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, Ciara, and, most recently, Jordin Sparks last year.
In the '90s (dating to the Mainstream Top 40 chart's October 1992 inception), seven women accomplished the feat: Alanis Morissette (five top 10s from her U.S. debut "Jagged Little Pill"), Toni Braxton, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, Jewel, Robyn and Britney Spears.
Compared to the 16 women to score such a chart hat trick, only four solo males have: Jon Secada (1992-93), Will Smith (four top 10s, 1997-99), Justin Timberlake (four top 10s, 2002-03) and 50 Cent (2003).
10 groups have done so. In the '90s, Ace of Base, Hootie & the Blowfish, Matchbox Twenty, Backstreet Boys (four top 10s each), Real McCoy, Spice Girls and 'N Sync made such grand entrances. This decade, Maroon 5, the Pussycat Dolls and Daughtry all arrived with three top 10s from their debut releases.
OH, WHAT A 'NIGHT': Kenny Chesney collects his 17th career No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as "Out Last Night" rises 2-1.
The song is Chesney's 14th No. 1 this decade, pushing him closer to Toby Keith's mark for most leaders since 2000. Here is a look at the artists with the most No. 1s on the list in the '00s:
15, Toby Keith
14, Kenny Chesney
13, Brad Paisley
12, Tim McGraw
10, Rascal Flatts
10, Keith Urban
Not including unpromoted album tracks, "Out Last Night" is Chesney's fourth consecutive No. 1, extending his longest streak of chart champs. His new No. 1 follows "Better as a Memory," "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and "Down the Road."
Chesney first topped Hot Country Songs with "She's Got It All" on the chart dated Aug. 30, 1997.
Toby Keith, meanwhile, nets his 37th top 10 on the chart with "Lost You Anyway" (12-10). It's his 24th top 10 this decade. Whereas Keith leads Chesney in total No. 1s in the '00s, the rankings are reversed for most top 10s. Chesney leads with 27. With 25, Tim McGraw also tops Keith's sum in that span.
INDEPENDENT'S DAY COMES EARLY: Los Angeles quartet Silversun Pickups becomes the first independently-distributed act in more than a decade to reach the Alternative apex, as "Panic Switch," promoted by the dangerbird label, climbs 3-1.
The song is only the third independently-distributed No. 1 in the chart's more than 20-year history. The Offspring's introductory hit "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)" spent the first of its two of weeks at No. 1 on the July 30, 1994, survey. That song was released on the Epitaph label, as the band didn't move to its longtime home at Columbia Records until its sixth entry, "All I Want," in 1997.
Everlast's "What It's Like," on the Tommy Boy label, became the first independently-distributed Alternative No. 1 when it began a nine-week reign on the Dec. 26, 1998, list.
Silversun Pickups' Alternative chart history comprises one entry in each of the last three years. Before "Panic Switch," ""Lazy Eye" rose to No. 5 in April 2007, and "Well Thought Out Twinkles" reached No. 9 in January 2008.
COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts, including the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100, both of which are commanded this week by the Black Eyed Peas. On the former chart, "The E.N.D." roars in at the summit, while on the latter list, "Boom Boom Pow" reigns for an 11th week and new single "I Gotta Feeling" blasts in at No. 2. How rare is it for a duo or group to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on the Hot 100? The only other such acts to accomplish the double honor are OutKast (2003-04), Bee Gees (1978) and the Beatles (1964).