Paisley & Parton, the Red Headed Stranger, Kristine W and NIN make chart news.
HERE SHE COMES AGAIN: After waiting patiently at No. 2 for two weeks, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton capture the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "When I Get Where I'm Going" (Arista), replacing Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" (Arista) after a six-week reign.
It's the fifth chart-topper for Paisley and his first since "Mud on the Tires" held pole position the week of Feb. 5, 2005. It's the 25th No. 1 for Parton, and her first since she teamed with Ricky Van Shelton on "Rockin' Years," which led the list dated May 4, 1991. The 14 years and nine month gap between "Rockin' Years" and "When I Get Where I'm Going" is the longest break between No. 1 hits for Parton since the three years that elapsed between her first No. 1, "Joshua," and her second, "Jolene," in 1974.
Parton was already the female country artist with the most No. 1s on this chart. She pulls away from second-place Reba McEntire, who collected her 22nd No. 1 the week of Aug. 7, 2004, with "Somebody." That song allowed McEntire to claim the longest span of No. 1 hits by a solo female on the Hot Country Songs chart, with 21 years and seven months between "Can't Even Get the Blues" in January 1983 and "Someday."
Parton fell to second place, with a 20 year and three month span between "Joshua" in February 1971 and "Rockin' Years." Parton takes back the title for the longest span of No. 1 hits by a solo female artist, with 35 years and one month between "Joshua" and "When I Get Where I'm Going." Reba won't be able to match that until February 2018, and Carrie Underwood will have to wait until March 2041.
On the Hot 100, "When I Get Where I'm Going" slips 39-40, but it is still Parton's highest-charting song since "Islands in the Stream," her duet with Kenny Rogers, went to No. 1 in October 1983. The partnership with Paisley is Parton's first appearance on the Hot 100 since she peaked at No. 50 with "Romeo" in April 1993.
WHERE THERE'S A WILLIE: Here's a twist: Willie Nelson has the highest-debuting single on the Billboard Hot 100, with a country tune that has not yet debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart. There's a logical reason, of course. Nelson's "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other)" (Lost Highway) enters the Hot 100 based on download sales but country radio hasn't given the track enough airplay yet to allow it to enter the country list.
Time will tell if the song's subject matter will prove to be a barrier to country radio airplay or not. In the wake of the film "Brokeback Mountain," Nelson's single is hardly breaking news.
The song does allow Nelson to have his first solo appearance on the Hot 100 in almost 24 years. He was last on the chart on his own with a remake of "Let It Be Me" in the second half of 1982. In 1984, he went to No. 5 when he teamed up with Julio Iglesias on "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" and in 2003 he peaked at No. 22 with Toby Keith on "Beer for My Horses."
HOPES DIM: There's nothing wrong with having a song that peaks at No. 2 on a chart, but it has to be a heartbreaking disappointment for Kristine W to just miss the top spot with her latest, "I'll Be Your Light" (Silver/Tommy Boy), on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play list.
By falling to No. 3 this week, "Light" appears to have missed its chance to keep Kristine W's record intact. It is the first of her 10 chart singles to not achieve pole position. Between 1994 and 2005, every Kristine W song to debut on this chart ended up peaking at No. 1.
'TEETH' SEETHES WITH HITS: Less than a year ago, Nine Inch Nails grabbed its first No. 1 hit on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, when "The Hand That Feeds" moved to the summit the week of May 28, 2005. In October 2005, another track from the "With Teeth" CD claimed the top spot and this week "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" (nothing/Interscope) gives the band its third No. 1 in a row.
Nine Inch Nails is the fourth band to pull at least three No. 1 songs from one album on the Modern tally. U2 has done it twice, Green Day did it most recently and Linkin Park holds the record, with five chart-topping songs from one album.