Kimberley Locke charts with a song from the 19th Century, plus Kirk Franklin, Green Day, Madonna, Rolling Stones and Reba McEntire.
'UP' RIGHT DIRECTION FOR 'HOUSETOP': A song written in the 1860s sets a record this week for the biggest leap into the top 5 of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Kimberley Locke's version of "Up on the Housetop" (Curb) zooms 31-5 as AC stations turn to holiday fare.
The three biggest moves into the top 5 until this week included two holiday recordings. Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses" jumped 21-3 the week of May 17, 1997; Josh Groban's "O Holy Night" rocketed 16-5 the week of Dec. 21, 2002; and Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" bounded 23-4 the week of Dec. 18, 2004. Like Locke's "Housetop," those three songs all moved into the top five in their second week on the AC survey.
"Up on the Housetop," written by Benjamin Handy in 1864 and published under the title "Santa Claus" in October 1866, was popularized by Gene Autry in 1953 and remade by the Jackson 5 in 1970. The song has also been recorded by the Chipmunks, Eddy Arnold, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Buffett and Reba McEntire.
"Housetop" is Locke's fifth entry on this tally. She first appeared on the chart two years ago this week, debuting at No. 22 with "Silver Bells," recorded as a duet with her then-roommate, fellow "American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken. That song peaked at No. 16.
Locke made her solo AC debut with "8th World Wonder," which peaked at No. 6 the week of Oct. 23, 2004. Her next chart entry, "I Could," peaked at No. 8 in September. That makes "Housetop" her biggest hit to date. It could become even bigger, as it is the song most likely to be No. 1 next week.
GOSPEL TRUTH: Kirk Franklin is no stranger to Billboard charts -- at least, not to some of them. He has made multiple appearances on The Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the gospel charts, but until this week he was a one-hit wonder on the Hot 100.
"Lean on Me" peaked at No. 79 the week of Dec. 12, 1998. The song was credited to Kirk Franklin featuring Mary J. Blige, Bono, R. Kelly, Crystal Lewis & the Family.
Franklin gets his second Hot 100 entry this week, thanks to the No. 92 debut of "Looking for You" (Fo Yo Soul/Gospo Centric). Franklin is credited as a solo artist this time around.
TIME FOR ENYA: Enya's eighth album to chart on Billboard's Top New Age Albums survey moves 5-1 in its second week on the list. Other new age artists might want to beware; when Enya sews up pole position, she tends to stay there for a spell.
The Irish singer has four previous No. 1 albums on this list. Note the number of weeks each one spent on top:
"Shepherd Moons," 29 weeks (1992)
"The Memory of Trees," 37 weeks (1996)
"Paint the Sky With Stars - The Best of Enya," 43 weeks (1998)
"A Day Without Rain," 93 weeks (2000)
That means "Amarantine" (Reprise) has given Enya her 203rd week at No. 1 on the New Age tally.
THE BIG FIVE, TWICE: With the No. 37 debut of "Jesus of Suburbia" (Reprise) on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, Green Day becomes the third act to pull five singles from the same album more than once on this chart. "Jesus of Suburbia" is the fifth "American Idiot" track to appear on the Modern Rock tally. The title track peaked at No. 1, as did "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Holiday." "Wake Me Up When September Ends" went to No. 2.
The other two acts that have scored with five singles from the same album more than once are R.E.M. and Linkin Park. One big difference: those two groups culled their sets of five hits from consecutive albums. Green Day has done it with two albums released 10 years apart. The band's debut set, "Dookie," yielded the singles "Longview" (No. 1), "Basket Case" (No. 1), "Welcome to Paradise" (No. 7), "When I Come Around (No. 1) and "She" (No. 5).
'HUNG' HANGS IN: Madonna's "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.) is No. 1 for the fourth week on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart. It is the first chart-topper to remain in place for four weeks since Sono's "Keep Control" reigned for four weeks in July-August 2001.
If "Hung Up" leads the pack for a fifth week, it will be the longest-running No. 1 song on this chart since Madonna's "Music" ruled for five weeks in September-October 2000.
TWIN STONES: Last year was the first year since 1989 that the Rolling Stones had more than one album debut on The Billboard 200. "The Best of the Rolling Stones: Jump Back '71-'93" made its bow the week of Sept. 11, 2004, and "Live Licks" was a new entry the week of Nov. 20, 2004.
Just under two months ago, "A Bigger Bang" debuted at No. 3. This week, "Rarities 1971-2003" (Virgin) opens at No. 76.
REBA'S SWEET SUCCESS: Reba McEntire enters The Billboard 200 at No. 12 with the double-CD "Reba: #1's" (MCA). It is her highest rank since "If You See Him" peaked at No. 8 in June 1998.
On the Top Country Albums chart, "#1's" opens at No. 3. It is the 11th McEntire album to debut in the top 5 since the chart was first compiled with Nielsen SoundScan data in 1991. Except for holiday albums, that is every album McEntire has released since 1991.