Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Paul Anka, Carrie Underwood, Ryan Cabrera and Rob Thomas.
HIS BIG 45: Just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his debut on the Billboard album chart, Paul Anka returns to the survey after an absence of almost 22 years. "Rock Swings" (Verve) is a new entry at No. 120. Anka made his album chart debut the week of July 4, 1960, with "Paul Anka Sings His Big 15."
Anka had actually collected 17 hits on the Billboard pop singles chart by the time "His Big 15" came along. He made his singles debut the week of July 15, 1957, with "Diana," which became his first No. 1 hit. That gives Anka a career chart span of 47 years, 11 months and two weeks. It also means that Anka has charted in six consecutive decades, as he has not missed a decade since he kicked off his career with "Diana."
"Rock Swings" is the 20th Anka album to chart, and the first since "Walk a Fine Line" went to No. 156 in 1983. "Rock Swings" is the highest-charting Anka title since "The Painter" peaked at No. 85 in 1977.
On the Top Jazz Albums chart, Anka’s "Rock Swings" debuts at No. 2. It’s the first Anka album to appear on this chart.
'INSIDE' STORY: Carrie Underwood collects her first No. 1 in Billboard, joining a long list of chart-topping "American Idol" competitors. Her "Inside Your Heaven" / "Independence Day" (Arista) makes a premature debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles Sales chart, based solely on street date violations. Those same infringements bring Underwood onto the Singles Sales chart at No. 5 (This chart was formerly known as Hot 100 Singles Sales, but since it also feeds the Pop 100, it was appropriate to change the name).
Underwood is the ninth "Idol" singer to earn a Billboard No. 1 as a solo performer, following Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Kimberley Locke, Josh Gracin, William Hung, Fantasia and Diana DeGarmo.
TRUTH BE TOLD: After peaking at No. 4 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart and No. 18 on the Hot 100 in January and No. 13 at Adult Top 40 one month later, Ryan Cabrera's "True" (Atlantic) cracks the top 10 (11-10) at Adult Contemporary in its 22nd chart week. It is the longest path to that portion of the chart by a male artist.
The AC format is known for its slow pace, and songs often make their way deliberately up the chart. However, only two other songs have ever taken a longer amount of time to reach the AC top 10. Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why" entered the top 10 in its 31st week in March 2003 and Train's "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" advanced into the top 10 in its 49th week in June 2002.
Cabrera is the first male artist to earn his first top 10 at AC since Clay
Aiken scored with "Invisible" in December 2003.
SEVEN 'LONELY' WEEKS: Rob Thomas dominates Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart for a seventh week with "Lonely No More" (Melisma/Atlantic). That makes Thomas the solo male artist with the longest-running No. 1 on this chart since Shawn Mullins' "Lullaby" ruled for eight weeks in 1998-99.