CHART BEAT BONUS
Fred Bronson reports on the chart lives of Ruben Studdard, Gladys Knight, Elvis Presley, Alicia Keys, Tree63, Nelly and Tim McGraw.GOSPEL TRUTH: It was in one of the early episodes of season two of "American Idol" that celebrity judge Gladys Knight dubbed Ruben Studdard the "velvet teddy bear," and helped send him on his way to becoming the show's second winner.
Not that she would change anything given what she knows now, but there is an ironic twist on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart this week, where Studdard's "I Need an Angel" (J) is No. 1 for the eighth week (its entire chart run), and Knight's "One Voice" (Many Roads) jumps 9-2 in its second chart week, prevented from achieving pole position by the former contestant she once judged.
ONE NIGHT OR TWO? In the United States, Elvis Presley's "One Night" peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1959, while the flip, "I Got Stung," went to No. 8. The single fared better in the United Kingdom, where it became Presley's third No. 1, following "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock."
When "One Night" / "I Got Stung" went to No. 1 the first time, it was the 80th single to reach the top on the U.K. chart, which was introduced in November 1952.
Now, as RCA re-issues all of Presley's British No. 1 singles, "One Night" / "I Got Stung" has grabbed the crown again, to become the landmark 1000th No. 1 in the United Kingdom. "One Night" succeeds the reissue of "Jailhouse Rock," which was the 999th U.K. No. 1.
With "One Night," Elvis has 20 No. 1 hits in the United Kingdom, the same number the Beatles have in America. The Beatles have 17 No. 1s in their own country, the same number of No. 1s Elvis has in the United States.
AIN'T GOING AWAY: Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" (J) rebounds 44-38 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks in its 53rd chart week, becoming the first title by a female artist in the 63-year history of this chart to remain on the list for more than a year.
"If I Ain't Got You" became the longest-running song by a female artist on the R&B chart three weeks ago when it surpassed the 49-week chart run of Mary J. Blige's "Your Child."
ROOTED: On Billboard's Hot Christian Singles & Tracks chart, "Blessed Be Your Name" (Inpop) by Tree63 falls 6-9 in its 52nd week on the tally, becoming the first title to remain on this chart for a year or more. Granted, this tally has a much shorter history than the R&B chart, which was introduced 63 years ago. The Hot Christian chart first appeared in July 2003.
TURNABOUT: Thanks to their collaboration on the song "Over and Over" (Curb/Derrty), Nelly and Tim McGraw have both had a chance to explore new chart territory.
"Over and Over" marked Tim McGraw's first appearance on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 survey, where Nelly has charted many times. This week, "Over" shows up on the Adult Contemporary tally, where it is Nelly's first chart entry on a list that has featured many hits by McGraw.