Chart based stories on MCA, Elvis Presley, and chart records set by Frank Sinatra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

28 UP: "Family Affair" by Mary J. Blige is the 28th No. 1 hit on The Billboard Hot 100 for the MCA label. The imprint's first chart-topper was Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" in February 1973.

What might be startling is that this is the first time a solo female R&B artist has had a Hot 100 No. 1 hit on MCA. The label has had R&B songs reach pole position before - like "Car Wash" by Rose Royce and "Oh Sheila" by Ready for the World. In 1986, Patti LaBelle had a No. 1 song on MCA with "On My Own," but it was a duet with Michael McDonald.

RETURN OF THE KING: Elvis Presley has his very first chart entry on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, as his rendition of "America the Beautiful" (RCA) debuts at No. 8. That's not enough to bring the patriotic song onto The Billboard Hot 100 yet, but should this new single make the main chart, it will be Presley's first new entry since 19 years ago, when "The Elvis Medley" debuted in November 1982. It would also stretch Presley's rock era singles chart span to 45 years and eight months, an all-time record.

MADE TO BE BROKEN: Pat Kelly, a frequent "Chart Beat" contributor, sent an E-mail from Brampton, Ontario, noting that the new No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, "God Bless America" (Columbia), establishes a couple of records.

Here's what Kelly had to say: The first is set by Frank Sinatra, breaking a record previously held by the Beatles. The Chairman of the Board first appeared on top of the Billboard album chart with his own album "Come Fly With Me" in February 1958, less than two years after the chart began. With his version of "America the Beautiful" included on this new compilation, he has appeared on top of the charts 43 years and nine months apart. Sinatra's last No. 1 album was 1966's "Strangers in the Night."

But this might be a short-lived achievement. Both Nat King Cole and the first Billboard album chart topping artist, Elvis Presley, could break this record in the coming weeks if "NOW! That's What I Call Christmas" tops the charts, as both artists are included in the soon-to-be-released compilation.

The second record is somewhat more subtle. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's last appearance on a Billboard No. 1 album was back in July 1961, also on a compilation album, "Songs for a Summer Night," where they performed "Londonderry Air" (more popularly known as "Danny Boy"). After 40 years and three months, they return with their version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Surely this is the longest spread between consecutive appearances by the same artist on a No. 1 album.

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