FAMILY AFFAIR, PART 1: Jonas Brothers burst onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Lines, Vines and Trying Times." The album, featuring first single "Paranoid" and "Before the Storm," a duet with Miley Cyrus, is the siblings' second to lead the chart.
Having entered atop the list with "A Little Bit Longer" last August, the trio is the first group to send two sets to the summit within a year's time since System of a Down ruled with "Mesmerize" and "Hypnotize" six months apart in 2005.
Here is a rundown of the groups since the dawn of the Nielsen SoundScan era in 1991 to notch No. 1s in so short a span of time. Of the four, the Beatles are the only act to squeeze three No. 1s into a 12-month stretch:
"A Little Bit Longer," reached No. 1 Aug. 30. 2008
"Lines, Vines and Trying Times," reached No. 1 July 4, 2009
System of a Down
"Mesmerize," reached No. 1 June 4, 2005
"Hypnotize," reached No. 1 Dec. 10, 2005
"Anthology 1," reached No. 1 Dec. 9, 1995
"Anthology 2," reached No. 1 April 6, 1996
"Anthology 3," reached No. 1 Nov. 16, 1996
Hootie & the Blowfish
"Cracked Rear View," reached No. 1 May 27, 1995
"Fairweather Johnson," reached No. 1 May 11, 1996
Among all artists, Jay-Z last commanded the Billboard 200 at least twice within a year. He's accomplished the feat an impressive six times, most recently with "Kingdom Come" (Dec. 9, 2006) and "American Gangster" (Nov. 24, 2007).
FAMILY AFFAIR, PART 2: Hank Williams Jr.'s 32nd entry on the Billboard 200 is his third-highest-charting, as "127 Rose Avenue," a reference to Bocpehus' legendary father's home and now-museum, bows at No. 19. He peaked higher only with his first and, until this week, last charted sets. "Your Cheatin' Heart" in 1965 and "That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection" in 2006 each peaked at No. 16.
"127 Rose Avenue" also enters at No. 7 on Top Country Albums, where Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter Holly Williams bows at No. 38 with her first entry, "Here With Me."
Hank Williams Jr.'s son and Holly's half-brother, Hank Williams III, has placed four albums on the Country album tally, with "Damn Right Rebel Proud" peaking highest (No. 2) last November. That ranking marked the family's best since his dad rose to No. 2 with "Lone Wolf" on April 21, 1990.
FAMILY AFFAIR, PART 3: In addition to the Jonases and Williamses, the Perry family also shares chart success this week.
The Perry Twins post their first No. 1 on Hot Dance Club Play, as "Bad, Bad Boy," featuring Niki Haris, climbs 2-1.
The DJ duo consists of Los Angeles-based twin brothers Doug and Derek.
DRAKE DOUBLES UP: Until this week, Drake had not notched a top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Now, he has two.
The rookie Canadian rapper born Aubrey Drake Graham - in yet another "Family Affair," he's the nephew of solo R&B star and former Sly & the Family Stone member Larry Graham - vaults into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 on two tracks. His solo entry "Best I Ever Had" catapults 27-3, and "Every Girl" by Young Money, the group comprising Drake, Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine and Jae Millz, soars 34-10.
After unauthorized versions of each track spent a week on the Hot Digital Songs chart dated June 13 (at Nos. 29 and 41, respectively), the songs re-enter the tally at Nos. 3 and 10.
Have any previous artists ever collected their first two Hot 100 top 10s simultaneously? For the answer, and more on Drake, view this week's "Ask Billboard" column, to be posted tomorrow.
Although the feat of an artist entering the top 10 as a solo artist and as a group member in the same week may seem rare, it did happen less than a year ago. On the chart dated July 12, 2008, this week's Billboard 200 kings, Jonas Brothers, debuted at No. 5 with "Burnin' Up." At No. 9, Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas' duet "This Is Me," from "Camp Rock," advanced two places.
In yet another Jonas Brothers-Beatles chart coincidence, the latter group and one of its members also shared concurrent top 10 arrivals. On the March 21, 1970, Hot 100, John Lennon bounded 15-4 with "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" (credited to John Ono Lennon), while the Beatles' eventual 19th No. 1, "Let It Be," bowed at a then-record No. 6.
CAREY ON: A song that could become Mariah Carey's likewise 19th Hot 100 No. 1, bringing her within one of tying the Beatles' all-time mark, makes its first appearance on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
"Obsessed," Carey's Eminem-skewering lead single from "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," due Aug. 25, debuts at No. 52, garnering an audience of 4.3 million among 62 of the chart's 145 reporting stations. The track, co-written and produced by Carey with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, also played to an audience of 5.6 million at mainstream top 40 and rhythmic radio combined (102 stations) in the charts' tracking week.
"Obsessed" marks Carey's highest entrance on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since "Heartbreaker" launched at No. 33 on Sept. 4, 1999.
I GUETTA FEELING: David Guetta, co-writer/producer of the Hot 100's No. 2 title, the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," enters with his own track, as "When Love Takes Over," featuring Kelly Rowland, begins in the chart's anchor position.
The cut seizes the crown of the Official U.K. Singles Chart (7-1) and leads Hot Dance Airplay for a fifth frame. It debuts on Mainstream Top 40 at No. 39.
The Peas' new single holds in the Hot 100's runner-up spot, as "Boom Boom Pow" leads for a 12th week, becoming one of just 12 tracks in the chart's history to reign for at least that long. It's the first since Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" spent 14 weeks on top in 2005.
KINGS' RANSOM: Nashville, Tennessee-based Kings of Leon become just the fifth act in the 20-year history of the Alternative chart to place three songs in the top 20 simultaneously. "Notion" motors 25-20, joining former No. 1s "Use Somebody" (No. 4) and "Sex on Fire" (No. 16) in the chart's upper half.
Following is a look at the select five acts to score such a hat trick. U2 is the only act to triple up with more than one group of songs.
1988, R.E.M., "Orange Crush," "Pop Song 89," "Stand"
1988, U2, "Angel of Harlem," "Desire," "When Love Comes to Town"
1992, U2, "Mysterious Ways," "The Fly," "One"
1992, U2, "Mysterious Ways," "Until the End of the World," "One"
2007, Linkin Park, "Bleed It out," "What I've Done," "Shadow of the Day"
2008, Foo Fighters, "The Pretender," "Let It Die," "Long Road to Ruin"
2009, Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody," "Sex on Fire," "Notion"
Meanwhile, Green Day claims its 19th top 10, as "21 Guns" shoots 14-7. Only U2 (23) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (21) own more top 10 tracks.
'MAGNIFICENT' MOVE: U2 also makes noise on Hot Dance Club Songs, where "Magnificent" rises 8-5.
If history repeats, U2 is headed towards its fourth No. 1 on the tally. Each of its three previous top fives all reached No. 1:
"Lemon," Dec. 11, 1993
"Discotheque," March 22, 1997
"Beautiful Day," Feb. 3, 2001
The band first charted on Hot Dance Club Songs with "Desire" the week of Dec. 3, 1988.
CHART BEAT BITS: Beyonce's "Above and Beyonce: Video Collection & Dance Mixes (EP)" debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 36, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 23 and Top Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 2. The set is a collection of remixes exclusive to Wal-Mart and digital retailers. It's Beyonce's first entry on the Dance/Electronic album chart ...
"Back From the Dead" becomes Spinal Tap's highest-charting effort on the Billboard 200. The set starts at No. 52, besting the mock-rock group's peaks of "Break Like the Wind" (No. 61) in 1992 and "This Is Spinal Tap" (No. 121) in 1984. Members Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer bring their Spinal chords to London's Wembley Arena Tuesday (June 30) for their "One Night Only World Tour" ...
All-4-One returns to the Adult R&B airplay chart after almost 14 years with "My Child" at No. 38. The song is the harmonizing group's first entry on the chart since "I Can Love You Like That" completed a five-week run on the list dated Sept. 23, 1995. All-4-One led the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks with "I Swear" in 1994. The new song previews the quartet's album "No Regrets," due Aug. 25 ...
The best-of collection "Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison" returns the late Beatle to the Billboard 200, at No. 24, for the first time since his last studio effort, the posthumously-released "Brainwashed," debuted and peaked at No. 18 on Dec. 7, 2002 ...
T-Swizzle is unquestionably one of music's biggest stars. What's that, you don't know who T-Swizzle is? She's not likely to go by that moniker on too many future recordings, but Taylor Swift does on "Thug Story," featuring T-Pain (she raps, he sings, each quite ably). Swift's self-deprecating parody video opened the CMT Awards June 16. We'll keep an eye on whether it reaches a Billboard chart, as 26 mainstream top 40 radio stations subsequently spiked the audio of the comedic clip, viewable here .
- Chart Beat