Chart-based stories on George Jones and George Strait, Jay-Z, and Carole King.
SEE GEORGE RUN: For the first time since Billboard started using Broadcast Data Systems' (BDS) airplay monitoring to compile charts in 1991, two songs debut in the top-40 portion of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Oddly, both have the same word in the title, and are by artists with the same first name.
The highest debut is "Beer Run" (Bandit/BNA) by George Jones with Garth Brooks, which enters at No. 34. Right behind it, at No. 36, is a new entry from George Strait, simply called "Run" (MCA).
THREE GIRLS THREE: Jay-Z is the third artist to chart on The Billboard Hot 100 with a song titled "Girls, Girls, Girls." Motley Crue had a No. 12 hit by that name in 1987, and Eddie Hodges went to No. 14 in 1962 with "(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made to Love." Jay-Z debuts at No. 65 with his "Girls, Girls, Girls" (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam).
And if that isn't enough "3s" for you, Jay-Z is in his third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Blueprint."
MIND THE GAP: There's nothing like a television commercial to help propel album sales, and a 30-year old catalog title is the beneficiary of that theory this week. On Billboard's Top Pop Catalog chart, Carole King's legendary "Tapestry" (Epic) takes a 15-7 leap in its 454th aggregate chart week.
King and daughter Louise Goffin are currently appearing in a TV commercial for clothing retailer The Gap. In the advert, Goffin sings her mother's "So Far Away," one of the tracks on the classic "Tapestry" set, and then King, seated at a piano, sings a bit of "Love Makes the World," the title track from her new album on the Rockingale label.
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