The Queen of Pop moves closer to the Queen of Soul's Hot 100 record, while music from the King of Pop makes a royal return.
As she takes a bow, Madonna ties Dionne Warwick for the second-most Hot 100 entries among women after Aretha Franklin. Here is a look at the female artists that have made the most visits to the survey:
73, Aretha Franklin
56, Dionne Warwick
53, Connie Francis
48, Brenda Lee
44, Mariah Carey
43, Taylor Swift
41, Barbra Streisand
40, Mary J. Blige
40, Diana Ross
Madonna additionally extends her mark for the most top 40 hits among women in the Hot 100's history, as "Luvin'" arrives as her 49th title to reach the region. She outpaces Franklin (43), Carey, Francis (33 each) and Janet Jackson (32). With one more top 40 entry, Madonna will match the totals tallied by the Beatles and the "Glee" cast (50 each). Elvis Presley leads all acts with 80 top 40 hits dating to the Hot 100's Aug. 4, 1958, launch. The only other acts with more than 50 top 40 songs are Elton John (57) and Lil Wayne (55).
With her grand entrance, the Queen of Pop becomes just the second artist to have logged top 40 hits in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10. The first? The King of Pop.
The week of Jan. 1, 2011, Michael Jackson's "Hold My Hand," with Akon, rose from No. 65 to its No. 39 peak. "Hand" became Jackson's 38th solo top 40 hit. While Madonna bests him in the category, his streak of top 40 titles spans five decades, as he notched his first top 40 song apart from the Jackson 5, "Got to Be There" (No 4) in 1971.
Speaking of Jackson ...
(G)LOVED ONE: "How fun that in the week that Madonna returns to the Hot 100 we also see so many Michael Jackson titles on the chart," writes Chart Beat reader Pablo Nelson of Berkeley, Calif. "It's all about the '80s! Of course, Madonna and Jackson's careers cover so much more than just that decade."
The Jan. 31 episode of Fox's "Glee" paying tribute to Jackson results in five of the cast's remakes moonwalking onto the Hot 100 (extending the troupe's record total to 189 career entries). The cast's take on "Smooth Criminal," featuring 2Cellos, begins at No. 26 - marking the "Glee" ensemble's 50th top 40 hit - while covers of "Human Nature" (Jackson's, not Madonna's), "Black or White," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' " and "Bad" arrive at Nos. 56, 64, 78 and 80, respectively.
The "Glee" cast's version of "Criminal" begins as the fourth remake of a Jackson jam to reach the top 40. Here is a recap of all four:
No. 19, "Beat It," Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer, 2008
No. 23, "Smooth Criminal," Alien Ant Farm, 2001
No. 26, "Smooth Criminal," "Glee" cast featuring 2Cellos, 2012
No. 38, "Thriller"/"Heads Will Roll," "Glee" cast, 2011
Clearly, despite "Criminal" having peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100 in 1989 after five singles from "Bad" had reached the chart's summit, the song remains a favorite. (Billboard R&B/hip-hop charts manager Karinah Santiago cites the original version's memorable video as a factor in the song's lasting popularity, as well as its hip-hop leanings, which align well with the tastes of today's audiences).
With the entrances of "Black or White" and "Bad," which originally topped the Hot 100 for Jackson in 1991 and 1987, respectively, the "Glee" cast has now returned 57 former Hot 100 No. 1s to the survey.
SHE'S NUMBER 'ONE': Rihanna rules Dance/Club Play Songs for a 17th time, as "You Da One" rises 2-1.
With the advance, she ties Beyonce for the third-most leaders in the chart's 35-year history. Only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson (19) have sent more titles to the top. Madonna could soon add to her record No. 1 sum, as "Give Me All Your Luvin' " is bubbling under Dance/Club Play Songs following its radio and retail launch last week.
JAZZED UP: Saxophonist Eric Marienthal notches his first top 10 on Contemporary Jazz Albums since 2001, as "It's Love" bows at No. 6.
The set's first single, "Get Here," which debuts on Smooth Jazz Songs at No. 22, is an instrumental update of Oleta Adams' hit ballad (written by R&B veteran Brenda Russell), which rose to No. 5 on the Hot 100 in 1991.
IT IS THE LIGHT OF THE CHART: Following its physical release after six weeks on the Cast Albums chart as a digital exclusive, the New Broadway Cast Recording of "Godspell" ascends to the summit (7-1).
With the beloved 1971 musical from Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak running at the Circle in the Square theater on Broadway in New York, "Godspell" continues to find new audiences. ("A family-friendly show that deserves to run forever," praises Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal).
"We're delighted to be at No. 1," Adam Gale, one of the producers of the current iteration of "Godspell," tells Billboard. "Stephen Schwartz's music has inspired generations of fans around the world. And, all of our cast members are exceptional singers."
The new album's coronation coincides with the 40th anniversary of the musical's signature ballad "Day by Day" having risen to No. 13 on the Hot 100 in 1972.
"Many people are first exposed to Broadway through cast albums," adds Gale, "so the success of 'Godspell' is a great way to ensure both that Broadway will continue to have a huge worldwide audience and that cast albums will remain an important part of the recording industry."