73, Aretha Franklin 58, Taylor Swift 56, Madonna 56, Dionne Warwick 53, Connie Francis 48, Brenda Lee 46, Nicki Minaj 45, Mariah Carey 41, Rihanna 41, Barbra Streisand 40, Mary J. Blige 40, Diana Ross 39, Whitney Houston 39, Janet Jackson
(Not to stir up trouble ahead of tonight's "American Idol" season finale, but … since Nicki Minaj has already Tweeted about the topic …: While Carey ups her count by one, fellow "Idol" judge Minaj passes her by charting two debuts this week, pushing her total to 46 career Hot 100 hits. Minaj bows as a featured act on Carly Rae Jepsen's "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" at No. 90 and Rich Gang's "Tapout" at No. 100. Notably, Carey has sported lead billing on 43 of her entries; Minaj, as rappers regularly chart in featured roles, has served as lead on 17 of hers).
With "#Beautiful" bowing, Carey also claims her 35th top 40 Hot 100 hit, tying Island Def Jam labelmate Rihanna's total.
Here's a look at the solo females to make the most visits to the chart's top 40:
49, Madonna 43, Aretha Franklin 41, Taylor Swift 35, Mariah Carey 35, Rihanna 33, Connie Francis 32, Janet Jackson 31, Dionne Warwick 29, Whitney Houston 29, Brenda Lee
Carey continues to boast one of the most vaunted of all Hot 100 records: her 18 No. 1s are the most among solo acts (and second overall only to the Beatles' 20). With 54 million albums sold, Carey is also the best-selling female album artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking U.S. sales in 1991. She trails only overall leader Garth Brooks (68.6 million) and runners-up the Beatles (64.4 million).
Miguel, meanwhile, easily makes his best Hot 100 start with "#Beautiful." Of his prior seven charted titles, he'd debuted as high as No. 82 with his eventual No. 17-peaking "Adorn," still his highest-charted hit.
Momentum for "#Beautiful" should continue: Carey is scheduled to perform the song tonight on the "Idol" season finale when either Candice Glover or Kree Harrison is named the series' newest champion.
KING OF (LATIN) POP: Michael Jackson's influence continues to show, as two titles that the late legend took to the top of the Hot 100 grace the Tropical Airplay chart.
As Toby Love's "Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can't Stop Loving You)" ranks at No. 13 after reaching No. 1 last month, Arthur Hanlon's "Alli Estare (I'll Be There)," featuring Karlos Rose, debuts at No. 40. The original versions crowned the Hot 100 for Jackson solo and the Jackson 5 in 1987 and 1970, respectively.
Rose previously ruled Tropical Airplay with another remake of a Hot 100 leader: his cover of Bruno Mars' 2010 No. 1 "Just the Way You Are" topped Tropical Airplay last year.
'GREAT' NEWS: The soundtrack to "The Great Gatsby" launches at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, helping spur its lead single, Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful," to a 95-59 catapult on the Hot 100. The track concurrently vaults 47-19 on Digital Songs (77,000 downloads sold, up 94%).
After seven prior tries, Del Rey scores her first top 10 on Hot Rock Songs, where "Young" jumps 13-9.
J.LO 'UP': Jennifer Lopez returns to the Hot 100, as "Live It Up," featuring Pitbull, begins at No. 73.
While the song marks her 23rd Hot 100 entry, dating to her maiden appearance with the five-week No. 1 "If You Had My Love" in 1999, it's her first on RedOne's 2101 imprint and the Capitol Records label. Her new single starts on Digital Songs at No. 43 (43,000 downloads sold) and Pop Songs at No. 33.
"Live" is Lopez and Pitbull's third charted collaboration, with a release from the tandem having become an annual rite of spring. "On the Floor" rose to No. 3 in May 2011 and "Dance Again" reached No. 17 a year ago this month.
ROD'S RECORDS: As previously reported, Rod Stewart roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 7 with "Time." Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield noted that the set is the pop/rock icon's highest-charting studio album of original material since 1979, when "Blondes Have More Fun" logged three weeks at No. 1. In between, Stewart notched nine sets that peaked higher than No. 7 but they consisted of live recordings, covers or Christmas fare.
Now with 17 Billboard 200 top 10s, Stewart equals the sums of four other beloved male singers and moves up on the list of the acts with the most such albums since the chart originated as a weekly survey the week of March 24, 1956.
Here's an updated ranking of the artists with the most Billboard 200 top 10s:
36, the Rolling Stones 33, Frank Sinatra 32, Barbra Streisand 30, the Beatles 27, Elvis Presley 20, Bob Dylan 20, Madonna 18, Paul McCartney/Wings 17, Neil Diamond 17, Elton John 17, Bruce Springsteen 17, Rod Stewart 17, George Strait
"She Makes Me Happy," the lead single from "Time," climbs 14-12 in its sixth week on Adult Contemporary. (Notably, the set's also catchy "Can't Stop Me Now" sold more than 10 times as many downloads (4,000) as "Happy" in the sales tracking week, a perhaps key piece of research for when Capitol considers a follow-up single. "Stop" serves as an ode to Stewart's career, even name-checking his 1971 debut five-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Maggie May.")
Gratefully referring to his life as "a long luxury aircraft ride," Stewart says that "Time" broke a writer's block that kept him from authoring new songs for nearly 15 years. "Something clicked and I realized I had things to write about again, a whole life's-worth of topics, in fact.