Chart Beat Wednesday: Kings Of Leon, Toby Keith, Maxwell

Dave Vann
Kings of Leon take a bow at Lollapalooza, August 7, 2009.

IT'S GOOD TO BE KINGS: Kings of Leon continue their march across multiple formats, as the quartet crowns the Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart with a 3-1 ascent for "Use Somebody."

Having already hit No. 1 on Alternative Songs and the Triple A and Adult Top 40 charts, the song is the first to top all four tallies since 2004-05, when Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" ruled each survey.

Since 1996, when all four airplay charts first co-existed (Alternative Songs launched in 1988, followed by Pop Songs in 1992 and both Triple A and Adult Top 40 in 1996), only two titles prior to Green Day's and Kings of Leon's conquered each list: Goo Goo Dolls' "Slide" (1998-99) and Sugar Ray's "Every Morning" (1999).

Mariah Carey makes Pop Songs headlines, as well, jumping 12-8 with "Obsessed." The song is her record-extending 17th top 10 on the chart, widening her lead over runner-up Madonna (14).

Pop Songs panelist WXRK (Now 92.3)/New York sports both tracks among its top 10 over the past week, according to Nielsen BDS. WXRK VP/Programming Dom Theodore says that despite the station's tendency to play rhythmic-leaning songs more than guitar-based cuts, Kings of Leon's appeal is undeniable.

"We saw, very early, strong listener reaction on 'Use Somebody.' Simply put, it's a great record. We are in a very balanced music cycle right now, with hits from every genre testing well."

Sharon Dastur, Program Director at crosstown Pop reporter WHTZ (Z100), which is also playing both "Use Somebody" and "Obsessed" in top 10 rotation, adds, "It's exciting to see Kings of Leon connect with the mainstream audience. I've seen how passionate their fans are, and how quickly they've sold out major venues like Madison Square Garden.

"I also hear other songs on (the band's current, fourth album, 'Only By the Night') that could be just as strong for pop radio as 'Use Somebody'."

Kings of Leon's reach extends even further this week. Thanks to radio play of remixes, the song debuts on Hot Dance Airplay (viewable at at No. 17.

ENJOYING THE 'RIDE': Toby Keith's "American Ride" kicks 2-1 on Country Songs, becoming his 19th career No. 1 on the chart and his 16th since 2000, the most among all artists this decade.

Here is a look at the artists with the most Country Songs toppers in the 2000s:

16, Toby Keith
14, Kenny Chesney
13, Brad Paisley
12, Tim McGraw
10, Rascal Flatts
10, Keith Urban

Keith's newest No. 1 is the title cut to his 14th studio album, due Oct. 6.

It's been a party in the U.S.A. on Country Songs of late, as "American Ride" is the second No. 1 with "America" or "American" in its title on the chart this year. Rodney Atkins led with "It's America" in May. That makes 2009 the first year in the chart's 65-year history to feature multiple such-titled No. 1s. And that's not even counting the song that Keith bumps from No. 1: Justin Moore's "Small Town USA."

Among Keith's own No. 1s, "American Ride" is his third with "American" in its title. His "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)" ruled in 2002, and "American Soldier" held sway in 2004.

MAXIMUM MAXWELL: This week, for the first time in the 16-year history of the Adult R&B radio airplay chart (viewable at, one act monopolizes the top two slots on the survey.

Maxwell not only achieves the honor with "Bad Habits" rising 3-1 and "Pretty Wings" dipping 1-2, but he also becomes just the second act to succeed itself at No. 1. Alicia Keys first traded songs at the summit when "No One" replaced "Like You'll Never See Me Again" atop the chart dated Nov. 10, 2007.

"Bad Habits" is Maxwell's fourth Adult R&B No. 1. "Fortunate" spent a chart-record 18 weeks on top in 1999, and "Lifetime" commanded for 15 frames in 2001-02.

COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow, when we run down feats from among all our charts, including the Billboard 200, where Pearl Jam celebrates its first No. 1, "Backspacer," in 13 years. The band had last ruled with "No Code" for two weeks in September 1996. From then until this week, Pearl Jam had sent 25 albums onto the list, including 19 live sets, peaking as high as No. 2 with three entries.


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