Chart Beat Wednesday: Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, Billy Currington
HOT & COLDPLAY: Coldplay heats up the Triple A radio airplay chart, where "Life in Technicolor ii" takes over the top spot.
The song is Coldplay's eighth No. 1 on the chart, lifting the band into a second-place tie with Dave Matthews Band, whose "Funny the Way It Is" dips to No. 2, for most leaders in the survey's history. Only U2 has more No. 1s (10) since the list's 1996 launch.
Coldplay first topped the Triple A tally (viewable at billboard.biz) with "In My Place" on the chart dated Sept. 28, 2002. Its next No. 1, "Clocks," reigned for 15 weeks in 2003, the second-longest rule in the chart's 13-year history. U2's "Beautiful Day" led for 16 weeks in 2000-01.
Here are the acts with the most No. 1s in the Triple A chart's archives:
8, Dave Matthews Band
7, Sheryl Crow
7, Counting Crows
6, Jack Johnson
5, John Mayer
U2 and Coldplay have more in common than just the top two spots on the above list. Both bands' lead singers, Bono and Chris Martin, appear at the end of Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie, "Bruno." The comedic "Dove of Peace" features additional solos from Elton John, Sting and Snoop Dogg.
(Paula Abdul "sits" out the song, although she makes herself a bit too comfortable in a memorable cameo).
ON FIRE: Kings of Leon's odyssey of a crossover from rock radio reaches a new milestone.
"Use Somebody" reaches the top 10 (11-9) on Adult Top 40 (viewable at billboard.biz) and ascends to the top 20 on Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40 (23-19). The song marks the first entry on each chart for the quartet, comprised of brothers Caleb, Jared, Matthew and Nathan Followill.
"Use Somebody" spent three weeks atop Alternative beginning in April. The band's fourth studio album, "Only By the Night," became its first top five set on the Billboard 200, debuting at its No. 5 peak last October.
Kings of Leon first charted in Billboard on Sept. 6, 2003, when their debut set, "Youth & Young Manhood," launched atop Heatseekers Albums.
'CRAZY' FOR HIM: Billy Currington lands his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Country Songs, as "People Are Crazy" climbs 2-1.
The Rincon, Georgia native first led the chart for two weeks with "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" in December 2005-January 2006. He reigned again for three weeks in May and June 2007 with "Good Directions."
The two years, one month and three weeks between Currington's most recent toppers marks the longest wait between No. 1s since Jason Aldean's span of almost three years between "Why" (May 27, 2006) and "She's Country" (May 16, 2009).
Aldean, meanwhile, snares his seventh top 10 on Country Songs, as "Big Green Tractor" motors 13-10.
COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, where another week at No. 1 places the Black Eyed Peas in elite company. Until this week, only two acts have spent 16 consecutive weeks at No. 1: Boyz II Men (twice) and Mariah Carey. As of last week, the Peas' streak stood at 15 weeks, with 12 for "Boom Boom Pow" and three for "I Gotta Feeling."
On the Billboard 200, Daughtry makes it two-for-two atop the chart, as its sophomore set, "Leave This Town," follows its self-titled debut to the summit. The act becomes just the third group this decade to arrive with a pair of No. 1 albums, and all three groups begin with the letter "D."