Chart Beat: Rodney Atkins, Green Day, Anberlin
COUNTRY BACK ON ATKINS DIET: After posting four No. 1s on Hot Country Songs from his last album, "If You're Going Through Hell," Rodney Atkins continues his winning ways with "It's America." The title cut from his newly-released set soars 4-1, becoming his fifth career leader. Here is a look at Atkins' five front-runners, their total weeks at No. 1, and the dates they reached top:
"If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," four, Aug. 12, 2006
"Watching You," four, Jan. 27, 2007
"These Are My People," one, Sept. 8, 2007
"Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)," two, March 1, 2008
"It's America," one, May 2, 2009
Since Atkins notched his first leader, only Brad Paisley (seven No. 1s), Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney (six each) have more. Rascal Flatts has also collected five in that span.
Interestingly, while five of Atkins' last seven chart entries have reigned, the other two have stopped at a dreaded peak of No. 41. "Someone to Share It With" in 2004 and "Invisibly Shaken" last year each fell a notch short of being heard on "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks."
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Two of rock's marquee acts return in grand fashion, each notching top 10 debuts on rock airplay charts.
Green Day earns its highest career bows on Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock, as "Know Your Enemy" rockets in at No. 8 on the former and No. 19 on the latter list. At Modern Rock, the track eclipses the No. 10 entrance of "American Idiot" in 2004. At Mainstream Rock, three of the band's songs ("Minority," "Hitchin' a Ride" and "Holiday") opened at a previous highpoint of No. 24.
The trio releases "21st Century Breakdown," Friday, May 15.
On the Triple A chart, Dave Matthews Band launches at No. 7 with "Funny the Way It Is." The group had previously debuted at a higher spot only with "Where Are You Going" (No. 6) in 2002. "Too Much" also opened at No. 7 in 1996.
The band's "Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King" drops June 2.
'FEEL GOOD' STORY: The top of the Modern Rock chart boasts its own news, as Anberlin completes the longest journey to the summit dating to the chart's 1988 inception.
"Feel Good Drag" rises 2-1 in its 29th chart week to become the Florida-based quintet's first No. 1. The odyssey passes the 27-week trek that culminated in a No. 1 ranking for 10 Years' "Wasteland" in February 2006.
'LUCKY' STARS: Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat pair up for the Adult Top 40 airplay chart's first top 10 duet in 13 years, as "Lucky" lifts 11-10.
The only other top 10 title to sport a shared lead credit (as opposed to a lead billing and a featured appearance) was the song that led the list upon its March 16, 1996, launch: Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day."
One song missed the honor by a single chart position: Sheryl Crow and Sting peaked at No. 11 in 2006 with "Always On Your Side." Another pairing came close: Jordin Sparks' duet with Chris Brown, "No Air," peaked at No. 12 last year. The only other top 20 duet in the chart's archives was "I Finally Found Someone," which Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams took to No. 19 in 1996.
"Lucky," which bullets at No. 28 on Adult Contemporary, marks Mraz and Caillat's third Adult Top 40 top 10 apiece.
COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, where Emimem will make his expected lofty entrance with "We Made You."
We'll also take an in-depth look at the Billboard 200 coronation of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and uncover why three "Les Miserables"-related titles bound into the top 10 of Top Cast Albums.