Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, LMFAO, Heavy D
With three debuts, Swift passes five legends to claim the seventh-most Hot 100 appearances among women.
SHHH! THE 'MOVIE' STARTED: Winning the Country Music Association's coveted Entertainer of the Year prize (Nov. 9)? Check.
Topping Country Songs for a fifth time, with "Sparks Fly"? Check.
Preparing to accept the 2011 Woman of the Year award at Billboard's annual Women in Music event (Dec. 2)? Check.
Any other feats that Taylor Swift needed to cross off her to-do list?
Oh, right. Passing Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson for a key Billboard Hot 100 achievement.
Swift sends three songs onto the Hot 100 this week: "If This Was a Movie" (No. 10), "Ours," her next country radio single (No. 13), and "Superman" (No. 26). The tracks made their digital retail debuts Nov. 8 after previously being available only on the deluxe CD version of her "Speak Now" album at Target stores.
With the bows, Swift moves past five legendary performers to claim the seventh-most Hot 100 appearances among women.
Here is an updated count of the women with the most charted titles, and their career chart spans, in the Hot 100's 53-year history:
73, Aretha Franklin, 1961-98
56, Dionne Warwick, 1962-98
55, Madonna, 1983-2009
53, Connie Francis, 1958-69
48, Brenda Lee, 1959-73
44, Mariah Carey, 1990-2011
42, Taylor Swift, 2006-11
41, Barbra Streisand, 1964-97
40, Diana Ross, 1970-86
39, Mary J. Blige, 1992-2010
39, Whitney Houston, 1984-2009
39, Janet Jackson, 1982-2008
Swift, whose first concert CD/DVD, "Speak Now World Tour Live," arrives Monday (Nov. 21), is aware of not only having joined the ranks of the rock era's most prolific women, but also of what she views as a responsibility of all artists.
"I definitely think about a million people when I'm getting dressed in the morning," she told CBS News. "It would be really easy to say, 'I'm 21 now, I do what I want!' But, it's not the truth of it.
"The truth is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation. So, make your words count."
Lesley Stahl's interview with Swift will air Sunday (Nov. 20) on "60 Minutes."
FIT FOR A QUEEN: The female artist with the most Hot 100 visits makes her own chart headlines.
Aretha Franklin notches her first entry on Adult R&B since 2007, as the aptly titled "How Long I've Been Waiting" debuts at No. 35. The song appears on her self-released 38th studio set, "A Woman Falling Out of Love," which began at No. 15 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in May.
The bow of "Waiting" coincides with the Queen of Soul's 50th anniversary of her first appearance in the Hot 100's top 40. Franklin rose 43-39 with "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" the week of Nov. 25, 1961.
'PARTY' FOR 25: LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, departs the Hot 100's top 10, dipping 10-14, but the song's 25-week residency in the top tier is among the eight longest in the chart's history.
The track bounded 20-8 on the June 4 chart, spent its first of six weeks at No. 1 the week of July 16 and was honored as Billboard's 2011 Song of the Summer.
Here is a look at the titles that have logged the most time in the Hot 100's top 10:
Weeks in Top 10, Title, Artist, Peak, Year
32, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes, No. 2 1997
30, "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas, No. 1 (12 weeks) 1999
28, "You Were Meant for Me"/"Foolish Games," Jewel, No. 2, 1997
26, "Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden, No. 1 (two weeks), 1998
25, "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, No. 1 (six weeks), 2011
25, "Apologize," Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, No. 2, 2007
25, "Un-Break My Heart," Toni Braxton, No. 1 (11 weeks), 1996
25, "The Twist," Chubby Checker, No. 1 (one week), 1960; (two weeks), 1962
It's been a "party"-hearty year on the Hot 100. In addition to LMFAO's smash, five other songs with the word "party" in their titles have charted this year: Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party," which peaked at No. 39; Waka Flocka Flame's "Grove St. Party," featuring Kebo Gotti (No. 74); the Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Stop the Party" (No. 86); Mac Miller's "Party on Fifth Ave." (No. 64); and, Beyonce's "Party" (No. 54, as of this week), marking the busiest year for such-titled hits in the Hot 100's history.
'JAGGER'-NAUT: "Party Rock Anthem" isn't the only current hit notable for its chart longevity.
Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, registers its 15th week in the Hot 100's top 10, where it holds at No. 4 for a second week after leading the list for four weeks beginning Sept. 10.
With its latest frame in the top tier, "Jagger" takes over as the song that has racked the most weeks in the top 10 for each act. Maroon 5 previously notched as many as 14 weeks in the top bracket with "This Love," its first top 10, in 2004.
Aguilera likewise remained in the Hot 100's top 10 for 14 weeks with her first top 10, "Genie in a Bottle," in 1999.
With sales of 3.2 million, "Jagger" also ranks as each artist's best-selling download, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Makes Me Wonder" (2.6 million) represents Maroon 5's previous best, while "Ain't No Other Man" (1.7 million) marks Aguilera's second-best digital sum.
1980-SOMETHING: Two '80s hits return to the chart as covers.
Blake Shelton's version of Kenny Loggins' "Footloose," which reigned for three weeks beginning March 31, 1984, starts at No. 63 and the "Glee" cast's take on Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl," which reached No. 3 in 1983, launches at No. 68.
While Shelton's "Footloose" marks the first Loggins remake to reach the Hot 100, the "Glee" cast's "Uptown" update is the second charted cover of a Joel Hot 100 hit. Both are by the TV troupe: its rendition of "Only the Good Die Young," a No. 24 Hot 100 hit for Joel in 1978, spent a week at No. 50 on the Oct. 23, 2010, chart.
EVERLASTING 'LOVE': Fans have showed their admiration for late hip-hop luminary Heavy D.
Following his passing Nov. 8 at 44, Heavy D & the Boyz' "Now That We Found Love" debuts at No. 20 on Rap Digital Songs with 18,000 downloads sold, according to SoundScan. The song had shifted less than 1,000 downloads the previous week.
The track concurrently bows atop the Yahoo! Videos list with 73,000 streams.
After reaching No. 11, "Love" wrapped its Hot 100 chart run exactly 20 years ago this week.