Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, John Rich, Blondie

'21' = 9: Lady Gaga is on the edge of Billboard 200 glory, as her "Born This Way" is set to storm the summit of next week's chart.

Until then, Adele continues her impressive run at No. 1. The soulful singer/songwriter's sophomore set "21" becomes one of just 12 albums by a woman to lead the Billboard 200 for at least nine weeks.

Here is a look at all 12 titles - three of which belong to Whitney Houston - dating to the chart's launch as a weekly list March 24, 1956:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Year Reached No. 1
20, "The Bodyguard" (soundtrack), Whitney Houston, 1992

15, "Tapestry," Carole King, 1971
14, "Whitney Houston," Whitney Houston, 1986
14, "Judy at Carnegie Hall," Judy Garland, 1961
13, "Jagged Little Pill," Alanis Morissette, 1995
11, "Fearless," Taylor Swift, 2008
11, "Mariah Carey," Mariah Carey, 1991
11, "Whitney," Whitney Houston, 1987
10, "Forever Your Girl," Paula Abdul, 1989
10, "The Singing Nun," the Singing Nun, 1963
9, "21," Adele, 2011
9, "Pearl," Janis Joplin, 1971

With its ninth week atop the Billboard 200, "21" additionally passes the Beatles' "1" for second-longest reign for a solely-numerical title. Among such sets, only Foreigner's "4" led longer (10 weeks, 1981).

Here is a ranking of the eight sets (including Roman numerals and even a prior "21"), ranked by most weeks spent at No. 1, from "1" to "5150":

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Year Reached No. 1
10, "4," Foreigner, 1981
9, "21," Adele, 2011
8, "1," the Beatles, 2000
5, "II," Boyz II Men, 1994
3, "5150," Van Halen, 1986
1, "21," Omarion, 2007
1, "IV," Godsmack, 2006
1, "3121," Prince, 2006

HOW SWEET IT IS: The cinema classic "Pure Imagination" graces the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, as the "Glee" cast's cover of the song from the 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" enters at No. 59.

The Fox TV troupe debuts two additional songs - "Back to Black" (No. 82) and "My Man" (No. 94) - extending its record to 151 charted titles since its arrival two years ago this week.

While "Imagination" makes its Hot 100 introduction, Michael Feinstein's interpretation of the song has charted on Jazz Digital Songs and Kid Digital Songs, while Mariah Carey released a remix of her 1999 No. 4 Hot 100 hit "I Still Believe" that incorporated the composition's melody.

(Click on Chart Beat's video diary of the recent Chiller Fest 2011 to find out if Michael Bollner, aka, the original "Augustus Gloop," is a real-life chocolate addict or if he only played one in the movie).

TRUMPED UP: "Glee" isn't the only primetime TV show sending its stars onto Billboard surveys.

Following his coronation on the 11th season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice," John Rich places two new EPs on Country Albums: "Rich Rocks" (No. 35) and "For the Kids" (No. 43).

The former set is a core country album, sporting such titles as the wry "You Had Me From Hell No," featuring "Apprentice" castmate Lil Jon.

The latter EP, which also bows at No. 8 on Kid Albums, features six children's songs. Proceeds from its sales benefit Rich's "Apprentice" charity of choice, St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

THE X FACTOR: Twenty-seven years, two months and two weeks after the song first appeared on Dance/Club Play Songs, "Original Sin" becomes INXS' first No. 1 on the survey, as a remix of the track rises 2-1.

The original "Original Sin" marked the group's first chart entry the week of March 17, 1984, eventually reaching No. 13. INXS' 12th title on Dance/Club Play Songs is its second update of one of its prior hits; "Need You Tonight" rose to No. 7 in 1988 and returned in remixed form (No. 16) in 2006.

One of the two featured artists on "Sin," matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas, scores his second No. 1 on the chart in as many tries. His "Lonely No More" topped the June 25, 2005, ranking.

Fellow featured act DJ Yaleidys reigns in her first appearance on the list.

The rapture didn't quite live up to its hype. ("Worst. Rapture. Ever.," surmised WPLJ (95.5)/New York morning co-host Todd Pettengill).

Still, doomsday-themed songs had people singing along last week.

Michael Andrews' "Mad World," featuring Gary Jules, roars onto the Rock Digital Songs chart at No. 17 with sales of 13,000, a 144% increase, according to Nielsen SoundScan. R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" likewise enters at No. 25 (10,000, up 634%).

And, of course, Blondie's "Rapture" benefitted from the apocalyptic forecast, selling 3,000 downloads (up 461%).

Expect possible similar bumps following Oct. 21.

Or anytime throughout 2012.

Kelly Rowland collects her second R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 - and first as a lead artist - as "Motivation," featuring Lil Wayne, ascends 2-1 in its 10th week. She first led as a guest on Nelly's "Dilemma," which spent nine weeks on top in 2002 ...

Seether scores its highest rank on the Billboard 200, as its sixth chart effort, "Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray," bows at No. 2. The band had previously peaked as high as No. 8 with "Karma and Effect" in 2005. "Country Song," the lead single from "Holding," spends a fifth week atop the Mainstream Rock airplay chart ...

As Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" rewrites the Adult Pop Songs record for most weekly plays (4,928, according to Nielsen BDS) for a second consecutive week, OneRepublic scores its fifth top 10 - its entire chart output - with "Good Life" (12-9). In the chart's 15-year history, only three groups have begun with better top 10 streaks: Goo Goo Dolls (13; 1996-2007), Daughtry (eight; 2007-10) and matchbox twenty (seven; 1997-2001). OneRepublic arrived as the featured act on Timbaland's six-week No. 1 "Apologize" in 2008 ...

NewSong notches its first No. 1 on Christian Albums, as its 12th chart entry, "One True God," opens atop the list. The group, which formed in 1981 and inked its first Billboard chart hit in 1989, is best known to secular audiences for its 2000 holiday season Adult Contemporary No. 1, "The Christmas Shoes" ...

Following the birth of twins Moroccan and Monroe with wife Mariah Carey, multi-media entertainer Nick Cannon celebrates a debut at No. 3 on Comedy Albums with "Mr. Showbiz," released digitally May 16. (The physical version is due May 31). The set is Cannon's first entry on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (No. 66) since 2003 when his self-titled debut reached No. 15. "The thing about being married to one of the most famous people in the world," he muses on the not-so-subtly-titled "Married to Mariah," "(is that) people feel like they can come up to me and say whatever they want to say about my wife ... to my face. 'You married to Mariah? Dude, if it was me, I'd have Mariah hitting high notes every night! I'm like, 'dang, Dad'."


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