Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, 'Glee' Cast, Aretha Franklin
ALL ABOUT ADELE: As Adele spends a seventh week atop the Billboard 200 with her sophomore set "21," the album's lead single, "Rolling in the Deep," becomes the singer/songwriter's first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.
(As for the title's meaning, Adele describes it as an "adaptation of a kind of slang, slur phrase in the UK called 'roll deep,' which means to ... always have someone that has your back, and you're never on your own. I thought that's what I was always going to have, and, um, it ended up not being the case").
Since the Hot 100 adopted Nielsen BDS and SoundScan airplay and sales data, respectively, the week of Nov. 30, 1991 (after the Billboard 200 had converted to SoundScan-fueled figures in the May 25, 1991, issue), Adele is the 14th woman to command each chart simultaneously. (The fairer sex wins bragging rights: 12 solo males have accomplished the feat in that span).
Among the exclusive club, Whitney Houston has spent the most weeks (12) concurrently in charge of each chart, with "I Will Always Love You" from "The Bodyguard" (Dec. 12, 1992-Feb. 27, 1993), while Mariah Carey (three) and Janet Jackson (two) are the only artists to so doubly dominate with multiple albums.
Carey is also the only woman in that stretch to simultaneously rule the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with two singles from the same set; "Fantasy" and "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, each fronted the Hot 100 while "Daydream" dominated the Billboard 200.
Here is a look at the who's-who of female stars who have topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 in the same week in the charts' Nielsen data eras:
Artist, Billboard 200 No. 1, Hot 100 No. 1(s), Year(s)
Adele, "21," "Rolling in the Deep," 2011
Ke$ha, "Animal," "TiK ToK," 2010
Leona Lewis, "Spirit," "Bleeding Love," 2008
Alicia Keys, "As I Am," "No One," 2007
Avril Lavigne, "The Best Damn Thing," "Girlfriend," 2007
Nelly Furtado, "Loose," "Promiscuous" (featuring Timbaland), 2006
Mariah Carey, "The Emancipation of Mimi," "We Belong Together," 2005
Beyonce, "Dangerously in Love," "Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay-Z), 2003
Ashanti, "Ashanti," "Foolish," 2002
Jennifer Lopez, "J to Tha L-O! The Remixes," "Ain't It Funny" (featuring Ja Rule), 2002
Janet Jackson, "All for You," "All for You," 2001
Madonna, "Music," "Music," 2000
Britney Spears, "...Baby One More Time," ...Baby One More Time," 1999
Mariah Carey, "Daydream," "Fantasy"/"One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men), 1995-96
Mariah Carey, "Music Box," "Hero," 1993-94
Janet Jackson, "janet.," "That's the Way Love Goes," 1993
Whitney Houston, "The Bodyguard" (soundtrack), "I Will Always Love You," 1992-93
ADELE-ATION: Chart Beat readers weigh in with further nuggets about Adele's ascension to the Hot 100 summit.
Frequent contributor Pablo Nelson of Berkeley, Calif., notes that Adele "lines up below only six artists when listing those who've topped the Hot 100 alphabetically: Aaliyah, ABBA, Gregory Abbott, Paula Abdul, Ace of Base and Bryan Adams. Aerosmith is next after Adele."
("I wish I knew how to type that first 'B' of ABBA backwards," Nelson adds).
Larry Cohen of Trumbull, Conn., points out that Adele is "the first act from Britain's mainland to top the Hot 100 since March 20, 2010, when London-born Taio Cruz reached No. 1 with 'Break Your Heart,' featuring Ludacris.
"I specify the wording 'mainland' because in between Cruz and Adele, Rihanna reached the summit five times. She's a native of the island of Barbados, which shares the same monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as the UK."
GOING BACK AGAIN: The "Glee" cast extends its Hot 100 record to 142 chart entries, as it debuts five of its six covers from the series' May 3 episode that paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac's opus "Rumours."
Three of the TV troupe's remakes had charted originally as Fleetwood Mac singles in 1977: "Go Your Own Way" (No. 45 by the "Glee" cast/No. 10 by Fleetwood Mac), "Don't Stop" (No. 79/3) and "Dreams" (No. 92/1).
Two "Rumours" tracks make their first Hot 100 visits courtesy of the "Glee" singers: "Songbird" (No. 68) and "Never Going Back Again" (No. 81). The other "Rumours" cut that the ensemble updated, "I Don't Want to Know," just misses the Hot 100, bowing at No. 1 on its Bubbling Under chart.
"Rumours" spent 31 weeks - the most for an album by a group - atop the Billboard 200 in 1977-78. The set, certified 19x-Platinum by the RIAA, concurrently re-enters the survey at No. 11.
NICKS OF TIME: One of Fleetwood Mac's own helps prevent "Rumours" from ranking in the Billboard 200's top 10, as Stevie Nicks' "In Your Dreams" bows at No. 6.
The set is the fifth of Nicks' seven studio albums to reach the Billboard 200's top tier:
Peak Position, Title, Peak Year
No. 1 (one week), "Bella Donna," 1981
No. 5, "The Wild Heart," 1983
No. 12, "Rock a Little," 1986
No. 10, "The Other Side of the Mirror," 1989
No. 45, "Street Angel," 1994
No. 5, "Trouble in Shangri-La," 2001
No. 6, "In Your Dreams," 2011
CHART QUEEN: Aretha Franklin arrives at No. 15 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "A Woman Falling Out of Love," the Queen of Soul's 45th set to grace the list. (Only the Temptations (56) and James Brown (53) have made more appearances).
Franklin's span on the survey encompasses its entire history. Her first entry, "Runnin' Out of Fools," ranked at No. 9 when the chart launched the week of Jan. 30, 1965.
Sold exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club through June 3, the new album is Franklin's first studio set since 2003.
CHART BEAT BITS: Sade debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 7 with "The Ultimate Collection," the R&B/jazz act's ninth top 10 album - its entire output - dating to its 1985 arrival with the No. 5-peaking "Diamond Life." With 10 between its first entry in 1969 and 1983, Led Zeppelin is the only group to begin with a longer streak of top 10s ...
Donny and Marie Osmond return to the Billboard 200 and score their highest placement, as "Donny & Marie" bows at No. 30. The multi-media sibling stars placed six sets on the survey between 1974 and 1978, with their introductory album, "I'm Leaving It All Up to You," representing their previous highest peak (No. 35) ...
Ronnie Dunn notches his first solo top 10 on Country Songs, as "Bleed Red" rises 11-10. The singer collected 41 top 10s, including 20 No. 1s, as half of Brooks & Dunn between 1991 and 2009 ...
Previewing his fifth studio set, David Guetta posts his highest Hot 100 debut, as "Where Them Girls At," featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj, launches at No. 14. The song grants the French DJ his first No. 1 entrance on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs ...
Following Cinco de Mayo, two studio group versions of "Mexican Hat Dance" debut on Regional Mexican Digital Songs. The Hit Crew's version bows at No. 2 and a rendition by the act billed simply as Cinco de Mayo Celebration starts at No. 8. (It's no surprise that the song would chart in the wake of May 5 festivities, but if you were of sound mind enough to sit at your computer and concentrate on purchasing the song successfully, it's possible you didn't fully soak in the spirit of the celebration).