Weekly Chart Notes: Enrique Iglesias, Katy Perry, Aaron Lewis
DUAL DOMINATION: A week after notching his first No. 1 on Pop Songs, Enrique Iglesias becomes the first artist to top the survey and Latin Songs simultaneously with different songs.
As "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E, tops Pop Songs for a second frame, Iglesias' Spanish-language "No Me Digas Que No," featuring Wisin & Yandel, rises 3-1 on Latin Songs. The latter title is Iglesias' record-extending 22nd No. 1 on Latin Songs. Luis Miguel ranks second with 16 No. 1s on the list, which launched the week of Oct. 4, 1986.
Universal Republic and Universal Music Latino released Iglesias' current bilingual album, "Euphoria," with the labels promoting their respective English- and Spanish-language radio singles.
Prior to Iglesias, two Latin acts - Ricky Martin and Shakira - had topped Pop Songs and Latin Songs concurrently, but with English and Spanish versions of the same composition.
Martin topped the tallies in 1999 with the English and Spanish versions of "Livin' La Vida Loca." Shakira repeated the feat in 2006 with dual-language versions of "Hips Don't Lie." (Pop Songs originated the week of Oct. 3, 1992).
"Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" concurrently becomes Iglesias' first No. 1 (2-1) on the all-format Radio Songs chart. Like on Pop Songs, Iglesias is the first artist to rule Radio Songs and Latin Songs with different songs in the same week.
As previously reported, "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" became Iglesias' eighth No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs the week of Feb. 5, lifting him past Michael Jackson and Prince for most leaders among solo male artists in the chart's 34-and-a-half year archives.
("I've been reading Billboard since I was a child and I'm very proud to be part of music history," Iglesias told Billboard upon rewriting the Dance/Club Play Songs record).
EXTRAORDINARY: As noted Friday (March 4) in "Ask Billboard," courtesy of Chart Beat reader JonMichael Rasmus of Madison, Wis., Katy Perry last week matched the mark for most consecutive weeks spent in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As "E.T.," featuring Kanye West, soared 28-8 and "Firework" smoldered at No. 6 last week, Perry logged a 42nd week in a row in the chart's top tier.
This week, Perry moves into a solo share of second place for longest uninterrupted stay in the top 10, as "E.T." holds at No. 8 and, for good measure, "Firework" remains in the top 10 at No. 10.
At 43 straight weeks, Perry passes Santana, who linked 42 consecutive frames in the top 10 starting Sept. 4, 1999, with the No. 1s "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas, and "Maria Maria," featuring the Product G&B.
(Mariah Carey ranks third with 41 consecutive weeks in the top 10 with "Fantasy," "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, and "Always Be My Baby" in 1995-96).
Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, arrived at No. 2 on the Hot 100 dated May 29, 2010. Her run continued with "Teenage Dream" prior to "Firework" and "E.T."
The only act in Perry's way for the record? Ace of Base, who occupied the top 10 for 48 consecutive weeks beginning Oct. 16, 1993, with "All That She Wants," "The Sign" and "Don't Turn Around."
As pointed out in "Ask Billboard" Friday, Ace of Base might not mind if Perry bests the group's record stretch.
Said Perry when she was working on "Teenage Dream" in 2009, "I'm kind of thinking I want to do my record like a mesh between 'Lovefool' by the Cardigans and 'The Sign' by Ace of Base. I want to make songs that people want to hold hands and roller-skate to."
Ace of Base reciprocated the admiration.
"I listen to ... Katy Perry and find myself in turn being inspired," says Ulf Ekberg, Ace of Base's co-founder (with Jonas Berggren).
"In many ways ... 'I Kissed a Girl' opened up radio for pop and dance again. We did a little of that in the early '90s in the U.S., so it's amazing (that she's) inspired by us."
MORE THAN 'ENOUGH': The Black Eyed Peas continue another notable Hot 100 streak.
"Just Can't Get Enough" zooms 66-38 to become the quartet's 14th consecutive top 40 Hot 100 hit, marking the longest streak by a group since the Eagles also linked 14 in 1975-99.
The Black Eyed Peas fell shy of the top 40 with their first chart entry, "Request Line," featuring Macy Gray. The song stopped at No. 63 in 2001.
The group's next Hot 100 appearance, the No. 8-peaking "Where Is the Love?," began its active streak of 14 top 40 titles, a run that includes nine top 10s and three No. 1s: "Boom Boom Pow," "I Gotta Feeling" and "Imma Be."
Wings hold the record among groups, as all 23 of their chart entries reached the top 40 in 1972-80.
Elton John leads all artists with 36 consecutive top 40 hits, from "Rocket Man" (No. 6) in 1972 through "Nikita" (No. 7) in 1986.
His streak would have reached an even, and fitting, 40 had "Tiny Dancer" risen at least one notch higher than its No. 41 peak prior to "Rocket Man"; the song followed John's first three top 40 hits: "Your Song" (No. 8), "Friends" (No. 34) and "Levon" (No. 24).
SUNNY SHINES: Sunny Sweeney celebrates her first Country Songs top 10, as "From a Table Away," her maiden chart entry, lifts 12-10 in its 39th week on the survey.
Dating to the adoption of Nielsen BDS data on Country Songs the week of Jan. 20, 1990, Sweeney's odyssey to the top 10 is the longest for any solo female artist's first chart entry. She passes Kellie Coffey's "When You Lie Next to Me," which reached the top tier in its 28th frame in June 2002.
Taylor Swift's "Tim McGraw" now places third in that span, having taken 25 weeks to reach the top 10 in 2006.
"From a Table Away" is additionally the highest-ranking debut Country Songs entry by a female soloist since "Tim McGraw" peaked at No. 6 in January 2007.
CHART KING: On Country Albums, Staind frontman Aaron Lewis bows at No. 1 with his "Town Line" EP.
How rare a feat is it for a core rock act to reign atop the list? It could be argued that Lewis is the first pure rock artist to achieve the feat since Country Albums premiered the week of Jan. 11, 1964.
Another artist whose middle name was Aaron - Elvis Presley - posted seven No. 1s on Country Albums between 1973 and 2002, although the King of Rock & Roll's discography spans various genres, from rock and pop to country, gospel and R&B.
Other artists that straddle country and rock have also led Country Albums, including Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles and Darius Rucker.
Of course, Lewis doesn't command the chart with an album featuring Staind's signature hard rock. "Town Line" sports five southern rock-leaning country songs.
The EP's lead single, "Country Boy," featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels, rises 100-87 in its second week on the Hot 100.
"When you look at the songs in the past that I have sat down and written on an acoustic guitar - 'Outside,' 'It's Been Awhile,' 'So Far Away' - if I had a country band behind me to put down country accompaniments, that would have worked, too," Lewis told Billboard.com last year.
"It just seems like being where I am, country was kind of the next step. It made the most sense."