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HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER: Enrique Iglesias passes a King (of Pop) and a Prince for most No. 1s among solo males in the 34-year history of Dance/Club Play Songs.
"Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E, rises 2-1 to become Iglesias' eighth leader on the list, besting Prince, who notched seven No. 1s between 1981 and 1991, and Michael Jackson (seven chart-toppers from 1983 to 1995, as well as an additional No. 1, "Lovely One"/"Can You Feel It"/"Walk Right Now," from "Triumph," as a member of the Jacksons in 1980).
"I am such a big fan of both Prince and Jackson, and to be included in this elite group of artists is such an honor," Iglesias tells Billboard.
"I've been reading Billboard since I was a child and I'm very proud to be part of music history."
Here is a recap of the singer's eight Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s:
2000, "Be With You"
2004, "Not in Love," featuring Kelis
2009, "Away," featuring Sean Garrett
2010, "I Like It," featuring Pitbull
2011, "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E
Among all artists in the chart's archives, Madonna leads with 40 No. 1s. Janet Jackson ranks second with 19 chart-topping titles, followed by Mariah Carey and Kristine W, each with 15.
LEGENDARY LEGACIES: Two iconic acts return to Country Songs with record-extending entries.
George Jones debuts at No. 59 as a guest on Staind frontman Aaron Lewis' "Country Boy," also featuring Charlie Daniels. With the song's launch, Jones becomes the only artist to appear on the list in each of the last seven decades. His 166 titles are the most in the chart's 67-year history.
Jones had last appeared on Country Songs in 2005 as a featured artist on Shooter Jennings' No. 26-peaking "4th of July." He made his format entrance with the No. 4 classic "Why Baby Why" the week of Oct. 29, 1955.
At No. 60, Alabama bows with "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?," marking the band's first visit since 2002 and 74th overall, the most among groups. Shooter Jennings' father Waylon's original recording of the ode to Hank Williams topped the Nov. 15, 1975, chart.
MARS OBSERVATIONS: Bruno Mars assumes the reins of two airplay charts with different songs.
"Grenade," which returns for a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, rises 3-1 on Pop Songs, while "Just the Way You Are," his debut single as a lead artist, lifts 2-1 on Adult Contemporary. The latter track led Pop Songs for three weeks beginning Oct. 30, 2010.
Mars is just the second artist to dominate the Nielsen BDS-based airplay tallies simultaneously with different tracks since the Pop Songs list's inception in 1992. (The Adult Contemporary chart dates to 1961). Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" spent seven weeks atop Pop Songs in 2005 while prior single "Breakaway" was amid a 21-week AC command.
After no solo males sent their first two chart entries as a lead artist to the Pop Songs summit in the chart's first 16 years, Mars is the third to accomplish the feat since 2009, following Jason Derulo and Taio Cruz.
Mars first ruled Pop Songs as a featured act on B.o.B's "Nothin' On You" the week of May 22, 2010.
CHART 'KING': January affords the Decemberists their first Billboard 200 No. 1, as "The King Is Dead" debuts in the chart's throne.
In their three prior appearances, the Portland, Ore., alternative/folk act had peaked at Nos. 128 ("Picaresque," 2005), 35 ("The Crane Wife," 2006) and 14 ("The Hazards of Love," 2009).
The new set's lead single, the jangly "Down By the Water," rushes 10-7 on the Triple A adult alternative radio airplay tally, while album cut "Don't Carry It All" (both tracks feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck) starts on Rock Digital Songs at No. 40.
Still, the Decemberists have yet to grace the Hot 100, making the group one of just 16 acts to rule the Billboard 200 without charting a Hot 100 entry.
Reflecting the loyalty of indie rock fan bases, the Decemberists follow Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire onto the list:
Artist, Album (Year)
Van Cliburn, "Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1958)
Bob Newhart, "The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!" (1961)
Judy Garland, "Judy at Carnegie Hall" (1961)
Vaughn Meader, "The First Family" (1962)
Frank Fontaine, "Songs I Sing on the Jackie Gleason Show" (1963)
Blind Faith, "Blind Faith" (1969)
N.W.A., "EFIL4ZAGGIN" (1991)
Soundgarden, "Superunknown" (1994)
Pantera, "Far Beyond Driven" (1994)
Makaveli, "The Don Killuminati - The 7 Day Theory" (1996) (While "Makaveli" never appeared on the Hot 100, the project served as an alter-ego release for 2Pac, who placed 21 titles on the chart between 1993 and 2009).
Bob Carlisle, "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)" (1997) (Both Soundgarden and Carlisle reached the top 25 of Radio Songs with tracks that were not widely commercially-available and, thus, per rules at the time, ineligible to appear on the Hot 100).
Il Divo, "Ancora" (2006)
Slipknot, "All Hope Is Gone" (2008)
Vampire Weekend, "Contra" (2010)
Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs" (2010)
The Decemberists, "The King Is Dead" (2011)
HIGH FIVE: The Decemberists contribute to a rare bounty of new music atop the Billboard 200's upper reaches, as the chart's top five consists entirely of debuting titles for only the fifth time in its 55-year history.
Below the "The King Is Dead," Kidz Bop Kids' "Kidz Bop 19" starts at No. 2, followed by the Script's "Science & Faith," Social Distortion's "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" and Gregg Allman's "Low Country Blues."
Having first appeared on the chart in 1990, Social Distortion had previously peaked as high as No. 27 with "White Light White Heat White Trash" in 1996.
Allman nets his first solo top 10, besting the No. 13 peak of his first charted album, "Laid Back," in 1973. (The Allman Brothers spent five weeks at No. 1 with "Brothers and Sisters," also in 1973, and have banked three other Billboard 200 top 10s).
Five new titles had last monopolized the top five the week of Oct. 17, 2009, when Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer" arrived at the apex, followed by Paramore's "Brand New Eyes," Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," Breaking Benjamin's "Dear Agony" and Alice in Chains' "Black Gives Way to Blue."
A quintet of debuting albums stormed the top five twice in 2006. Christina Aguilera's "Back To Basics" launched atop the Sept. 2, 2006, Billboard 200, followed by Lyfe Jennings' "The Phoenix," Trace Adkins' "Dangerous Man," Cherish's "Unappreciated" and the soundtrack to "The Cheetah Girls 2."
The week of May 13, 2006, Godsmack's "IV" opened directly above Taking Back Sunday's "Louder Now," Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome: the Seeger Sessions," Avant's "Director" and Rihanna's debut album "A Girl Like Me."
Five new entrants first populated the top five of the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 11, 2003. That week, OutKast's "Speakerboxx/The Love Below" entered at No. 1, ahead of Dave Matthews' "Some Devil," Limp Bizkit's "Results May Vary," R. Kelly's "The R. in R&B Collection: Volume One" and Obie Trice's "Cheers."
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield, Gordon Murray and Alex Vitoulis.