Leftovers From Last Week: 'Glee,' Santana, Akon
With last week's charts bursting with numerous notable achievements, headlined by Zac Brown Band, Nelly and Kenny Chesney, here is a recap of a few additional praiseworthy feats before all charts are refreshed with new data Thursday (Oct. 7) on Billboard.com.
COUNTRY POP: Among last week's five debuts by the "Glee" cast on the Billboard Hot 100 was its cover of Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" at No. 28.
The "Glee"-make features prominent vocals by new cast member Chord Overstreet, who portrays transfer student Sam Evans. While it's the singer's first Billboard chart visit, it's not the first by a member of his family.
The actor/singer is the son of Paul Overstreet, who charted 16 entries on Country Songs between 1982 and 1996, including the No. 1s "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love," with Tanya Tucker and Paul Davis, in 1988 and "Daddy's Come Around" in 1991; he inked nine consecutive top 10s on the tally in that three-year span. The elder Overstreet has also written smashes for such stars as Chesney, the Judds and Randy Travis.
"I actually got my name because my dad is in the music business," says Chord. "I was the third (of six children) in my family born, and there are three notes in a chord, so that's how they came up with my name."
"I would love to do a country song on 'Glee'," McKinley High's newly-named quarterback says. "We get an episode at a time, so as far as the storyline goes I don't know if it will happen. But, hopefully. That would be fun."
STREAKING SINCE THE '60S: This week, Santana makes its first appearance on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Jazz Songs chart, as "While My Guitar Gently Weeps, featuring India.Arie and Yo-Yo Ma, bows at No. 24 (the same spot at which the Beatles cover bullets on Adult Contemporary).
Last week, the song's parent set, "Guitar Heaven: the Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time" entered the Billboard 200 at No. 5. With the lofty arrival, the band joins the Rolling Stones as the only acts with top 10 placements in each decade since the '60s. The Rolling Stones extended their streak when the reissued "Exile on Main St." re-entered at No. 2 in June.
Here is a look at Santana's top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, including Carlos Santana's 1972 duets album with Buddy Miles:
Debut Year, Title, Billboard 200 Peak
1969, "Santana," No. 4
1970, "Abraxas," No. 1 (six weeks)
1971, "Santana III," No. 1 (five weeks)
1972, "Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live!," No. 8
1972, "Caravanserai," No. 8
1976, "Amigos," No. 10
1977, "Moonflower," No. 10
1981, "Zebop!," No. 9
1999, "Supernatural," No. 1 (12 weeks)
2002, "Shaman," No. 1 (one week)
2005, "All That I Am," No. 2
2007, "Ultimate Santana," No. 8
2010, "Guitar Heaven: the Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time," No. 5
'ANGEL'S AMONG US: Akon debuted on last week's Hot 100 at No. 62 with "Angel." The dance cut concurrently debuted on Digital Songs at No. 40.
The track marks the 12th different composition entitled "Angel" to have landed on the Hot 100 (not including the pluralized "Angels" by Robbie Williams, which reached No. 53 in 2000, or David Archuleta's cover of the ballad, which logged a week at No. 89 in 2008):
Year, Peak, Artist
1965, No. 51, Johnny Tillotson
1972, No. 40, Rod Stewart
1973, No. 20, Aretha Franklin
1985, No. 5, Madonna
1988, No. 3, Aerosmith
1993, No. 18, Jon Secada
1999, No. 4, Sarah McLachlan
2001, No. 1 (one week), Shaggy featuring Rayvon
2001, No. 70, Lionel Richie
2003, No. 20, Amanda Perez
2008, No. 63, Natasha Bedingfield
2010, No. 62 (to-date), Akon