Chart Beat Wednesday: Katy Perry, Usher, Muse

Katy Perry California Gurls

NORTHERN 'CALIFORNIA': Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, registers the Pop Songs chart's greatest gain in airplay in more than five years, blasting from No. 23 to 12. (All charts will be refreshed tomorrow on

The track, being played on all but one of the chart's 133 reporting mainstream top 40 radio stations, improves by 2,167 plays to 4,777 in the list's tracking week (May 17-23), an 83% gain, according to Nielsen BDS. The song's airplay amounts to an average of 36 plays per station in just its second week on the survey.

The song's gain is the format's largest since Eminem's "Just Lose It" logged a 2,740-play rise on the chart dated Oct. 16, 2004. That week, the song soared 33-10 as the introduction to the rapper's fifth studio album, "Encore."

Having debuted last week with 2,160 detections, "California Gurls" is the only song since the start of the last decade to notch consecutive weeks of gains of more than 2,000 plays.

Since 2000, "California Gurls" holds two of the five greatest week-to-week gains on Pop Songs, a list led by an aptly titled track by 'N Sync:

Gain, Title, Artist, Chart Move, Date
2,769, "Pop," 'N Sync, debut No. 21, June 2, 2001
2,740, "Just Lose It," Eminem, 33-10, Oct. 16, 2004
2,353, "All for You," Janet, debut No. 25, March 17, 2001
2,167, "California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, 23-12, June 5, 2010
2,160, "California Gurls," debut No. 23, May 29, 2010

Perry's new single introduces her album "Teenage Dream," due Aug. 24.

Usher becomes the first artist in the 17-year history of the Rhythmic radio airplay chart to collect 10 No. 1s, as "OMG," featuring, rises 2-1.

Usher pads his lead for most chart leaders over a quintet of acts tied for second place each with seven No. 1s:

Total No. 1s, Artist
10, Usher
7, 50 Cent
7, Beyonce
7, Mariah Carey
7, Nelly
7, T-Pain

Usher's first Rhythmic chart entry, "You Make Me Wanna...," led for 13 weeks in 1997-98. He had last reigned when "Love in This Club," featuring Young Jeezy, topped the chart dated April 12, 2008.

'STAR' SHINES: Mixing art with science, Muse's "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" bounds onto the Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts at Nos. 22 and 27, respectively. The song previews the soundtrack to "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," due June 8.

Muse's lofty Alternative Songs entrance marks the chart's highest debut since Thirty Seconds to Mars' "Kings and Queens" bowed at No. 20 on the Oct. 24, 2009, survey.

Muse ruled Alternative Songs in each of its last two chart visits. "Uprising" spent 17 weeks at No. 1 beginning in September, and "Resistance" led for four weeks in March and April.

COMPLETE BEAT: As previously reported, "Glee: the Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers" opens atop the Billboard 200. The launch makes Fox's "Glee" the latest TV series to yield multiple No. 1s. Check tomorrow's Chart Beat entry for a rundown on previous chart-topping TV soundtracks, as well as more analysis on Billboard's entire menu of sales and airplay charts.


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