The new soundtrack isn't the only album debuting this week featuring one of the current "American Idol" top two finalists.
Lee DeWyze bows on Heatseekers Albums at No. 32 with "Slumberland." His second album, released on the independent WuLi Records label, features the singer/songwriter's now-familiar acoustic-rock stylings. (The label released his debut album, "So I'm Told," in 2007).
Billboard chart manager Alex Vitoulis notes that DeWyze is the first "American Idol" contestant to reach a Billboard chart as a solo artist while competing on the show. (2008 hopeful Carly Smithson had spent a week on Hot Singles Sales, billed by her maiden name Carly Hennessy, in 2003. She now fronts the alternative/metal band We Are the Fallen, which, coincidentally, enters the Billboard 200 this week at No. 33 with its debut album, "Tear the World Down").
DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox compete for series' the ninth season crown next Tuesday (May 25), with results to be announced the following night.
"GLEE": Rachel Berry losing her voice last week didn't affect the "Glee" cast's fortunes on the Billboard Hot 100.
For a third consecutive week, the troupe propels five titles onto the chart, upping its count to 48 appearances since it first debuted on June 6, 2009. Among non-solo acts, the ensemble now boasts the fifth-most charted titles in the Hot 100's 52-year history. The only groups with more chart visits are the Beatles (71), the Rolling Stones (57), the Beach Boys (55) and the Temptations (53).
Here is a comparison of the Hot 100 performances of the five latest debuting "Glee" covers (from the May 11 episode "Laryngitis") and any previous charted versions:
No. 1 (two weeks), Rick Springfield, 1981
No. 23, Glee Cast, 2010
No. 10, U2, 1992
No. 86, Mary J. Blige and U2, 2006
No. 82, Adam Lambert, 2009
No. 60, Glee Cast, 2010
"The Boy Is Mine"
No. 1 (13 weeks), Brandy & Monica, 1994
No. 76, Glee Cast, 2010
"Lady Is a Tramp"
No. 81, Glee Cast, 2010
(*while no prior versions reached the Hot 100, Joel Whitburn's "Pop Memories 1890-1954" chronicles four charted versions on pre-Hot 100 "best-selling records" charts based on "miscellaneous reference sources." The highest-peaking recording of the song from the musical "Babes in Arms" is credited to Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (No. 15, 1937). Other notable covers include those by the Supremes and Frank Sinatra, with a little help from his friends, the Beatles.)
No. 93, Glee Cast, 2010
(*the first Hot 100 charted version of the song, from the 1959 musical "Gypsy: A Musical Fable")
GOLDEN 'GURLS': As previously reported, Katy Perry (a former "American Idol" guest judge) charges onto the Hot 100 at No. 2 with "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg. On Digital Songs, the track starts as her second No. 1; "I Kissed a Girl" led for six weeks in July/August 2008.
Upon its launch, Perry's new single becomes the third-highest charting Hot 100 hit with "California" in its title. Her Golden State theme song also tops the twin No. 3 peaks of the Beach Boys' and David Lee Roth's almost-identically titled "California Girls":
Peak, Title, Artist, Year
No. 1 (two weeks), "How Do U Want It"/"California Love," 2Pac featuring K-Ci and JoJo, 1996
No. 1 (one week), "Hotel California," Eagles, 1977
No. 2 (to date), "California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, 2010
No. 3, "California Girls," the Beach Boys, 1965
No. 3, "California Girls," David Lee Roth, 1985
No. 4, "California Dreamin'," the Mamas & the Papas, 1966
No. 5, "California Sun," the Rivieras, 1964
No. 5, "It Never Rains in Southern California," Albert Hammond, 1972
No. 6, "Dani California," Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2006
Perry releases "Teenage Dream," her follow-up album to the No. 9-peaking "One of the Boys," Aug. 24.
JACKSON 1: On Sept. 13, 1980, Jackson Browne spent a week atop the Billboard 200 with "Hold Out." Until this week, that ranking represented his sole frame tallied atop a Billboard chart.
This week, Browne doubles his time logged in charge of a Billboard survey, as "Love Is Strange," with David Lindley, bows at No. 1 on Folk Albums.
"Love Is Strange" documents Browne and Lindley's tour of Spain in 2006. Lindley has played on many of Browne's albums, dating to 1973's "For Everyman."
LEGENDARY LENA: Following her passing May 9, four titles by the late Lena Horne debut on the Jazz Digital Songs chart.
"Stormy Weather" arrives at No. 4, followed by "Someone to Watch Over Me" (No. 17), "I Got Rhythm" (No. 33) and "Summertime" (No. 50).
The late singer, actress and Broadway icon charted seven albums on the Billboard 200 between 1957 and 1981, led by the No. 13 "Porgy & Bess," with Harry Belafonte, in 1959. Her sole Hot 100 history consists of the No. 92-peaking "Now!" (set to the tune of "Hava Nagila") in 1963.
CHART BEAT BITS: Celine Dion enters Top Music Video Sales at Nos. 1 and 2 with "Celine: Taking Chances World Tour: the Concert" and "Celine: Through the Eyes of the World," respectively. She is the first artist other than Bill & Gloria Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band to manage a double-debut in the chart's two top spots. The famed Christian/gospel acts have claimed such simultaneous starts seven times ...
The bad news for Shakira on Latin Digital Songs: her "Gypsy" falls to No. 2 after four weeks on top. The good news for Shakira on Latin Digital Songs: her "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," featuring Freshlyground, takes over by debuting at the summit. The song serves as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament ...
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "I Should Have Known It" claims Rock Songs and Heritage Rock Greatest Gainer honors, opening on the latter chart at No. 27. The song, which the band performed on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live" May 15, introduces the group's 12th studio album, "Mojo," due June 15 ...
Fellow rock veteran Sting takes a slightly more unpredictable turn, as "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (London '10 Version)" enters Classical Digital Songs at No. 1. The song previews Sting's July 13 studio album "Symphonicities," which reinterprets several of the former Police frontman's best-known songs with new orchestrations. "I'm like a kid with a new train set," says Sting of his new tracks ...
Miley Cyrus debuts on Pop Songs at No. 35 with "Can't Be Tamed." Having been released digitally Tuesday (May 18), the song is expected to soar into the Hot 100's upper reaches next week. "Can't Be Tamed," which Cyrus co-wrote, sets up the singer/actress' third studio album of the same name, due June 22.