Chart Beat Wednesday: Stone Temple Pilots, Easton Corbin, Lady Antebellum

Chapman Baehler
Stone Temple Pilots

STONE ROCK: Stone Temple Pilots touch down on Alternative Songs at No. 39 with "Between the Lines," the format cornerstone band's first entry on the list since 2003.

The Scott Weiland-led group's new track concurrently starts as the Hot Shot Debut on Rock Songs at No. 40.

"Between the Lines" marks STP's 20th visit to Alternative Songs. The band first arrived on the April 10, 1993, chart with the eventual No. 9-peaking "Plush." The band has risen as high as No. 2 with three songs: "Vasoline" and "Interstate Love Song" (1994) and "Big Bang Baby" (1996).

Before this week, the band had last charted with "All in the Suit That You Wear," which reached No. 19 in November 2003.

Stone Temple Pilots separated in 2003 and reunited for a 75-date tour in 2008. The band releases its self-titled sixth studio album May 25.

NEW 'COUNTRY': Easton Corbin becomes the first solo male to cap Country Songs with a debut single in more than six years, as "A Little More Country Than That" steps 2-1.

Billboard country charts manager Wade Jessen notes that the song is the first by a male rookie to command Country Songs since Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'," which crowned the chart dated Sept. 27, 2003. Before Bentley, the last male to make such a grand entrance was the artist that Corbin dethrones this week. Blake Shelton, who dips 1-6 with "Hillbilly Bone," reached No. 1 with his introductory hit "Austin" in 2001.

Corbin's new leader is the first No. 1 maiden chart single by any act since Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried," which ruled the roost for two weeks in December 2008.

With Corbin's coronation, Country Songs houses yet another No. 1 with the genre's name in its title. "A Little More Country Than That" is the 17th chart-topping title to feature the word "country" in the survey's 66-year history and second in three weeks, following Billy Currington's "That's How Country Boys Roll." Last year, Alan Jackson ("Country Boy") and Jason Aldean ("She's Country") added to the list.

A 1: Three charts conquered, and counting, for Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now."

After leading Country Songs for five weeks beginning in November and ascending to the top of Adult Pop Songs last week, the trio's ballad bounds 4-1 on Adult Contemporary. With just 10 chart weeks on the lattermost survey, "Need You Now" makes the quickest sprint to the top (excluding seasonal titles) since Phil Collins' "Can't Stop Loving You" reached No. 1 in nine frames in 2002.

On Pop Songs, Lady A's smash soars 8-3 with Greatest Gainer honors. With the jump, the song secures the highest ranking for a country group in the chart's 17-year archives. Of the two previous country groups to reach the top 10, Lonestar peaked at No. 7 with "Amazed" in 2000, and Restless Heart reached No. 4 with "When She Cries" in 1993.

COMPLETE BEAT: Stone Temple Pilots aren't the only alternative heavyweights returning to Billboard's rankings after a lengthy absence. The White Stripes bow on the Billboard 200 at No. 11 with the "Under Great White Northern Lights" soundtrack. The duo last appeared on the list with "Icky Thump," which reached a career-best No. 2 in 2007. Check tomorrow's Chart Beat blog for more highlights from Billboard's entire menu of surveys.


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