Chart Beat Wednesday: Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Hole

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Lady Antebellum on the cover of Billboard magazine.

'NOW,' THAT'S A NO. 1: We may not find out what happens a bit later than a quarter after one, but we do know that the two subjects of "Need You Now" wind up atop Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart.

Lady Antebellum's former Country Songs No. 1 becomes just the second Adult Pop Songs leader to cross over from the former tally. Faith Hill's "Breathe" spent a week in the penthouse on the Adult Pop Songs chart dated April 22, 2000.

"Need You Now" reaches the Adult Pop Songs summit (with Greatest Gainer accolades) in its 10th week, marking the fastest rise to the top since Leona Lewis bolted to No. 1 with "Bleeding Love" in its eighth week in June 2008.

The ballad from the trio of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott continues to win over new audiences. "Need You Now" bullets at No. 4 on Adult Contemporary and No. 8 on Pop Songs. With a debut at No. 18 on the Hot Dance Airplay chart, the song becomes the first title to make the list after having appeared on Country Songs.

The success of "Need You Now" is not lost on the group's members, who tell Billboard that the appeal of the song has surpassed their expectations.

"We could have never even imagined the acceptance we've had to 'Need You Now' and are overcome by the fact that it's reaching so many people in so many different places and walks of life.

"We're pinching ourselves. This is too surreal!"

'FEARLESS' FIVE: Lady Antebellum claims Greatest Gainer honors at its home format, as "American Honey" jumps 10-8 on Country Songs. Two notches lower, Taylor Swift achieves a first in the chart's 66-year history.

Swift lifts 12-10 with the title cut from "Fearless," which becomes the album's fifth top 10 on Country Songs. Having banked five top 10s from her self-titled debut album, Swift is the first solo female to collect five top 10s on the chart from each of her first two albums.

Only two other acts have previously managed the feat. Brooks & Dunn notched five top 10s each from "Brand New Man" and "Hard Workin' Man" (1991-94), and Dixie Chicks hatched five top 10s from their major label debut "Wide Open Spaces" and six from "Fly" (1998-2002).

Here is a rundown of Swift's 10 career-opening Country Songs top 10s:

"Taylor Swift," 2007-08
No. 6, "Tim McGraw"
No. 2, "Teardrops on My Guitar"
No. 1 (six weeks), "Our Song"
No. 3, "Picture to Burn"
No. 1 (two weeks), "Should've Said No"

"Fearless," 2008-2010
No. 1 (two weeks), "Love Story"
No. 2, "White Horse"
No. 1 (two weeks), "You Belong With Me"
No. 7, "Fifteen"
No. 10, "Fearless"

HOLE LOTTA LOVE: Previewing its first album since 1998, the reunited Hole bounds onto Alternative Songs at No. 26 with "Skinny Little Bitch." The band is set to release its fourth studio set, "Nobody's Daughter," April 27.

Hole had last appeared on Alternative Songs when "Awful" wrapped a 14-week run on the chart dated July 17, 1999. "Skinny Little Bitch" marks the group's 10th entry on the list, dating to its first, "Miss World," in 1994. The band spent four weeks at No. 1 with "Celebrity Skin" in 1998.

Since Hole last drew ink on Alternative Songs, lead singer Courtney Love made two solo chart appearances. In 2004, "Mono" rose to No. 18, and "Hold On to Me" reached No. 39.

COMPLETE BEAT: As previously reported, Ludacris posts his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as "Battle of the Sexes" launches in the lead spot. Other veteran names return to the survey after lengthy absences, including Jimi Hendrix, the Chieftains and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Check tomorrow's Chart Beat blog for more highlights from Billboard's entire menu of charts.


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