Chart Beat Wednesday: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum

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THIS JUST IN ...: Timbaland's "Carry Out" lifts 12-9 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, pushing featured artist Justin Timberlake past Akon and Nelly for most top 10s among solo males.

The song is Timberlake's 13th top on the chart and first since T.I.'s "Dead and Gone," on which Timberlake guested, reached the top 10 a year ago this week.

Among all artists, Timberlake is now tied with Rihanna for third-most top 10s. The pair trails only Mariah Carey (17) and Madonna (14), the latter of whom notched her most recent top 10 with the Timbaland and Timberlake collaboration "4 Minutes" in 2008.

Here is a look at the male soloists with the most top 10s since the Pop Songs chart launched in 1992:

13, Justin Timberlake
12, Akon
12, Nelly
11, Usher
10, Ludacris
8, Eminem
7, 50 Cent
7, Kanye West
7, Sean Paul
6, Diddy
6, Will Smith

With the climb of "Carry Out," Timberlake passes his top 10 output with 'N Sync, which collected a dozen top 10s from April 1998 through May 2002. Timberlake earned his first top 10 with "Like I Love You" in October 2002.

'TELEPHONE' NUMBERS: Lady Gaga's "Telephone" rises 5-3 with Greatest Gainer honors on Pop Songs, one notch below the singer's former three-week No. 1, "Bad Romance."

With the ascent of "Telephone," Lady Gaga becomes one of just three women in the chart's archives to occupy two of the top three simultaneously.

Here is a recap of the women to claim two-thirds of the top three:

Lady Gaga (2010)
"Bad Romance"
"Telephone" (featuring Beyonce)

Ashanti (2002)
"What's Luv?" (Fat Joe featuring Ashanti)

Mariah Carey (1995)
"One Sweet Day" (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men)

Should "Telephone" book a ride to the top, Lady Gaga, with her first six Pop Songs entries, would tie Mariah Carey for most No. 1s in the chart's history.

GREATER 'NEED': Another week, another week of honors for Lady Antebellum.

On Pop Songs, "Need You Now" charges 13-10, making the trio just the third country group to reach the top 10. Previously, Lonestar peaked at No. 7 with "Amazed" in 2000, and Restless Heart rose to No. 4 with "When She Cries" in 1993.

"Need You Now" concurrently soars 10-4 as the Greatest Gainer on Adult Pop Songs. On Country Songs, Lady Antebellum posts its fourth top 10 with "American Honey" (12-10).

As announced yesterday (March 2), Lady Antebellum leads all artists with seven Academy of Country Music Awards nominations. Five are courtesy of "Need You Now," including record, song and video of the year.

COMPLETE BEAT: While "American Idol" whittles down its 2010 contestants to 20 and counting, last year's champion debuts on the Billboard Hot 100, as Kris Allen arrives with "Let It Be," which he performed on the show last week. The Beatles' classic makes its fourth appearance on the Hot 100 - and second in a month. Check tomorrow's Chart Beat entry for more on Billboard's entire menu of sales and airplay surveys.