Chart Beat Wednesday: Train, Beyonce, Kings Of Leon
'SAN FRANCISCO' TREAT: Train travels back to the summit of Adult Pop Songs, as "Hey, Soul Sister" rises 3-1. The first single from the album "Save Me San Francisco" is the Bay Area band's third leader on the list.
The act first reigned with "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" for 14 weeks beginning on the chart dated June 30, 2001. On Sept. 6, 2003, the group began a five-week command with "Calling All Angels."
"Hey, Soul Sister" concurrently returns Train to the Pop Songs survey (No. 37) for the first time since "Calling All Angels" wrapped a 16-week chart run after reaching No. 24 in August 2003.
Two weeks ago, "Hey, Soul Sister" became Train's first top 10 (23-7) on the Billboard Hot 100 since "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" peaked at No. 5 in 2001. The band's latest hit has sold 1,259,000 digital downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"'Hey Soul Sister' has eclipsed the platinum mark! and #7 on the Billboard hot 100!" the band Tweeted to fans Jan. 27. "From the bottom of our hearts, we can't thank you enough!"
DANCE DIVAS: After taking a rock detour in covering Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" at the 52nd Grammy Awards Sunday (Jan. 31) - and winning six trophies, the most in one night by a female artist - Beyonce takes over the reins of Dance/Club Play Songs, as "Why Don't You Love Me" advances 2-1.
The song is Beyonce's 12th topper on the chart, a No. 1 run that began with "Crazy in Love" in 2003. She also notched three No. 1s with Destiny's Child from 2000 to 2005.
Beyonce concurrently collects her 16th top 10 on the chart, as Lady Gaga's "Telephone," on which she's featured," charges 17-9.
The list's all-time leader in top 10s, Madonna, pads her lead, as "Revolver," featuring Lil Wayne, rises 11-7. The song is Madonna's 54th top 10 and 25th in-a-row dating to "Nothing Really Matters" in 1999.
ROYAL REIGN: Kings of Leon need more mantelpiece space after the Grammy Awards, as well, having claimed three victories for "Use Somebody": Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The quartet follows by making history on the Triple A adult alternative airplay chart, where "Use Somebody" becomes the first track to spend a year on the survey. The song tallied two weeks at No. 1 in August.
Here is a look at the entries to log the most time on the chart:
Weeks, Song, Artist (Years)
52, "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon (2009-10)
51, "No Such Thing," John Mayer (2001-02)
48, "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You," James Morrison (2008-09)
46, "Clocks," Coldplay (2002-03)
44, "Babylon," David Gray (2000-01)
(Due to the chart's recurrent rules, "Use Somebody," which dips 13-15 this week, will be removed as of next week if ranking below the top 10).
Up next for Kings of Leon could be a collaboration with, coincidentally, Beyonce. Reportedly, the star "kissed Kings of Leon on their cheeks and congratulated them" at a Grammy Awards afterparty.
"She was scouting for people to collaborate with and has been talking about doing something different with a rock band. She knows how huge they are and loves their album.
"They were chatting for ages."
COMPLETE BEAT: As Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" opens atop the Billboard 200, the set is the first country album to command the chart in 2010. Last year, seven country acts ruled, with Carrie Underwood's "Play On" the most recent chart-topping representative of the format in November. Read tomorrow's posting of Chart Beat for more on the latest Billboard sales and airplay surveys.