Fred discusses Chris Brown, Leona Lewis, Colby Caillat and more!LEONA'S TRIPLE PLAY: "Bleeding Love" (SyCo/J) returns to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 for a second time, making Leona Lewis the first artist to have three separate turns at No. 1 since January 1979, when Chic's "Le Freak" captured the throne for the third time.
"Bleeding Love" first achieved pole position the week of April 5, and then was succeeded by Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body." After a two-week reign for Carey, Lewis returned to the apex for one week, and then gave way to "Lollipop" by Lil Wayne featuring Static Major. "Lollipop" only lasted one week and now, thanks to her appearance on "American Idol," Lewis rules the chart once more.
Speaking of "Idol," when Chic first advanced to No. 1, the group replaced Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond at the summit. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" had one week on top before "Le Freak" moved into the penthouse, and after one week "Le Freak" slid to No. 2 while "Flowers" moved back up.
Then "Le Freak" returned to first place for one week and scored another frame at No. 1 because the chart was frozen for the final week of 1978. When the new year began, the Bee Gees were sitting at No. 1 with "Too Much Heaven." That single ruled for two weeks, and on the chart dated Jan. 20, 1979, "Le Freak" was No. 1 for a third time and held on to the top spot for three weeks, for a total of six weeks. On the chart for the week ending Feb. 10, 1979, "Le Freak" fell to No. 3 while Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" moved from 3-1.
CHRIS' DOUBLE TRIPLE PLAY: A No. 9 debut for "Forever" (Jive) on the Hot 100 gives Chris Brown three titles in the top 10. His duet with Jordin Sparks on "No Air" remains at No. 3, its peak position to date, while his former No. 2 hit, "With You," dips 9-10.
That makes Brown the first artist to have three songs in the top 10 since... Chris Brown. Six weeks ago, Brown was No. 4 with "With You," No. 6 with "No Air," and No. 10 with "Shawty Get Loose," credited to Lil Mama featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain.
Brown's debut at No. 9 with "Forever" puts him in a tie with Yael Naim for the highest new entry of 2008. Her single "New Soul" opened at No. 9 just seven weeks ago. At the time, I reported that Naim had the highest new entry since the week of Aug. 4, 2007, when "What Time Is It" by the High School Musical 2 Cast opened at No. 6 and "Sorry, Blame It on Me" by Akon bowed at No. 7.
18 AND SHE LIKES IT: Colby Caillat's "Bubbly" is one of the 10 longest-running No. 1 songs in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart and is the second-longest running No. 1 debut single.
"Bubbly" is in its 18th week on top. The only debut single to have a longer reign is Daniel Powter's "Bad Day," which was No. 1 for 19 weeks. Caillat could tie Powter if she collects one more week at the zenith, although there is a good chance that "Bubbly" will be deflated next week, yielding the throne to Sara Bareilles' "Love Song."
Here is a list of the top 10 longest-running No. 1s in AC history:
28 weeks: "Drift Away," Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray (2003)
21 weeks: "A New Day Has Come," Celine Dion (2002)
21 weeks: "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson (2005)
19 weeks: "Because You Loved Me," Celine Dion (1996)
19 weeks: "You'll Be in My Heart," Phil Collins (1999)
19 weeks: "Bad Day," Daniel Powter (2006)
18 weeks: "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys (2004)
18 weeks: "Lonely No More," Rob Thomas (2005)
18 weeks: "Bubbly," Colby Caillat (2008)
17 weeks: "I Knew I Loved You," Savage Garden (1999)
17 weeks: "Breathe," Faith Hill (2000)
WELCOME BACK: Whitesnake is back on The Billboard 200 for the first time in almost 14 years. "Good to Be Bad" (Steamhammer) bows at No. 62. The band was last on the album chart with "Whitesnake's Greatest Hits," which peaked at No. 161 in 1994.
"Good to Be Bad" is Whitesnake's highest-charting set since "Slip of the Tongue" slid to No. 10 in 1989.
Sitting one slot below "Good to Be Bad" on The Billboard 200 is Trina's "Still Da Baddest," so take that, Whitesnake!