Chart Beat

Fred discusses Kimberley Locke, Garth Brooks, Juanes and more!

SIGNS OF THE SEASON: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. How do I know? Easy: the signs are everywhere. Stores are filled with shoppers, houses are decorated with colorful lights and Kimberley Locke is No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

That last sign is becoming a tradition. This is the third year in a row that Locke has locked up the top of the AC chart with a seasonal selection. This year, the track that put Locke in first place is "Frosty the Snowman" (Curb/Reprise).

Although "Frosty" was written 57 years ago by Steve Nelson and Walter "Jack" Rollins, it is the youngest of Locke's three holiday chart-toppers. In 2005, Locke went to No. 1 with "Up on the Housetop," composed in 1860. The following year, Locke achieved pole position with "Jingle Bells," penned in 1857.

The original recording of "Frosty the Snowman" by Gene Autry debuted on the Billboard pop singles chart the week of Dec. 9, 1950, and peaked at No. 7. The song was most recently an AC hit in 2003 when a version by Johnny Mathis went to No. 29.

'ARMS' AND THE WOMAN: While Kimberley Locke's "Frosty the Snowman" is No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, the Curb label also occupies the penthouse on the Hot Dance Airplay chart. A 6-1 move for Plumb's "In My Arms" gives Curb its first No. 1 song on this tally.

Curb's previous best was the No. 5 peak of another Plumb title, "Cut," No. 5 in October 2006.

'MORE' THAN MEETS THE EYE: Garth Brooks' "More Than a Memory" (Pearl) made chart history when it debuted at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, the first title to do so in this survey's history.

"Memory' holds at No. 2 in its 14th chart week, having bounced between No. 1 and No. 10 during that time but never dipping below No. 10. The song has been in every position between No. 1 and No. 10 except No. 5.
If "Memory" remains in the top 10 long enough, it could set another chart record by becoming the first song to spend its entire chart life in the top 10. The recurrent rule for Hot Country Songs calls for the removal of a song that falls below No. 10 after 20 weeks.

ONE DOZEN: By standing pat at No. 1 for the 12th week, Juanes has the longest-running chart-topper of 2007 on Hot Latin Songs with "Me Enamora" (Universal Latino). The dozen weeks at the summit beat the 11-week reign of "Dimelo" by Enrique Iglesias.

This is the second time a Juanes song has been No. 1 for 12 weeks. "Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor" had a 12-week run that began the week of Sept. 25, 2004.

"Me Enamora" is the longest-running No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs since Daddy Yankee's "Rompe" began a 15-week reign in December 2005.

Even if "Me Enamora" can beat Daddy Yankee's run, it has a long way to go to surpass the 25-week rule of "La Tortura" by Shakira and Alejandro Sanz in the summer of 2005.

ONE HALF-DOZEN: Newly available as a digital download, "Until the End of Time" (Jive) by Justin Timberlake and Beyonce soars to a new high position on the Hot 100. After apparently peaking at No. 21, the song takes a 33-17 hike, giving Timberlake his sixth top 20 hit from his "FutureSex/LoveSounds" album.

That makes Timberlake the first male artist to collect six top 20 hits from one album since George Michael pulled a half-dozen top 20 hits off his "Faith" album in 1987-88.

Here are the six songs from "Faith" that were top 20 hits for Michael:

"I Want Your Sex," No. 2 (1987)
"Faith," No. 1 for four weeks (1987)
"Father Figure," No. 1 for two weeks (1988) "One More Try," No. 1 for three weeks (1988) "Monkey," No. 1 for two weeks (1988) "Kissing a Fool," No. 5 (1988)

And here are Timberlake's half-dozen top 20 hits from "FutureSex/LoveSounds":

"SexyBack," No. 1 for seven weeks (2006)
"My Love," No. 1 for three weeks (2006) [Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.]
"What Goes Around... Comes Around," No. 1 for one week (2007)
"Summer Love," No. 6 (2007)
"LoveStoned," No. 17 (2007)
"Until the End of Time," No. 17 to date (2007) [Justin Timberlake and Beyonce]

'PRETENDER' TO THE THRONE: Winter is almost here, but it was summer when Foo Fighters advanced to No. 1 on Modern Rock Tracks with "The Pretender" (Roswell/RCA). That song has never wavered since and is now in its 16th week at the zenith, putting it into a four-way tie as the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of this chart.

The three other No. 1 songs that had 16-week runs are:

"Scar Tissue," Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999) "It's Been Awhile," Staind (2001) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day (2004)

One more week on top will catapult "The Pretender" into first place all by itself.