Fred discusses Emerson Drive, Fergie, R. Kelly and more!MAGIC 'MOMENTS': Seven proves to be a lucky number for Canadian-based country group Emerson Drive. The band's seventh chart entry, "Moments" (Midas/New Revolution), is the outfit's first to reach No. 1 on Hot Country Songs. Emerson Drive's previous peak position was No. 3, achieved by second chart entry "Fall Into Me" in January 2003. "Moments" is the first top 10 hit for the group since "Fall Into Me."
The six-man band first appeared on the country chart with "I Should Be Sleeping," which debuted the week of Nov. 10, 2001. "Sleeping" peaked at No. 4 the week of June 22, 2002.
"Moments" is the first No. 1 for a Canadian act on Hot Country Songs in almost three years. The last artist from north of the border to top this chart was Terri Clark. The Montreal-born vocalist spent one week at No. 1 in September 2004 with "Girls Lie Too."
Emerson Drive's first five chart entries were on the DreamWorks label. The group currently records for the independent Midas imprint. The new No. 1 title on Hot Country Albums is Jason Aldean's "Relentless" on the independent Broken Bow label.
How rare is it for the No. 1 country single and album to both be on independent labels? So rare that it hasn't happened in 39 years. The week of May 25, 1968, Bobby Goldsboro's single "Honey" started a three-week run at No. 1, while his album, named after the single, began a five-week reign. Goldsboro was signed to United Artists, an independent label, until it was sold to EMI in March 1979.
NARY A RUNNER-UP: Sitting right behind Emerson Drive's "Moments" at No. 2 on Hot Country Songs is "Ticks" (Arista) by Brad Paisley. If current trends hold true, "Ticks" will uptick to No. 1 shortly. Chart Beat reader Jonathan Lammert of Austin, Texas, points out that no song has peaked at No. 2 on the country songs survey in 2007, a most unusual circumstance.
The last song to peak at No. 2, Lammert notes, was Toby Keith's "A Little Too Late" in the summer of 2006. That means no song has peaked at No. 2 in the last 42 weeks.
Lammert counted up the number of songs that have peaked at No. 2 in the last few years, and here are his totals:
'BIG' IMPACT: Even if you haven't seen the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys," it's hard to see the song title "Big Girls Don't Cry" in print and not think of the Four Seasons' hit from 1962. But if you listen to Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" (will.i.am/A&M), you'll realize that there can actually be two completely different songs with that same title.
Fergie's recording leaps 8-4 on The Billboard Hot 100, making it her fourth consecutive top five hit from her album "The Dutchess." "London Bridge" was in pole position for three weeks in August-September 2006, "Fergalicious" peaked at No. 2 this January and "Glamorous," featuring Ludacris, visited the penthouse for two weeks in March.
IT WAS 40 YEARS AGO TODAY: It seems like it was just 20 years ago today, but it's actually been 40 years since the release of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The anniversary date made enough news to prompt people to buy the CD, now issued on the Apple label, and send it hurtling back up the Top Pop Catalog chart.
A move of 29-4 gives "Sgt. Pepper" its third highest-ranked week on the pop catalog chart since 1991. The CD was No. 1 the week of Nov. 14, 1992 and No. 3 the week of Jan. 20, 1996. This week is actually tied with the week of Jan. 27, 1996, when the album slipped 3-4.
'MOON' RISE: In its record-setting 741-week run on The Billboard 200, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" only spent one week at No. 1 - the week of April 28, 1973.
The album has been a staple of the Top Pop Catalog chart since 1991, and this week is in its 20th non-consecutive frame at No. 1. Those 20 weeks are spread out over a period of just over 14 years.
Here are the dates when "Dark Side of the Moon" ruled the Top Pop Catalog tally:
Weeks 1-5: April 17, 1993 - May 15, 1993
Week 6: April 30, 1994
Weeks 7-9: May 21, 1994 - June 4, 1994
Week 10: April 22, 1995
Week 11: April 20, 1996
Weeks 12-16: June 28, 1997 - July 26, 1997
Weeks 17-18: Nov. 8, 1997 - Nov. 15, 1997
Week 19: May 5, 2007
Week 20: June 16, 2007
HOME RUN FOR 'DOUBLE': R. Kelly picks up his sixth chart-topping album on The Billboard 200, thanks to the debut of "Double Up" (Jive) at No. 1. All six of those albums debuted at No. 1, and the first five spent one week each in the lead position. Only "TP.3 Reloaded" had a longer run at No. 1, with two weeks on top.
On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, "Double Up" soars 61-1 to become Kelly's 10th No. 1 album. The only chart-topper that remained No. 1 longer than three weeks was "12 Play," which had a nine-week reign in 1994.
HALFWAY TO ONE HUNDRED: Kenny Chesney earns his 50th and 51st chart entries on Hot Country Songs, with twin debuts at No. 37 ("Never Wanted Nothing More") and No. 60 ("Flip-Flop Summer"), both on BNA.
"Never Wanted Nothing More" is the highest-charting solo song by Chesney in his 13-and-a-half years on the chart.
His previous best on his own was the No. 38 opening of "Keg in the Closet" in May 2005. His highest new entry of all time is the No. 36 debut of "Hey Good Lookin'," the Hank Williams cover credited to Jimmy Buffett with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait in May 2004.