Fred discusses Nelly Furtado, George Strait, John Mayer and more!REPLACING THE 'IRREPLACEABLE': After a 10-week reign, Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) has been replaced at the top of The Billboard Hot 100 Chart by Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right" (Mosley). This is the second chart-topper for Furtado, who spent six weeks in pole position last summer with "Promiscuous," a song that featured Timbaland. "Say It Right" is the first song to advance to No. 1 in 2007, and when added to Beyonce's visit to the penthouse, gives solo female singers an 11-week lock on the top spot. That's the longest shut-out of men from the summit since 2005, when Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey and Carrie Underwood combined for a 19-week run at No. 1 from May to September.
"Say It Right" goes to the head of the class in its 14th chart week. That's a slower climb than "Promiscuous," which garnered top ink in its eighth chart week. By remaining on top of the heap for 10 weeks with "Irreplaceable," Beyonce has broken her own longevity record for No. 1 singles. Her "Crazy in Love" single was leader of the pack for eight weeks in the summer of 2003 and "Baby Boy" dominated for nine weeks that autumn.
If "Irreplaceable" had remained in its perch for one more week, it would have tied the 11-week rule of Destiny's Child's "Independent Women Part I," which held sway from November 2000-January 2001.
42ND STRAIT: "It Just Comes Natural" (MCA) glides 2-1 on Hot Country Songs, giving George Strait his 42nd chart-topper on this list. Strait tied the record for the most No. 1 country hits just over a year ago, when "She Let Herself Go" reached the apex the week of Jan. 14, 2006. That gave Strait his 40th No. 1, equaling the mark set in 1986 by Conway Twitty.
Strait captured first place among artists with the most country No. 1s the week of Sept. 30, 2006, when "Give It Away" slipped into pole position. Now, he widens his lead with "It Just Comes Natural."
'CHANGE' AT THE TOP: Almost five years after making his first appearance on the Adult Contemporary chart, John Mayer scores his first No. 1. "Waiting on the World to Change" (Aware) advances 2-1 in its 24th chart week.
Mayer's biggest AC hit until now was "Daughters," which peaked at No. 2 the week of April 2, 2005. "Daughters" had to settle for second place, unable to break the hold of Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway," a song ironically from a film about a daughter, "The Princess Diaries."
"Waiting on the World to Change" is the first song by a solo male artist to move into the No. 1 position on the AC tally since Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" planted its flag the week of May 13, 2006.
THREE OUT OF THREE: Fergie keeps her record intact, as her third chart entry on the Hot 100 as a solo artist becomes her third top 10 hit. "Glamorous" (will.i.am/A&M), featuring Ludacris, leaps 31-9. The song reaches the top 10 in its fifth chart week. That's a quicker climb than the journey taken by Fergie's previous hit, "Fergalicious," which achieved top 10 status in its sixth week. The record for fastest climb into the top 10 for a Fergie single is held by "London Bridge," which catapulted 84-5 in its second chart week.
Fergie's total of three top 10 hits as a solo artist equals the number of top 10 hits achieved by her group, the Black Eyed Peas. One difference: the Peas have had eight songs appear on the Hot 100.
'FADE' IN: Sheryl Crow has charted on the Hot 100 with a remake before, when she peaked at No. 14 in March 2004 with a cover of a Cat Stevens song, "The First Cut Is the Deepest." This week, she opens at No. 78 with a new version of a 50-year-old song. "Not Fade Away" was penned by Buddy Holly and producer Norman Petty and placed on the B-side of the Crickets' single "Oh, Boy!" which debuted on the Billboard pop singles chart in November 1957.
This is the fourth time "Not Fade Away" has charted. In May 1964, it was the first song to chart in the United States for the Rolling Stones. Tanya Tucker gave the tune a country spin in 1970 and took it to No. 70. Three years later, a version by British singer/songwriter Eric Hine stopped at No. 73.
Crow's version can be heard in a TV commercial for a Revlon hair color product.
A 'MOMENT' LIKE THIS: Three years and two months after making their first appearance on Hot Country Songs, Big & Rich have the highest-debuting song of their careers.
"Lost in This Moment" (Warner Bros.) bows at No. 41, besting the No. 44 opening of "Our America," recorded with Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy in 2005.
If "Lost in This Moment" keeps its momentum, it could be the first top 10 hit for Big & Rich. Their highest-charting song to date is "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," No. 11 in August 2004.