Chart Beat

On the heels of a No. 1 album debut, Rascal Flatts nets its first top 10 hit on the Hot 100, plus the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queensrÿche, Poison and Nine Inch Nails news.

'HURTS' SO GOOD: Rascal Flatts' lucky number must be 13, because the group's 13th chart entry on the Billboard Hot 100 is its biggest hit to date, catapulting the band into the top 10 for the first time.

"What Hurts the Most" (Lyric Street) is Rascal Flatts' first song to appear in the top 20 of the Hot 100. The group's previous best was the No. 21 peak of "Mayberry" in May 2004. "Hurts" takes a huge 52-8 leap this week, thanks to a delayed release as a digital download after weeks of airplay.

"Hurts" is the seventh song to bound into the top 10 from the bottom half of the chart since Jan. 1, 2000. The 44-point surge is the biggest jump into the top 10 since February, when the "High School Musical" track "Breaking Free" by Zac Efron, Andrew Seeley and Vanessa Anne Hudgens set the all-time record by rocketing 86-4.

The seven songs to soar into the top 10 from the lower 50 positions since Jan. 1, 2000, are, in order of biggest jump:

86-4 "Breaking Free," Zac Efron, Andrew Seeley and Vanessa Anne Hudgens (Feb. 11, 2006) +82
60-2 "Loverboy," Mariah Carey featuring Cameo (Aug. 4, 2001) +58
55-2 "Incomplete," Sisqó (Aug. 5, 2000) +53
52-1 "A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson (Oct. 5, 2002) +51
54-7 "Auld Lang Syne," Kenny G (Jan. 8, 2000) +47
52-8 "What Hurts the Most," Rascal Flatts (April 22, 2006) +44
53-10 "Stranger in My House," Tamia (April 14, 2001) +43

"Hurts" is the ninth song by a country act to appear in the top 10 of the Hot 100 since Jan. 1, 2000, but the first since digital downloads were added in to the mix and country airplay was deleted. Eight of the nine tracks charted on Hot Country Songs; the odd men out are Nelly and Tim McGraw. Their collaboration on "Over and Over" was not a country hit.

While Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" peaked at No. 52 on Hot Country Songs, it was considered a pop song, as opposed to her other country releases. At the time, Underwood had not established her country credentials, which she quickly collected when "Jesus, Take the Wheel" ruled Hot Country Songs for six weeks and her album "Some Hearts" was certified double-platinum.

The nine songs by country acts to break into the top 10 of the Hot 100 since Jan. 1, 2000, are, in order of peak position:

"Amazed," Lonestar (No. 1, 2000)
"Inside Your Heaven," Carrie Underwood (No. 1, 2005)
"Breathe," Faith Hill (No. 2, 2000)
"Over and Over," Nelly featuring Tim McGraw (No. 3, 2004)
"The Way You Love Me," Faith Hill (No. 6, 2001)
"Long Time Gone," Dixie Chicks (No. 7, 2002)
"Landslide," Dixie Chicks (No. 7, 2003)
"What Hurts the Most," Rascal Flatts (No. 8, 2006)
"There You'll Be," Faith Hill (No. 10, 2001)

WHEN YOU'RE RED HOT, YOU'RE RED HOT: How rare is it to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart? So rare that up until this week, the only song to do so was "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" by R.E.M. the week of Sept. 24, 1994. Now you can add the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the list of artists who have entered the Modern tally in pole position. "Dani California" (Warner Bros.) is the new entry at No. 1.

That gives the Red Hot Chili Peppers nine No. 1 hits on the Modern survey, a new record. The Chili Peppers had been tied with Green Day and U2 for the most Modern chart-toppers, with eight.

"Dani California" automatically qualifies as the highest new entry on the Modern list in 2006, surpassing the No. 3 debut of Pearl Jam's "World Wide Suicide" (J) just four weeks ago.

On the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, "Dani California" bows at No. 2. That's the highest Mainstream new entry of 2006, besting Pearl Jam's No. 6 debut with "World Wide Suicide."

"Dani California" is the highest-debuting Mainstream track since Metallica's "St. Anger" also debuted at No. 2, the week of June 14, 2003. You'd have to go back to chart dated June 7, 1998, to find a higher-debuting song. Van Halen's "Without You" opened at No. 1 that week.

"Dani California" is also the top debut on the Hot 100, where it is tied with Pink's "Stupid Girls" (LaFace) as the highest new entry of 2006. "Stupid Girls" entered the chart the week of Feb. 25, and this week rebounds 30-15, fueled by sales of digital downloads.

METALLIC TASTE: Two veteran metal groups who haven't had new entries since August 2003 return to The Billboard 200, both debuting in the teens. "Operation: Mindcrime II" (Rhino) by Queensrÿche breaks in at No. 14 and "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock" (Capitol) bows at No. 17.

"Mindcrime" is the first Queensrÿche album to chart since "Tribe" in 2003, and is the band's highest-charting title since "Promised Land" sailed to No. 3 in 1994.

"The Best of Poison" is the group's first album to chart since "Best of Ballads and Blues" stopped at No. 141 in 2003. It is Poison's highest-charting set since "Native Tongue" tasted success at No. 16 in 1993.

'SAME' SONG, DIFFERENT POSITION: Nine Inch Nails earns its first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart, with the debut of "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" (Nothing/Interscope). That beats the No. 4 peak of "Head Like a Hole" in February.