‘TIME’ IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” (19 weeks), Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song” (15 weeks) and Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” (two weeks), David Cook’s “The Time of My Life” (19/RCA) is the new AC champ, the first No. 1 by a male artist since Josh Groban’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” ruled for three weeks in December 2007 to January 2008.
There is another run that Cook’s song does not interrupt: “Time” is the fourth consecutive No. 1 by an artist’s first entry on the AC tally. Caillat, Bareilles and Lewis all scored No. 1 hits with their debut singles.
Cook is the second “American Idol” winner to top the AC survey following Kelly Clarkson, and the fourth “Idol” finalist, after Clarkson, Kimberley Locke and Chris Daughtry of the group Daughtry. “Time” is the sixth song by an “Idol” competitor to reach the AC summit; Locke had had three No. 1s and Clarkson and Daughtry have each had one.
“Time” is the 193rd “Idol” No. 1, counting all national and domestic charts compiled by Billboard. Those 193 chart-toppers are by 23 different “Idol” contestants, and — with the advance of “Time” to first place on the AC list — Cook joins the top 10 of those 23.
Here is a breakdown of how many No. 1s each of those 23 “Idol” singers has collected to date:
Kelly Clarkson: 45
Carrie Underwood: 33
Chris Daughtry (Daughtry): 20
Ruben Studdard: 15
Clay Aiken: 10
Kimberley Locke: 8
Josh Gracin: 7
David Cook: 4
Jordin Sparks: 4
Taylor Hicks: 3
Elliott Yamin: 3
American Idol Finalists: 2
David Archuleta: 2
Bo Bice: 2
Jennifer Hudson: 2
Kellie Pickler: 2
Paris Bennett: 1
Bucky Covington: 1
Diana DeGarmo: 1
Tamyra Gray: 1
William Hung: 1
CHART ‘FEET’: From the top of the Adult Contemporary chart with David Cook, we move to the anchor position, where Donna Summer’s “Sand on My Feet” (Burgundy) is new at No. 30, giving the diva her first AC entry in 19 years.
Summer was last on the AC tally in 1989, when her collaboration with writers/producers Mike Stock and Matt Aitken on “This Time I Know It’s for Real” peaked at No. 2.
“Sand” is Summer’s 16th AC chart entry. She made her debut with “Could It Be Magic” the week of May 15, 1976, giving her an AC chart span of 32 years, four months and one week.
‘LIFE’ SENTENCE:Another disco diva, Jody Watley, extends her chart span on Hot Dance Club Play, thanks to the debut of her latest single, “A Beautiful Life” (Avitone), at No. 47.
As a solo artist, Watley made her first appearance on the Club Play survey the week of Feb. 21, 1987, with “Looking for a New Love,” which spent two weeks at No. 1. Counting from that hit, her Club Play chart span is 21 years and seven months.
Before Watley went solo, she was a member of Shalamar. The first song by Shalamar to appear on the Club Play tally was “Uptown Festival,” which was by a studio aggregation. So Watley’s first chart entry as part of Shalamar was, appropriately, “The Second Time Around,” a No. 1 hit that entered the chart the week of Oct. 20, 1979, giving Watley a career Club Play chart span of 28 years and 11 months.
IS EIGHT ENOUGH?: A 2-1 move for “Waitin’ on a Woman” (Arista) on Hot Country Songs gives Brad Paisley his eighth consecutive No. 1, the longest string of chart-topping titles on this chart since Dan Seals had nine consecutive No. 1 hits between October 1985 and February 1989.
Paisley’s five most recent No. 1s are from his album titled, appropriately, “5th Gear.” Chart Beat reader John Maverick of Burt County, Nebraska, points out that Paisley is the first artist to pull five No. 1s from one album since Rodney Crowell had a quintet of chart-toppers from his “Diamonds and Dirt” album between April 1988-September 1989.
Coincidentally, Crowell has his first entry on Top Country Albums in three years, as “Sex & Gasoline” (Yep Roc) bows at No. 38.
It should be noted that Paisley’s accomplishment requires an asterisk. During his run of eight No. 1 hits, five tracks from a holiday album appeared on the lower rungs of the chart.
BEEN AROUND THE ‘BLOCK’: Anyone who thought the reunion of New Kids on the Block was a bad idea is, well, a blockhead. The group’s first new recording in 14 years, “The Block” (Interscope), opens at No. 2 on The Billboard 200. That makes it the third highest-charting album in the Kids’ history. The only titles that charted higher were the group’s two No. 1 albums, “Hangin’ Tough” in September 1989 and “Step by Step” in June 1990.
‘SUN’ SHINES: This should put a “Smile” on your face – Brian Wilson is back on The Billboard 200. “That Lucky Old Sun” (BriMel/Capitol) is new at No. 20, giving Wilson the second-highest charting album of his solo career. Only “Smile,” which peaked at No. 13 in October 2004, reached a loftier position.
Wilson’s first solo release, an eponymous album, made its debut the week of July 30, 1988, giving the founding member of the Beach Boys a solo album chart span of 20 years, one month and three weeks.
Wilson’s debut date on the Billboard album chart is Nov. 24, 1962, if you count his work with the Beach Boys. The group’s first chart album, “Surfin’ Safari,” peaked at No. 32. Counting his work with the Beach Boys, Wilson’s career album chart span is 45 years and 10 months.