AIN’T THAT A ‘SHAME’: The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of “American Idol” is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following winner David Cook, runner-up David Archuleta and fourth-place Jason Castro. Kristy Lee Cook from Selma, Oregon, debuts at No. 58 on Hot Country Songs with her first single, “15 Minutes of Shame” (19/Arista).
Kristy Lee almost claimed the honor of being the first singer from the seventh season of “Idol” to chart with an original song that was not performed on the series, but she has to settle for a tie. After one day of airplay and an appearance on the Teen Choice Awards, Archuleta bows on the Pop 100 with his first single, “Crush” (19/RCA).
Kristy Lee is the 37th ‘Idol” competitor to appear on a Billboard chart, showing up on the country tally just two weeks after fifth season finalist Ace Young made his debut on The Billboard 200. Kristy Lee is the seventh “Idol” to have a song show up on Hot Country Songs, following Kelly Clarkson, Josh Gracin, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Bucky Covington and Phil Stacey.
Here’s an updated summary of which Idols have charted from which seasons:
Season one: (five)
Season two: (four)
Season three: (seven)
Season four: (four)
Season five: (nine)
Season six: (four)
Season seven: (four)
Kristy Lee Cook
That adds up to 36, but the total increases to 37 with the addition of non-finalist
FROM ‘HAND’ TO ‘KISSED’: It took 44 years, but Katy Perry has tied a record set by the Beatles in 1964. The Fab Four’s very first chart entry, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” reigned for seven weeks and has held the record ever since for the longest-running Hot 100 No. 1 on the Capitol label. As of this week, Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” has drawn up even with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
If “I Kissed a Girl” retains its lead position next week, it will hold the Capitol record all to itself.
Here is a summary of Capitol singles that remained No. 1 on the Hot 100 for four weeks or more:
7 weeks: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the Beatles (1964)
7 weeks: “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry (2008)
6 weeks: “My Sharona,” The Knack (1979)
5 weeks: “Can’t Buy Me Love,” the Beatles (1964)
5 weeks: “Silly Love Songs,” Wings (1976)
4 weeks: “Yesterday,” the Beatles (1965)
4 weeks: “Ode to Billie Joe,” Bobbie Gentry (1967)
BROTHERS GONNA WORK IT OUT: For the second time this summer, the Jonas Brothers have a new entry in the top 10 of the Hot 100. “Tonight” (Hollywood) bows at No. 8, good enough to become the third highest new entry of 2008. Just five weeks ago, the siblings earned the second-highest new entry of the calendar year when “Burnin’ Up” opened at No. 5. And one week before that, the trio’s “Play My Music” entered at No. 20.
With “Burnin’ Up” and “Tonight” starting out in the top 10, the Jonas Brothers are the first act to have two top 10 debuts in the same year since Madonna’s ‘Frozen” popped onto the chart at No. 8 the week of March 21, 1998 and “Ray of Light” beamed its way to No. 5 the week of July 11, 1998.
The three Jonases are likely to top Madonna’s double-debut and become the first act in Hot 100 history to have three songs debut in the top 10 of the Hot 100 during the same year. Their newest release, “A Little Bit Longer,” is No. 1 on iTunes as this column goes to press, foreshadowing a high debut next week.
Here is a summary of the songs that have debuted inside the top 10 of ther Hot 100 in 2008:
No. 3: “The Time of My Life,” David Cook (June 7)
No. 5: “Burnin’ Up,” Jonas Brothers (July 12)
No. 8: “Tonight,” Jonas Brothers (Aug. 16)
No. 9: New Soul,” Yael Naim (Feb. 16)
No. 9: “Forever,” Chris Brown (May 10)
‘ALL’ AROUND, A GOOD WEEK FOR SUGARLAND: Country duo Sugarland earns its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as “Love on the Inside” (Mercury) rises 2-1 in its second chart week. Inaugural album “Twice the Speed of Life” worked its way up to No. 16 in July 2005. Follow-up “Enjoy the Ride” drove to No. 4 in November 2006.
“Love on the Inside” is also the first Sugarland album to head up Top Country Albums. Now in its second week in pole position, “Inside” bests the No. 3 peak of “Twice the Speed of Life” and the No. 2 posting of “Enjoy the Ride.”
Sugarland is also No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, where “All I Want to Do” deposes Alan Jackson’s “Good Time.”
“All I Want to Do” is Sugarland’s third No. 1 single. “Want To” spent two weeks in the penthouse in December 2006 and “Settlin'” led the list for one week in May 2007.
“Want To” advanced to No. 1 in its 20th chart week and “Settlin'” settled in in its 19th frame, so “All I Want to Do” is the duo’s fastest-rising track, moving to the head of the class in its 11th week.
‘GOD’ AND ‘HEAVEN’: Kenny Chesney has the second-highest debuting title of his career on Hot Country Songs, where “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” (Blue Chair/BNA) opens at No. 22. Of Chesney’s 56 chart entries, only “Don’t Blink” has had a bigger opening, crashing on to the survey at No. 16 in September 2007.
“Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” is the second highest-debuting song of 2008 on the country tally. The only song to hit a higher first-week mark was George Strait’s “I Saw God Today,” which entered at No. 19 in February.
RICK AND ALICE: Between them, they have three dozen charted albums on The Billboard 200, and both score their highest-charting titles in years this week.
Rick Springfield blasts onto the chart at No. 28 with “Venus in Overdrive” (Gomer/New Door), his best chart peak since “Tao” rose to No. 21 in June 1985. “Overdrive” is Springfield’s 12th album to chart, a run that started with “Beginnings,” which debuted the week of Aug. 12, 1972, giving him a chart span of 36 years (and four days).
Alice Cooper also returns this week, as “Along Came a Spider” (Steamhammer) spins its way to No. 53, the highest placing for an Alice Cooper title since “Hey Stoopid” peaked at No. 47 in July 1991.
“Spider” is the 24th Alice Cooper album to chart; his run began with “Pretties for You” the week of June 28, 1969, giving him a chart span of 39 years, one month and three weeks.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ‘JUST DANCE’: All we need is Lady GaGa, the New York artist who named herself after a Queen song. After appearing on the Fox-TV summer series “So You Think You Can dance” last week, the 22-year-old makes her Hot 100 debut with “Just Dance” (Streamline/KonLive), a new entry at No. 76.
“Just Dance” has already been a hit on the Hot dance Club Play chart, where it peaked at No. 2 the week of June 28.
“Just Dance” is also No. 2 on The Billboard Canadian Hot 100 this week, where it rebounds to second place after originally appearing there two weeks ago.