MERYL: Winning Oscars is all very nice, but now Meryl Streep really has something to brag about. She makes her Hot 100 debut this week, as her take on ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” (Decca) enters at No. 99. While it’s Streep’s first turn on the Hot 100, this is not her first appearance on a Billboard music chart.
Since the “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack is a multi-artist affair and is thus not credited to a single person, I’m not talking about this album, which is holding at No. 3 on The Billboard 200.
As Chart Beat reader Paul Haney of Milwaukee points out, Streep spent four weeks on The Billboard 200 in the spring of 1985 with the soundtrack to the PBS animated special, “The Velveteen Rabbit.” Streep was the narrator and George Winston played piano, and the album was credited to both of them. “Rabbit” peaked at No. 180.
The Streep version of “Mamma Mia” is the first cover version of the song to chart on the Hot 100. ABBA’s original made its debut the week of May 22, 1976, ultimately peaking at No. 32. Streep’s recording returns songwriters (and ABBA founders) Bjorn Ulvaeus abnd Benny Andersson to the chart for the first time since March 18, 2006, the final frame for Madonna’s “Hung Up,” which sampled the ABBA song, “Gimme! Gimme!
Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).” Streep’s “Mamma Mia” is the first remake of an ABBA song to chart since the A-Teens’ update of “Dancing Queen” found its way to No. 95 in July 2000.
Ulvaeus and Andersson’s chart span as songwriters on the Hot 100 expands to 34 years, two months and one week, dating back to the debut of “Waterloo” in June 1974.
Streep is not the only Oscar-winning actor to have a song enter the Hot 100 this week. Debuting three rungs higher than “Mamma Mia” at No. 96 is “Spotlight” (Arista) by Jennifer Hudson, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress last year for her role in “Dreamgirls.” And opening just one slot above Hudson at No. 95 is Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, with “Please Excuse My Hands” (Big Gates), credited to Plies featuring Jamie Foxx and the-Dream. That begs the question, have three Academy Award-winning actors ever debuted on the Hot 100 in the same week before? Probably not, but it’s a nice way to kick off the chart’s second 50 years. The first Hot 100 was published on Aug. 4, 1958.
MADONNA: For years, she has been the frontrunner on Hot Dance Club Play when it comes to amassing the greatest number of chart-topping songs, so scoring the 39th No. 1 of her career simply extends Madonna’s lead on this tally.
“Give It 2 Me” (Warner Bros.) is the second single from “Hard Candy” to go to No. 1 on the club play survey, following “4 Minutes” in May. “Give It 2 Me” is also the sixth consecutive No. 1 for Madonna on this list, her second-longest string of chart-toppers. Twice, Madonna has strung seven No. 1s together, first from October 1987-January 1991 with “Causing a Commotion,” “You Can Dance” (LP Cuts), “Like a Prayer,” “Express Yourself,” “Keep It Together,” “Vogue” and “Justify My Love.” Madonna had another run of seven chart-toppers from March 1999 to November 2001, a string that included “Nothing Really Matters,” “Beautiful Stranger,” “American Pie,” “Music,” “Don’t Tell Me,” “What It Feels Like for a Girl” and “Impressive Instant.”
One more No. 1 from “Hard Candy” and Madonna will have her third run of seven No. 1s. The first six are:
“Hung Up,” four weeks (2005)
“Sorry,” two weeks (2006)
“Get Together,” one week (2006)
“Jump,” two weeks (2006)
“4 Minutes,” two weeks (2008)
“Give It 2 Me,” (one week to date) (2008)
MILEY: If you add her TV alias to her real identity, Miley Cyrus earns her third No. 1 album, as “Breakout” (Hollywood) crashes onto The Billboard 200 in pole position.
The teenaged actor was No. 1 one year and one month ago with “Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus.” She was also No. 1 one year and nine months ago with the first “Hannah Montana” soundtrack, which was not credited to Cyrus.
“Breakout” is fuelled by Cyrus’ popularity on Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” series, as well as the first single, “7 Things.” Down 13-18 this week, “7 Things” is Cyrus’ highest-charting Hot 100 entry to date, having peaked at No. 9 just two weeks ago.
PUCKER UP: It’s the long “Kissed” that’s not ready to say goodnight. Katy Perry remains on top of the Hot 100 for a sixth week with “I Kissed a Girl” (Capitol), the second longest-running No. 1 of 2008. The only song to have a longer reign this calendar year is “Low,” which had a 10-week run for Flo Rida featuring T-Pain. “I Kissed a Girl” is the eighth song to advance to No. 1 in 2008. Here is a summary of those hits, in order of how long they remained in the penthouse:
10 weeks: “Low,” Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
6 weeks: “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry
5 weeks: “Lollipop,” Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
4 weeks: “Bleeding Love,” Leona Lewis
3 weeks: “Love in This Club,” Usher featuring Young Jeezy
2 weeks: “Touch My Body,” Mariah Carey
1 week: “Take a Bow,” Rihanna
1 week: “Viva La Vida,” Coldplay
“I Kissed a Girl” is the second longest-running No. 1 on Capitol in the rock era, tied with the Knack’s “My Sharona” as runners-up to the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which led the list for seven weeks in 1964.
“I Kissed a Girl” is the longest-running No. 1 by a female artist having her first hit since “Goodies” by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo had a seven-week reign in September-October 2004.
LIL WAYNE’S WORLD: Three debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs added to the titles he already had on the chart bring Lil Wayne’s total of current charted hits to 13, the highest number of songs one artist has ever had on this tally. The previous record was 11, established by T-Pain just last week when he had 11 songs on the chart.
Of the 13 Lil Wayne songs on the survey dated Aug. 9, six have Lil Wayne in lead position and seven feature him as “featured” artist. If “I’m Me” hadn’t fallen off the chart after spending last week at No. 97, Lil Wayne would have had 14 songs on this week’s R&B/Hip-Hop list. That would have tied the Hot 100 record set by the Beatles in 1964.
IT’S A GUY’S WORLD: Blues guitarist Buddy Guy started recording in 1957, even though he didn’t make his first appearance on The Billboard 200 until 1991, when “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” peaked at No. 136.
Since that time, the Louisiana native has placed eight albums on the chart. His eighth title to make the list, “Skin Deep” (Silvertone), bows this week at No. 68, his highest position to date on the album chart. Guy’s previous best was the No. 136 posting of that first chart entry.
RETURN OF THE CUCHI-CUCHI GIRL: Spanish-born singer/guitarist Charo placed three songs on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the ’70s, starting with “Dance a Little Bit Closer,” No. 18 in 1978. Later that year, “Ole Ole” went to No. 36 and in 1979, “Stay With Me” stopped at No. 55.
That appeared to be the end of her chart career on the Club Play list, until this week. Charo is back, entering at No. 49 with “Espana Cani” (Universal Wave) at No. 49.