Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts.
SWEET STREAK FOR SUGARLAND: Sugarland surges to its fifth No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as the lyrically-playful “It Happens” hikes 3-1. Not bad for a song whose chorus, featuring the line “pshh … it happens,” could be considered adventurous for a format as conservative as country.
With “It Happens” following the chart-toppers “All I Really Want to Do” and “Already Gone,” the tally sports its first trio of consecutive No. 1s by a duo since Brooks & Dunn led successively with “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You,” “Only in America” and “The Long Goodbye” in 2001-02.
Sugarland first reigned with “Want To” in December 2006 and follow-up “Settlin’ ” in May 2007.
The song’s coronation should be good medicine for the duo’s Jennifer Nettles, whose bout with a viral tonsil condition forced the cancellation of three of the act’s shows this week. The pair is due to resume performing live Friday (May 15) in Orange Beach, Ala.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Kid Cudi collects his first No. 1 on the Rhythmic airplay chart, as “Day ‘N’ Nite” darts 3-1. At 20 chart weeks, the Ohio hip-hop artist’s voyage to the top spot marks the longest this decade and second-lengthiest in the list’s 16-year history. Here is a rundown of the chart’s most scenic routes to No. 1:
24 weeks to No. 1, TLC, “Waterfalls,” 1995
20 weeks to No. 1, Kid Cudi, “Day ‘N’ Nite,” 2009
19 weeks to No. 1, En Vogue, “Don’t Let Go (Love),” 1997
18 weeks to No. 1, Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon, “Dangerous,” 2008
18 weeks to No. 1, Cassie, “Me & U,” 2006
18 weeks to No. 1, Adina Howard, “Freak Like Me,” 1995
17 weeks to No. 1, The Game featuring 50 Cent, “How We Do,” 2005
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT: The All-American Rejects rise to their first No. 1 on the Adult Top 40 airplay chart, as “Gives You Hell” burns 2-1.
In March, the track became the band’s first leader on the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart and rose to No. 4, a career best, on the Billboard Hot 100.
At No. 39 on Adult Top 40, Daughtry returns with “No Surprise,” the lead single from its sophomore set, “Leave This Town,” due July 14. The group became the first act to produce five top 10s and three No. 1s at the format from a debut album.
COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts. On the Billboard Hot 100, Daughtry’s new single is set to soar in, thanks to a top 10 launch on Hot Digital Songs augmenting its out-of-the-box airplay. The band premiered the song a week ago (May 6) on “American Idol,” the same night judge Paula Abdul unveiled “I’m Just Here for the Music,” which will join Daughtry as a new Hot 100 entry.
On the Billboard 200, Chrisette Michele bows at the summit with “Epiphany.” Her first album, “I Am,” peaked at No. 29 in 2007. With T-Pain having led the chart with an album of the same name, also in 2007, “Epiphany” joins a select club of like-titled sets to rule the chart by different artists. We’ll look at the list tomorrow.
Further down the Billboard 200, a late legend extends his chart span to 53 years, one month and three weeks – one week short of the chart’s entire history as a weekly survey – as “Live at the Meadowlands” debuts. He’s most closely associated with New York, New York, but the album that returns the iconic figure to the chart was recorded, in 1986, just to the west, in his home state of New Jersey.