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Chart Beat: Black Eyed Peas, Hello Goodbye, Keith Urban

Chart experts discuss Black Eyed Peas, Hello Goodbye, Keith Urban and more!

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.

It’s fairly common for an artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo act after reigning as part of a group. It’s much rarer that the order is reversed, but that’s the case this week as the Black Eyed Peas net their first leader with “Boom Boom Pow,” which vaults 39-1. The act’s first coronation follows vocalist Fergie’s three No. 1s in 2006-07.


In the chart’s 50-year history, only two other groups have followed members to the summit. Genesis became the first when “Invisible Touch” led the Hot 100 on July 19, 1986. Phil Collins had notched the first four of his seven No. 1s in 1984-85.

Matchbox 20 repeated the feat on the Hot 100 dated July 22, 2000, with a No. 1 showing for “Bent.” By then, its frontman Rob Thomas had spent 12 weeks on top as a guest on Santana’s “Smooth” beginning on the Oct. 23, 1999, chart.

The new No. 1 ranking for “Pow” grants the Peas their best Hot 100 placing. They had risen as high as No. 3 with two titles: “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” and “My Humps,” both in 2005.

The chart’s new champ ascends to the top thanks to a No. 1 bow on Hot Digital Songs, where its first-week sum of 465,000 downloads sold sets a record for a group. The total passes the 253,000 Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” moved in the chart week dated June 21, 2008.

HELLO ‘GOODBYE’: Appearing on Billboard surveys for more than a quarter-century, the DeBarge family writes a new chapter in its chart history. Kristinia DeBarge debuts at No. 74 on Pop 100 Airplay with “Goodbye.” She’s the daughter of writer/producer/singer James DeBarge. The song incorporates the chorus of Steam’s 1969 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”

The act first entered the Billboard 200 on Sept. 11, 1982. Here is a look at the peak positions of all the charting albums from the family band and its members in solo outings:

No. 24, “All This Love,” 1982
No. 36, “In a Special Way,” 1983
No. 19, “Rhythm of the Night,” 1985

Chico DeBarge:
No. 90, “Chico DeBarge,” 1986
No. 86, “Long Time No See,” 1997
No. 41, “The Game,” 1999

El DeBarge:
No. 24, “El DeBarge,” 1986
No. 137, “Heart, Mind & Soul,” 1994

Bunny DeBarge:
No. 172, “In Love,” 1987

On the Billboard Hot 100, DeBarge/El DeBarge placed 11 titles between 1983 and 1987 (it was not officially credited on Quincy Jones’ “The Secret Garden” in 1990, though El Darge appeared on the track). The group climbed as high as No. 3 on the Hot 100 with “Rhythm of the Night” (the first of writer Diane Warren’s 31 top 10s) in 1983 and “Who’s Johnny” in 1986.

Kristinia DeBarge first shined in the spotlight as a contestant on Fox’s “American Juniors” in 2003. While it begins at radio, “Goodbye” extends her TV ties: look for the song in Nivea’s new ad campaign.

Keith Urban celebrates his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as his “Defying Gravity” set arrives atop the list with 171,000 sold. The country star had previously climbed as high as No. 3 twice, with “Be Here” in 2004 and “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing” in 2006. On Top Country Albums, “Gravity” is his third chart-topper.

‘FLOW3R’ BLOOMS: Urban’s set narrowly beats out its closest competitor on the Billboard 200, as Prince’s Target-exclusive “LotusFlow3r/MPLSoUND/Elix3r” arrives at No. 2 with 168,000. The triple-disc effort, which includes an album from Prince protege Bria Valente, is the artist’s 14th top 10 on the Billboard 200. It’s his fourth this decade, equaling his output in the ’90s and leaving him just two shy of his top 10 take in the ’80s.

On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the set launches at No. 1, marking Prince’s 23rd top 10. That pushes him into a tie with Stevie Wonder for the second-most top 10s among male artists. Prince first reached the top 10 on the tally with his 1979 self-titled release.

Here is a rundown of the acts with 20 or more top 10 albums in the history of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:

32, The Temptations
31, Aretha Franklin
25, James Brown
23, Prince
23, Stevie Wonder
21, The Surpremes
20, The Isley Brothers

FROM A PRINCE TO A KING: On the heels of being honored as the Academy of Country Music’s top act of the decade, George Strait scores his record-padding 44th No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as “River of Love” rolls 3-1.The song extends the King of Country’s record set when “Give It Away” became his 41st No. 1 in September 2006, surpassing the mark of 40 trips to the summit which fellow legend Conway Twitty held for 20 years; the late Twitty logged his 40th No. 1, “Desperado Love,” in September 1986. Strait had matched Twitty’s total when “She Let Herself Go” ascended to the top in January 2006.

“River” is Strait’s first No. 1 since “I Saw God Today” last May. He first led with “Fool Hearted Memory” on the chart dated Aug. 28, 1982.

Recorded Sunday (April 6), “George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert” will air on CBS May 27, featuring Jamie Foxx, Alan Jackson and Taylor Swift among its packed lineup.

THE JAZZ SINGER: Diana Krall debuts at a career-high No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and nets her ninth No. 1 on Top Jazz Albums with “Quiet Nights.” Krall is now tied for second-most No. 1s on the Jazz album list with George Benson, Miles Davis and Grover Washington, Jr. Harry Connick, Jr. leads with 10.

LEONARD LIVE: Iconic Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen claims his second-highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, and his best rank in almost 40 years, as “Live in London” enters at No. 76. He notched his previous high when “Songs from a Room” peaked at No. 63 on the chart dated May 10, 1969.

‘SOBER’ UP: Pink becomes the first artist in the 13-year history of the Adult Top 40 airplay chart to string together three consecutive No. 1s, as “Sober” steps 2-1. She scored her first leader with “Who Knew” in October 2007 and followed with “So What” in December.

Not a bad feat for an artist whose sound was too rhythmic-leaning to draw any chart ink at Adult Top 40 when she arrived in 2000. Her first three singles, “There You Go,” “Most Girls” and “You Make Me Sick,” from her debut album “Can’t Take Me Home,” all reached the top 20 at Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic, but did not chart at Adult Top 40.

In 2001, Pink teamed with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya for her first Adult Top 40 appearance, the foursome’s No. 25-peaking cover of LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade.” After scoring five more chart hits, “U + Ur Hand” became Pink’s first top five at the format in 2007, reaching No. 5 and paving the way for her current chart-topping streak.

Dating to the Adult Top 40 chart’s 1996 launch, Pink matches Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and Santana with a trio of No. 1s apiece. They trail only Nickelback, the leader with five toppers, and Matchbox Twenty (four).

The coronation of “Sober” also marks the first Adult Top 40 No. 1 for co-writer Kara DioGuardi. The “American Idol” judge (and former Billboard employee) previously penned top 10s at the format for Kelly Clarkson (“Walk Away”), Santana (“I’m Feeling You”) and Ashlee Simpson (“Pieces of Me”).

COVER STORY: Seether scores the first top 10 remake at Modern Rock in five years, as “Careless Whisper” charges 13-8. The band’s unlikely update of Wham’s 1985 Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary No. 1 is the first cover to reach the upper tier since 311’s reinvention of the Cure’s 1989 classic “Love Song” rose to No. 1 in April 2004.

“Whisper” is Seether’s fourth Modern Rock top 10 from the album “Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces.” “Fake It” and “Rise Above This” reached No. 1, and “Breakdown” climbed to No. 4.