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Chart Beat: Dierks Bentley, Seether, Heidi Montag

Chart experts discuss Dierks Bentley, Seether, Heidi Montag and more!

JACKSON’S JUMPS: Tomorrow’s Chart Beat will focus on the resounding sales impact of Michael Jackson’s music on Top Comprehensive Albums, Top Pop Catalog and Hot Digital Songs.

Last week, only one title by Jackson placed among the lists: “Number Ones” ranked at No. 20 on Top Pop Catalog and No. 148 on Top Comprehensive Albums.

With no new music having been released recently by Jackson, none of his titles will appear on the Billboard 200 album chart or the Billboard Hot 100 songs charts, each of which rank only current efforts.

Click here for Billboard Director of Charts Silvio Pietroluongo’s exclusive analysis, powered by Nielsen BDS data, of the overwhelming radio airplay of Jackson’s music among a variety of formats following Jackson’s passing Thursday (June 25). Senior Chart Manager Keith Caulfield, meanwhile, breaks down Jackson’s latest sales figures, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Dierks Bentley cruises to his seventh No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as “Sideways” lifts 3-1.

Since he first reached the summit on the chart dated Sept. 27, 2003, only four artists have notched more No. 1s: Kenny Chesney (12), Brad Paisley (11), Rascal Flatts (nine) and Keith Urban (eight). Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood also own seven leaders in that span.

Here is a recap of Bentley’s chart-toppers on Hot Country Songs:

“What Was I Thinkin’ ” (one week at No. 1), 2003
“Come a Little Closer” (three weeks at No. 1), 2005
“Settle for a Slowdown” (two weeks at No. 1), 2006
“Every Mile a Memory” (one week at No. 1), 2006
“Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” (one week at No. 1), 2007
“Feel That Fire” (one week at No. 1), 2009
“Sideways” (one week at No. 1), 2009

“Sideways” follows prior single “Feel That Fire” to the top. Bentley had previously posted consecutive No. 1s with “Come a Little Closer,” “Settle for a Slowdown” and “Every Mile a Memory.”

DROPPIN’ 35: A week after bowing on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 52, marking her best start this decade, Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed” debuts on three airplay charts: Rhythmic (No. 29), Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (No. 35) and Adult R&B (No. 37).

The song represents the singer’s 35th entry on the Rhythmic tally, lifting her into a second-place tie for most charted titles in the list’s 16-year history. Carey, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg’s totals trail only the 40 chart hits amassed by R. Kelly.

Carey releases her 12th studio album, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” Aug. 25.

After 13 years, George Michael claims credit on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.

Seether’s rock cover of “Careless Whisper” enters the airplay survey at No. 40. Michael co-wrote the 1985 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 ballad with then-Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley.

Michael’s name has now been attached to four Mainstream Top 40 chart entries. P.M. Dawn sampled his 1988 Hot 100 No. 1 “Father Figure” on its No. 2-peaking Mainstream Top 40 hit “Looking Through Patient Eyes” in 1993. In 1996, Michael sent two of his own songs onto the chart. “Jesus to a Child” rose to No. 20, and “Fastlove” flew to No. 14.

Seether has scaled Mainstream Top 40 twice before. “Broken” featuring Amy Lee of Evanescence, peaked at No. 10 in 2004. “Rise Above This” reached No. 39 last fall.

The E! television network might have banned her, but Heidi Montag is welcome on Hot Dance Club Songs, where “More is More” enters at No. 50 for her first Billboard chart appearance.

According the New York Daily News, an estimated 94% of those who recently responded to an E! poll claimed that they were tired of the media saturation of Montag, star of MTV’s “The Hills,” and her husband Spencer Pratt. The E! network responded by announcing that they were ceasing coverage of the couple until further notice.

E! Online general manager Suzanne Kolb did add one chart-related caveat.

“If her album went to No. 1, that would be a newsworthy thing,” she said.

(We tend to agree.)