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Chart Beat: Lady GaGa, “Now 30”, Taylor Swift

Chart experts discuss Lady GaGa, "Now 30", Taylor Swift 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.

She may have looked intense while bringing down the house with her live performance on “American Idol” this week, but Lady GaGa had ample reason to smile. The New York native, born Stefani Germanotta, becomes the first artist in nearly ten years to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with his or her first two chart entries, as “Poker Face” deals 2-1. She first led for three weeks in January with “Just Dance.”


The last performer to launch with a pair of Hot 100 chart-toppers was Christina Aguilera in 1999-2000.

Looking back at the last quarter-century, Lady GaGa is one of just eight artists to open with a pair of No. 1s:

Lady GaGa, “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” 2008-09
Christina Aguilera, “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” 1999-00
Mase, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” (Puff Daddy featuring Mase), “Mo Money Mo Problems” (The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase), 1997
Mariah Carey, “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” 1990
Wilson Phillips, “Hold On,” “Release Me,” 1990
Rick Astley, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Together Forever,” 1988
Tiffany, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Could’ve Been,” 1987-88
Peter Cetera, “Glory of Love,” “The Next Time I Fall,” 1986

’80s fans take note: in what’s sure to be a fun synthesizer celebration, two of those artists will share a stage next week. Rick Astley and Tiffany will team with Deborah Gibson and Samantha Fox for “Nostalgie 80” at Quebec’s Colisee Pepsi April 10.

’30’ + 11 = 12: The “Now 30” compilation debuts atop the Billboard 200. With 11 other new entries arriving in the top 20, this week marks the most titles ever to debut in the top 20 in the chart’s 53-year history.

Heading the list of the dozen new top 20 titles, “Now 30” bows at No. 1 with 146,000 copies sold. It’s the 13th “Now” set to hit the top and the 12th to debut at No. 1. The sum is, however, the lowest debut sales week for the regular “Now” series since the first edition arrived in 1998.

The Billboard 200 first saw as many as 11 debuts in the top 20 on the Oct. 16, 2004, chart, with Rascal Flatts’ “Feels Like Today” leading the way.

Since then, the top 20 has welcomed 11 new sets multiple times, most recently on the Nov. 15, 2008, chart. Pink posted that week’s top opening, a No. 2 start for “Funhouse.”

This week’s Billboard 200 sports debuts at Nos. 1, 2, 4, 8-11, 13, 15-17 and 20.

The dozen debuts push Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” out of the top 10 (6-12) for the first time in the album’s 20-week run on the Billboard 200. The set was the first to spend its first 19 weeks in the top 10 since the Black Eyed Peas’ “Monkey Business” inhabited the top 10 its first 23 frames in 2005. The last album by a female artist to spend its first 19 weeks in the top 10 was Mariah Carey’s “The Emancipation of Mimi,” which logged its first 23 weeks in the top tier that same year.

SHE’S JUST BEING MILEY (OR HANNAH): Ahead of the surefire blockbuster’s April 10 opening in theaters, the soundtrack “Hannah Montana: The Movie” enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2 with sales of 139,000.

Here are the peaks of Montana/Miley Cyrus’ previous charting sets:

No. 1, “Hannah Montana,” 2006
No. 1, “Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus,” 2007
No. 7, “Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party,” 2008
No. 3, “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert,” 2008
No. 1, “Breakout,” 2008
No. 103, “Hannah Montana: Hits Remixed,” 2008

On the Billboard Hot 100, with “Let’s Get Crazy” netting the Hot Shot Debut at No. 57 and “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” entering at No. 87, Cyrus’ TV and film character ups her total to 15 career entries. That’s six more than her real life alter-ego has amassed.

“You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” was co-written by Taylor Swift, who bows with her own title from the new “Hannah Montana” soundtrack, “Crazier,” at No. 72. Since the beginning of 2008, Swift has charted more Hot 100 songs (16) than any other female act. Among all performers in that stretch, only Lil Wayne (25) and T-Pain (20) have more.

ALL ‘TOLD,’ UNDERWOOD, TRAVIS BACK IN TOP 10: Randy Travis becomes the first artist in 27 years to send a title into the top 10 twice on Hot Country Songs, as Carrie Underwood’s cover of his 1988 chart-topper, “I Told You So,” on which he’s featured, rises 11-9.

Until Travis this week, no artist had taken the same composition into the top 10 in updated form since Dolly Parton reigned with her original “I Will Always Love You” in 1974 and a re-recording in 1982 (a third take, with Vince Gill, climbed to No. 15 in 1995).

The collaboration, Travis’ 30th top 10 and his first since the No. 1 “Three Wooden Crosses” in 2003, marks the first top 10 cover of a prior top 10 by any artist since Blake Shelton rose to No. 10 in June 2005 with a remake of Conway Twitty’s 1988 No. 7 ballad “Goodbye Time.”

Underwood’s album “Carnival Ride,” which includes the original solo recording of “Told,” the version that country radio first played before the rendition featuring Travis was serviced, now boasts its fifth top 10 on Hot Country Songs. The first four – “So Small,” “All-American Girl,” “Last Name” and “Just a Dream” – all reached the summit.

Underwood joins a select list of artists to score five Hot Country Songs top 10s from a single album released since 2000. Here are the eight albums in that span to achieve the fivefold honor:

Carrie Underwood,” Carnival Ride,” 2007-09
Tim McGraw, “Let It Go,” 2007-09
Brad Paisley, “5th Gear,” 2007-08
Taylor Swift, “Taylor Swift,” 2006-08
Kenny Chesney, “The Road and the Radio,” 2005-06
Keith Urban, “Be Here,” 2004-06
Kenny Chesney, “When the Sun Goes Down,” 2004-05
Kenny Chesney, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” 2002-03

GIRL POWER: Francesca Battistelli vaults 4-1 on Hot Christian AC Songs with “Free to Be Me” to become the first female artist to top the radio chart since Nichole Nordeman reigned wth “Brave” in summer 2005. Battistelli is only the fourth solo female to lead the list since its July 2003 launch. The singer/songwriter joins Nordeman, Christy Nockels (2004) and Joy Williams (2005).

HOT HOUGHTON: Cross-cultural worship leader Israel Houghton earns his first No. 1 on Top Christian Albums and his third No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums with “The Power of One.”

Previously billed with singing group New Breed, Houghton crowned Top Gospel Albums with “Live From Another Level” in 2004 and “A Deeper Level: Live” in 2007.

The new album is Houghton’s first solo outing. The set’s lead single, “Just Wanna Say,” ascends 23-19 on Hot Gospel Songs.

ACTIVE ‘VOICES‘: Yanni debuts at Nos. 1 and 2 on Top New Age Albums with “Voices” and “Voces,” which also bow at No. 20 and No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and Top Latin Albums, respectively.

With “Voices” becoming his 12th leader on Top New Age Albums, Yanni moves closer to the record for most No. 1s on the 20-year-old tally. Mannheim Steamroller places first with 14 No. 1s, followed by Jim Brickman with 13.

“Voices” marks Yanni’s highest position on the Billboard 200 since “If I Could Tell You” also debuted and peaked at No. 20 on the Oct. 21, 2000, chart. “Voces” is his first set on Top Latin Albums.

Both albums feature guest vocalists, with “Voces” sporting such Latin music stars as Olga Tanon, Cristian Castro, Willy Chirino and Jose Feliciano.

‘OK’ GO: Modern Rock mainstay the Offspring crosses over its first Mainstream Top 40 radio chart hit in 10 years, as “Kristy, Are You Doing OK?” debuts at No. 38. The band last appeared on the pop airplay list with “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” in 1999. In between, the group notched 12 Modern Rock chart entries, including a pair of No. 1s.

LET’S TALK ABOUT …: Justin Timberlake brings sexy back to the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10, again.

Vaulting 27-10, Ciara’s “Love Sex Magic,” featuring Timberlake, becomes the 13th song containing the word ‘sex’ in its title to reach the top 10 in the Hot 100’s 50-year history.

Ciara breaks ground by becoming the only female artist among the group, while, thanks to “SexyBack” in 2006, Timberlake can boast being the only artist on the list twice:

“You Sexy Thing,” Hot Chocolate, No. 3, 1976
“Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?,” Rod Stewart, No. 1, 1979
“Sexy Eyes,” Dr. Hook, No. 5, 1980
“Sexual Healing,” Marvin Gaye, No. 3, 1983
“(She’s) Sexy + 17,” Stray Cats, No. 5, 1983
“I Want Your Sex,” George Michael, No. 2, 1987
“I Wanna Sex You Up,” Color Me Badd, No. 2, 1991
“I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred, No. 1, 1992
“Sex and Candy,” Marcy Playground, No. 8, 1998
“SexyBack,” Justin Timberlake, No. 1, 2006
“Sexy Love,” Ne-Yo, No. 7, 2006
“Sexy Can I,” Ray J and Yung Berg, No. 3, 2008
“Love Sex Magic,” Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake, No. 10, 2009