CHART DEBUTS: Last week, Nielsen, owner of Billboard, announced the closing after 36 years of trade publication Radio & Records (R&R). In addition to news items and feature stories, R&R also contained a host of airplay charts powered by Nielsen BDS data.
This week, a pair of R&R’s charts migrate to Billboard: Active Rock and Heritage Rock (whose reporters combine to comprise Billboard’s 28-year-old Mainstream Rock chart panel). Effective this week, the Modern Rock chart also segues to its new name, Alternative (better reflecting the descriptor used among those in the format), and Billboard introduces the 50-position audience-based Rock Songs chart, which ranks airplay among alternative, rock and triple A reporters. (The Rock Songs chart’s first No. 1 is “Know Your Enemy” by Green Day).
In the Christian genre, the Christian Songs chart expands from 30 to 50 positions, and R&R’s Christian CHR list joins Billboard’s chart menu.
Billboard’s sales/airplay hybrid Pop 100, meanwhile, is discontinued. In place of the chart, which launched in 2005 and more recently had more mirrored the Hot 100 in light of heightened digital sales, the airplay-only plays-based Mainstream Top 40 survey, which began in 1992, will track the progress of songs across U.S. pop radio.
PINK, PEAS POWER: Speaking of the Mainstream Top 40 chart, Pink advances to her 12th top 10 and the Black Eyed Peas their 12th chart appearance on the tally.
Pink zips 14-10 with “Please Don’t Leave Me,” her third top 10 from “Funhouse” following “So What” (No. 1) and “Sober” (No. 3). With the current song’s climb, Pink enters loftier territory for most top 10s in the chart’s history. She now ties for third place with Nelly and Justin Timberlake, each also with a dozen. Mariah Carey leads with 16 top 10s, followed by Madonna with 14.
At No. 39, the Black Eyed Peas bow with “I Gotta Feeling,” the second single from “The E.N.D.,” new at retail this week. Lead cut “Boom Boom Pow” reigns for a fourth week. With the new entry, the quartet takes the lead for most chart entries among groups this decade. The Peas pass the 11 titles charted each by Backstreet Boys and Nickelback since 2000.
SHINEDOWN UP: Jacksonville, Fla., rock band Shinedown soars to the top of three airplay charts.
The group collects its first No. 1 on Adult Top 40, as “Second Chance” rises 3-1. Shinedown is the first act to reach the summit in its first chart appearance since Leona Lewis, whose “Bleeding Love” began a 10-week reign a year ago this month.
Shinedown’s ballad previously topped Mainstream Rock for 10 weeks, Heritage Rock (nine), Active Rock (four weeks) and Alternative (three).
On Mainstream Rock and Active Rock, the band becomes the first act in nearly two years to collect three No. 1s from an album, as “Sound of Madness” reaches the top of each tally. The title track from Shinedown’s third album follows “Devour” and “Second Chance” to No. 1. Three Days Grace last sent a trio of titles from a set to the top of each chart, when “One-X” which produced the “Animal I Have Become,” “Pain” and “Never Too Late” in 2006-07.
In tomorrow’s second weekly helping of Chart Beat, we’ll delve deeper into the impressive run of “Second Chance” on the Billboard Hot 100. Plus, can you think of any coincidences when it comes to the song’s title and another band from Jacksonville? 20 years apart, each act has now taken a ballad by that name to the Hot 100’s upper reaches, as well as the Adult Contemporary chart.
COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts, including the Billboard 200, where Dave Matthews Band blasts in with its fifth No. 1, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.” Chickenfoot, the supergroup which includes Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani, also enters the top 10. Elvis Costello enjoys a strong debut, as well. His “Secret, Profane & Sugarcane” becomes his third-highest-charting album among 29 chart entries dating to his first, “My Aim Is True,” in 1977.