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Chart Beat: Rascal Flatts, Seal, Eminem

Chart experts discuss Rascal Flatts, Seal, Eminem, Kristine W 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.

Rascal Flatts claims its 10th No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as “Here Comes Goodbye” vaults 6-1. Having first led with “These Days” in November 2002, the band extends its span of No. 1 songs to six years and five months. Its longest-reigning leader is “Bless the Broken Road,” on top for five weeks beginning in February 2005.

The trio is just the sixth act to collect 10 or more No. 1 songs this decade. Here are the artists with the most leaders on the list since 2000:

15, Toby Keith
13, Kenny Chesney
12, Tim McGraw
12, Brad Paisley
10, Rascal Flatts
10, Keith Urban

The band’s sixth studio album “Unstoppable” concurrently arrives atop the Billboard 200. Since the chart converted to Nielsen SoundScan data in May 1991, 444 albums have spent time at the summit. But just 10 of those have belonged to country duos or groups. Who’s in that exclusive club? Check back tomorrow when we run down the select list.

Set-up for “Unstoppable,” which bows with 351,000 copies sold, included a performance and unprecedented seventh win for Vocal Group of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards April 5. The band is also featured in “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” performing “Backwards” and “Bless the Broken Road.” It kicks off its J.C. Penney-sponsored tour June 5 in St. Louis, playing 60 cities before year’s end.

“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” rises 12-10 at Adult Contemporary, granting Seal his first top 10 at the format since the No. 4 “Love’s Divine” in 2004. The singer also reached the top bracket with “Kiss From a Rose” (No. 1, 1995), “Don’t Cry” (No. 4, 1996) and “Fly Like an Eagle” (No. 9, 1997).

Although Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ 1972 original never reached the Adult Contemporary chart (then-titled Easy Listening), Seal brings the song back to the tally’s top 10 for a second time, following Simply Red’s chart-topping run in 1989. It is just the fifth non-holiday title to reach the top 10 as recorded by two artists in the past 20 years:

“If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
Simply Red, No. 1, 1989
Seal, No. 10, 2009

“Listen to Your Heart”
Roxette, No. 2, 1989
D.H.T., No. 6, 2005

Fleetwood Mac, No. 10, 1998
Dixie Chicks, No. 1, 2003

“To Make You Feel My Love”
Billy Joel, No. 9, 1997
Garth Brooks, No. 8, 1998

“You Got It”
Roy Orbison, No. 1, 1989
Bonnie Raitt, No. 6, 1995

GOT IT ‘MADE’: Eminem scores his highest debut on Rhythmic airplay in five years, as his celebrity spoof “We Made You” blasts in at No. 27 after its first week at radio. The song, featuring an uncredited Charmagne Tripp singing the catchy chorus, marks the rapper’s best bow since “Encore” arrived at No. 23 in November 2004.

The second single from “Relapse,” due May 19, concurrently begins on Mainstream Top 40 at No. 38.

The album’s lead track, “Crack a Bottle,” with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, peaked at No. 6 at Rhythmic and No. 22 at Mainstream Top 40.

LUCKY 13: Kristine W logs her 13th No. 1 in 14 tries on Hot Dance Club Play, as “Love Is the Look” lifts 2-1. The singer born Kristine Weitz first led with her maiden entry “Feel What You Want” in 1994 and missed the summit only with a No. 2 peak for “I’ll Be Your Light” in 2006.

Her new No. 1 moves her into a solo share for fourth-most leaders in the chart’s history. Here is a ranking of the artists to make the most visits to the summit:

39, Madonna
18, Janet Jackson
14, Mariah Carey
13, Kristine W
12, Whitney Houston