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Chart Beat Thursday: Justin Bieber, Train, Scorpions

Justin Bieber and Monica get up close and personal on the Billboard 200, where their latest albums bow at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

‘2.0’ BECOMES 1: As previously reported, Justin Bieber‘s “My World 2.0” arrives atop the Billboard 200, making the 16-year-old the youngest solo male to top the tally since then-13-year-old Stevie Wonder led the Aug. 24, 1963, chart with “Little Stevie Wonder/The 12 Year Old Genius.”

Bieber has not lost a step in his old age, having turned 16 March 1. His debut EP, “My World,” bounds to a new peak of No. 5. He becomes the first act to concurrently chart two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 since the chart dated Oct. 9, 2004, when Nelly placed “Suit” at No. 2 and “Sweat” at No. 4.

While Bieber is the youngest male in almost 47 years to command the Billboard 200, a younger solo artist reigned as recently as Aug. 9, 2008, when Miley Cyrus, then three months shy of her sweet 16th, spent a week at No. 1 with “Breakout.”

Only 7 solo artists have topped the Billboard 200 before turning 17. SEE WHO THEY ARE!

(Reinforcing that Billboard charts welcome artists of all ages, note the debut at No. 3 on Jazz Albums. 82-year-old Mose Allison bows with “The Way of the World,” the pianist’s first studio set in 12 years).

DELAYED ARRIVAL: In its 25th week on Digital Songs, Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” steamrolls 5-1.

The group engineers just the fourth trip of more than 20 weeks to the summit since the chart’s data began contributing to the Billboard Hot 100 in February 2005:

Weeks to No. 1, Title, Artist, Year
26, “Dirty Little Secret,” the All-American Rejects, 2006
25, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train, 2010
25, “How to Save a Life,” the Fray, 2006
24, “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga featuring Colby O’Donis, 2009

On the Hot 100, “Hey, Soul Sister” rebounds from No. 7 to a new high point of No. 3, granting Train its highest Hot 100 placement. The band’s “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” reached No. 5 in June 2001.

“Hey, Soul Sister” jumps 8-6 as the Greatest Gainer on Adult Contemporary and becomes Train’s third top 10 on Pop Songs (11-9), following “Meet Virginia” (No. 10, 2000) and “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (No. 4, 2001).

THE ‘STING’: With a bow for “Sting in the Tail” at No. 23, Scorpions notch their highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 since 1991, when “Crazy World” reached No. 21. The latter set yielded the rock band’s biggest Hot 100 hit, the No. 4-peaking “Wind of Change.”

The group first charted on the Billboard 200 dated July 28, 1979, with “Lovedrive” and has peaked as high as No. 5 with “Savage Amusement” in 1988.

Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker recently told Billboard that “Sting in the Tail” will serve as the band’s final album, and its upcoming tour will be its last.

“Everything has its end; the question is, (is) it a good end or bad end? In this case, we want to do these things and make it a good end.”

COUNTRY COMEBACK: More recently in the news for other reasons, Mindy McCready appears on a Billboard chart for the first time since 2002, as “I’m Still Here” opens as the Hot Shot Debut on Country Albums at No. 71 (view the chart in full on

McCready placed six titles on the survey between 1996 and 2002, led by her No. 5-peaking debut set, “Ten Thousand Angels.” That album’s first two singles, the title cut and “Guys Do It All the Time,” peaked at Nos. 6 and 1, respectively, in 1996 and appear in re-recorded form on “I’m Still Here.”

McCready’s new album also sports a cover of Garth Brooks‘ 1990 classic, “The Dance.”

THE BOY IS BACK: Another artist whose impressive recording career has been overshadowed of late by non-music issues likewise returns after a lengthy absence.

Boy George draws Billboard chart ink for the first time in nine years, as “Amazing Grace” begins at No. 10 on Hot Dance Singles Sales (viewable at The former Culture Club frontman had last charted with “The Essential Mix,” which reached No. 20 on Top Independent Albums in March 2001.

Until this week, the ’80s icon had last appeared on Hot Dance Singles Sales with his signature solo hit “The Crying Game” on June 5, 1993.

CHART BEAT BITS: Monica manages her second No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as her sixth studio album, “Still Standing,” vaults 78-1. The singer first reigned with her last album, “The Makings of Me,” in 2006. On the Billboard 200, “Still Standing” debuts at No. 2. She has ranked higher on the chart only with “After the Storm,” which bowed at No. 1 on July 5, 2003 …

Just as Monica’s album logged a debut last week due to street-date violations before blasting to the summit, Usher‘s “Raymond v Raymond” is expected to top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums next week following an arrival at No. 74 this week. Usher’s sixth studio set is also forecasted to dislodge “My World 2.0,” by the singer’s protégé Justin Bieber, from the top of the Billboard 200 next week …

Joe Bonamassa‘s fourth entry on the Billboard 200 becomes his first top 40 title on the list, as “Black Rock” debuts at No. 39. The album launches as the singer/guitarist’s sixth No. 1 on Blues Albums. Bonamassa, who has played with the likes of Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Steve Winwood, first ruled the latter chart with “So It’s Like That” in 2002 …

Jaron Lowenstein makes his first appearance on the Hot 100 since “Crazy for This Girl” wrapped a 23-week chart run this week in 2001 after peaking at No. 15. That single was credited to Evan and Jaron, the duo featuring his twin brother Evan Lowenstein. Now fronting Jaron and the Long Road to Love, the singer/songwriter bows at No. 87 with “Pray for You.” The track rises 34-32 on Country Songs …

The Bird and the Bee create a buzz on the Billboard 200, as “Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates” starts at No. 75. The set features alternative-leaning covers of five of the duo’s six Hot 100 No. 1s: “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” and “Maneater” (only “Out of Touch” is absent from the album’s track list). Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield points out that the collection is the third charted album since September to pay tribute to one act, following Cheap Trick‘s ode to the Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper Live” (No. 83), and the Flaming Lips‘ update of Pink Floyd‘s “The Dark Side of the Moon” (No. 157).