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Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Marc Cohn

Katy Perry makes it two top 20 debuts in-a-row on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Teenage Dream" follows up her six-week No. 1 "California Gurls."

20 IS A ‘TEENAGE’ NUMBER: Katy Perry pounces onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 20 with “Teenage Dream,” the follow-up to her six-week No. 1 “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg. After her first six chart entries debuted between Nos. 65 and 98, Perry has now began in the top 20 in each of her two most recent visits. “California Gurls” splashed in at No. 2 in May.

With the bow of the title cut from Perry’s second Capitol Records album, due Aug. 24, the singer brings the word “teenage” back to the Hot 100’s top 20 for the first time in almost 43 years. On the chart dated Dec. 16, 1967, Victor Lundberg’s “An Open Letter to My Teenage Son” completed a six-week run.

Perry’s new single is the fifth song with “teenage” in its title to impact the Hot 100’s top 20 since the chart’s 1958 launch. Here is the list of such songs (none of which to-date has peaked in the teens):

Peak Position, Title, Artist, Year
No. 5, “A Teenager in Love,” Dion & the Belmonts, 1959
No. 5, “Teen Age Idol,” Ricky Nelson, 1962
No. 8, “Lonely Teenager,” Johnny Burnette, 1960
No. 10, “An Open Letter to My Teenage Son,” Victor Lundberg, 1967
No. 20, “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry, 2010

Perry’s debut marks the first “teenage” title to enter the Hot 100 since Alicia Keys‘ “Teenage Love Affair” peaked at No. 54 in 2008. A year earlier, My Chemical Romance’s “Teenagers” reached No. 67.

Missing from the Hot 100’s archives is one of the most iconic songs erroneously associated with the word “teenage.” Often cited as “Teenage Wasteland,” the Who‘s “Baba O’Riley,” from 1971’s “Who’s Next,” was never released as a single and, thus, never appeared on the list, per chart rules at the time.

UNDERWOOD OVERWHELMS: As reported yesterday in Chart Beat, Carrie Underwood scores her 10th No. 1 on Country Songs, as “Undo It” rises 2-1.

With 10 No. 1s, Underwood ties Reba McEntire for most chart leaders among women since the survey adopted Nielsen BDS-monitored airplay data as of Jan. 20, 1990.

Underwood additionally becomes just the ninth female soloist to total at least 10 No. 1 titles since Country Songs premiered in the Jan. 8, 1944, Billboard issue. Here is a look at the women to reach double-digit No. 1s in the chart’s 66-year history. (The list excludes female duo the Judds, who tallied 14 No. 1s between 1984 and 1989):

25, Dolly Parton
23, Reba McEntire
20, Tammy Wynette
18, Crystal Gayle
16, Loretta Lynn
11, Rosanne Cash
10, Anne Murray
10, Tanya Tucker
10, Carrie Underwood

Underwood is the first artist to join the exclusive club since Cash collected her 10th Country Songs No. 1, “Runaway Train,” Nov. 12, 1988. Tucker had tallied her 10th topper three weeks earlier, when “Strong Enough to Bend” crowned the Oct. 22, 1988, chart.

With Underwood having first appeared on Country Songs the week of June 11, 2005, her five-year, two-month sprint to totaling 10 No. 1s makes her the second-fastest female to reach the milestone from the beginning of a chart career. Wynette notched her 10th leader, “Good Lovin’ (Makes It Right,” Aug. 28, 1971, four years, eight months and two weeks after first appearing on the chart with “Apartment #9” in December 1966.

TOP MARCS: Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn notches his highest career rank on the Billboard 200, as “Listening Booth: 1970” debuts at No. 28.

The 1991 best new artist Grammy Award winner previously peaked as high as No. 38 with his self-titled debut album. That set reached its best rank on the strength of Cohn’s introductory No. 13 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Walking in Memphis.”

“My friend and producer John Leventhal and I wanted to make these old familiar classics sound, in effect, like you were hearing them for the first time,” says Cohn of the new covers album.

“In the end, this record is my humble attempt to repay a debt of gratitude to the artists that changed my life, and to try and bring something fresh to their work, which, 40 years later, still sounds as vital and soulful as ever.”

The new collection sports 13 remakes, including two titles that reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1970: Bread’s “Make It With You” and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “The Tears of a Clown,” the former track featuring Indie.Arie. Aimee Mann also guests, providing vocals on the set’s update of Badfinger’s “No Matter What.”

“After 20 years of making records, it’s incredibly gratifying to have my new release debut so well,” Cohn tells Billboard. “Absolutely thrilling!”

‘LIKE’-LY STORY: How likable is Enrique Iglesias‘ “I Like It,” featuring Pitbull?

With an 8-6 advance on the Hot 100, the song becomes the highest-charting such title in the chart’s history, passing Dino’s No. 7-peaking “I Like It” in 1989.

Here is a ranking of the chart’s top-peaking songs titled “I Like It”:

Peak Position, Artist, Year
No. 6, Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull, 2010
No. 7, Dino, 1989
No. 17, Gerry & the Pacemakers, 1964
No. 24, Sammie, 2000
No. 25, Blackout Allstars, 1997
No. 31, DeBarge, 1983
No. 83, Jomanda, 1993 (remake of DeBarge’s song above)

MAROON 5 TOP 10: While lead singer Adam Levine and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael chatted live yesterday with fans on, Maroon 5 continues to make news in this site’s charts section, as well.

The band collects its eighth Adult Pop Songs top 10, as “Misery” charges 11-8 with Greatest Gainer honors for the fifth consecutive week. The band had not totaled five such awards with a title since “This Love” took the trophy five times in 2004.

Among groups in the chart’s 14-year history, only Goo Goo Dolls (13), matchbox twenty (12) and Nickelback (11) have tallied more top 10s than Maroon 5. Train has also notched eight top 10s.

“Misery” concurrently debuts on Adult Contemporary at No. 30 and becomes the group’s first top 20 entry on Pop Songs (23-20) since 2007.

“Misery” introduces Maroon 5’s third studio album, “Hands All Over,” due Sept. 21. Ahead of beginning the first leg of its North American tour tomorrow night (July 30) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the group previewed the new release, and revisited its catalog, Tuesday (July 27) at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The concert was broadcast live without commercial interruptions exclusively on Fuse.