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Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins

Spending a fifth week atop the Hot 100, "California Gurls" equals the reign of "Empire State of Mind," heating up a bi-coastal chart battle.

PARTY IN THE U.S.A.: Before the release of “California Gurls,” Katy Perry revealed her inspiration for co-writing the song:

“It’s so great that (Jay-Z and Alicia Keys‘) ‘Empire State of Mind’ is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but … what about LA? What about California? It’s been a minute since we had a California song, and especially from a girl’s perspective.”

This week, “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, intensifying the East-vs.-West Coast battle between Perry and Jay-Z and Keys’ chart performances. “Empire State of Mind” led the Hot 100 for five weeks beginning on the Nov. 28, 2009, chart.

Thus, with one more week on top, Perry can claim bragging rights all to herself for the longest-reigning Hot 100 hit spotlighting New York or California. As of now, the following songs paying tribute to the Empire and Golden States have logged the highest peaks on the Hot 100:


Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Year
No. 1 (5 weeks), “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z + Alicia Keys, 2009
No. 1 (5 weeks), “California Gurls,” Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, 2010
No. 1 (2 weeks), “How Do U Want It”/”California Love,” 1996
No. 1 (1 week), “Hotel California,” Eagles, 1977
No. 2, “Spanish Harlem,” Aretha Franklin, 1971
No. 3, “California Girls,” the Beach Boys, 1965
No. 3, “California Girls,” David Lee Roth, 1985
No. 4, “California Dreamin’,” the Mamas & the Papas, 1966
No. 5, “California Sun,” the Rivieras, 1964
No. 5, “It Never Rains in Southern California,” Albert Hammond, 1972
No. 5, “Harlem Shuffle,” the Rolling Stones, 1986

Of the 11 such songs above to reach the top five, eight are odes to California and three put a shine on the Big Apple.

One artist is taking a stand against Perry’s proclamation of any West Coast domination. J-Hype has remixed the song, retitled “New York City Gurls”:

“New York City gurls, they got that attitude. Work, then play, that hustle don’t stop,” goes the chorus. “East Coast represent!”

CRAZY FOR THIS ‘GURLS’: “California Gurls” makes additional news on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where, a week after setting the mark for most weekly plays in the list’s 17-year history, it rewrites the record.

The song logged 12,159 plays among the list’s 132 panelists in the tracking week of June 28-July 4, according to Nielsen BDS. Last week, the cut registered 11,816 detections, besting the previous record of 11,224 plays totaled by Ke$ha‘s “TiK ToK” on the Feb. 6, 2010, chart.

“California Gurls” concurrently caps Adult Pop Songs (2-1) in its eighth chart week, marking just the third trip to the top of only eight frames since 2000. Santana‘s “The Game of Love,” featuring Michelle Branch, reached No. 1 in its eighth frame on Nov. 23, 2002, and Leona Lewis‘ “Bleeding Love” likewise assumed the throne in its eighth week on June 7, 2008.

In its second week on Adult Contemporary, “California Gurls” blasts 26-16. (The song is credited solely to Perry on the Adult Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary charts, as stations in the formats have been serviced an edit without Snoop Dogg’s rap contribution).

PERFECT 10: The Dirty Heads‘ “Lay Me Down,” featuring Rome, re-establishes the record for longest command of the Alternative Songs chart for an independently released title, as the Executive Music Group title spends a 10th week at No. 1.

The song’s reign passes the nine-week rule of Everlast‘s “What It’s Like,” released on Tommy Boy, in 1998-99.

“Lay Me Down” is the 21st of 277 total No. 1s since the Alternative Songs chart’s 1988 inception to spend at least 10 weeks on top.

EVERLASTING ‘LOVE’: Rising a notch to No. 10 in its 46th week on the list, Lee Brice‘s “Love Like Crazy” sets the record for longest trip to the top 10 in the 66-year history of the Country Songs chart.

The song eclipses the 40-week climbs to the top tier by Gary Allan’s “Right Where I Need to Be” in 2000-01 and Josh Gracin’s “We Weren’t Crazy” in 2008.

“Love Like Crazy” is one of just nine songs in the Country Songs archives to log at least at 46 weeks, a feat first accomplished in 1947:

Weeks on Chart, Title, Artist, Peak Year
54, “Bouquet of Roses,” Eddy Arnold, 1948
52, “Fraulein,” Bobby Helms, 1957
48, “Right Where I Need to Be,” Gary Allan, 2001
46, “I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms),” Eddy Arnold, 1947
46, “Cold, Cold Heart,” Hank Williams, 1951
46, “My Next Thirty Years,” Tim McGraw, 2000
46, “Baby Girl,” Sugarland, 2005
46, “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood, 2006
46, “Love Like Crazy,” Lee Brice, 2010

FOLK TALE: Judy Collins makes her first appearance on a Billboard survey in close to 20 years, as “Paradise” debuts at No. 11 on Folk Albums. The set sports appearances by Joan Baez and Stephen Stills and a cover picture of Collins taken by legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz.

Collins had last placed on a Billboard chart when “Fires of Eden” spent its last frame on Adult Contemporary, after reaching No. 31, on Dec. 29, 1990.

Collins extends her Billboard chart span to 46 years, three months and three weeks. The folk icon first appeared the week of March 28, 1964, when “Judy Collins #3” bowed on the Billboard 200.

CHART BEAT BITS: Consumers were clearly feeling patriotic over the July 4 holiday. Lee Greenwood‘s “God Bless the USA” enters Country Digital Songs at No. 12, while Toby Keith‘s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” enters at No. 36. On Rock Digital Songs, Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born in the USA” blasts in at No. 25. The 25-position Classical Digital Songs chart welcomes three newly-arriving versions each of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “The Star Spangled Banner” …

Kenny G collects his 14th No. 1 on the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, as “Heart & Soul” launches at the summit. The saxman’s chart-topping total is double the No. 1 sums of the acts in second place, George Benson and Fourplay. With the bow, Kenny G spends a 309th total week at No. 1. Norah Jones is second with 143 frames totaled atop the chart …

After the multi-format success of the title cut of Lady Antebellum‘s second album, “Need You Now,” Capitol Records has revisited the trio’s self-titled debut set for the pop and adult radio follow-up single. The act’s “I Run to You” debuts on Adult Pop Songs at No. 39, 51 weeks after the track topped Country Songs. “Need You Now” leads Adult Contemporary for a 15th week and ruled Adult Pop Songs for nine frames and Country Songs for five. On the lattermost list, the group is on its third hit from “Need You Now”: “American Honey” spent two weeks at No. 1 and “Our Kind of Love” rises 16-14 this week …

Veteran country songwriter Jimmy Webb draws his first Billboard chart ink as an artist, as “Just Across the River” wades onto Heatseekers Albums at No. 5, Top Independent Albums at No. 34 and the Billboard 200 at No. 196. The set features duet covers of several of Webb’s most-celebrated compositions, including “Wichita Lineman,” with Billy Joel, “The Highwayman,” with Mark Knopfler, and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” with Glen Campbell …

LeAnn Rimes brings a former No. 1 back to Country Songs, as “Swingin’ ” debuts at No. 60. Rimes performed the song backed on guitar by the artist who first made the song a smash, John Anderson, on the 2010 CMT Awards June 9. Anderson spent a week at No. 1 with his version on the Country Songs chart dated March 26, 1983. “Swingin’ ” also earned the honor of 1983 CMA Single of the Year. At the time, Rimes may have been swingin’ in a swing set. Born Aug. 28, 1982, she was six-months and one-week old when Anderson’s track crowned Country Songs.