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Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

After 21 years, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" revisits the Billboard 200, logging a record-extending 742nd week on the survey.

NEW ‘MOON’: With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles, one of the chart’s landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd‘s “Dark Side of the Moon” re-enters the chart for the first time since Oct. 8, 1988, logging a record-extending 742nd week on the survey.

The collection, which debuted on the tally on March 17, 1973, and spent a week at No. 1 on the April 28, 1973, chart, leads the album with the second-longest stay on the chart by 252 weeks (or 4.8 years). Here is a list, as of this week, of the releases with the longest chart lives on the 53-year-old Billboard 200 (with debut years in parentheses):

742 weeks, “Dark Side of the Moon,” Pink Floyd (1973)
490 weeks, “Johnny’s Greatest Hits,” Johnny Mathis (1958)
480 weeks, “My Fair Lady,” Original Cast (1956)
331 weeks, “Highlights From the Phantom of the Opera,” Original Cast (1990)
302 weeks, “Tapestry,” Carole King (1971)

With Jason Mraz‘s “I’m Yours” also having established the lengthiest stay (70 weeks) in the Billboard Hot 100’s 51-year history in October, the longevity records on Billboard’s signature song and album charts have both been re-written in 2009.

BOYLE-ING HOT: Click here for Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield’s exclusive analysis of Susan Boyle’s astonishing, record-breaking sales week, as her debut album, “I Dreamed a Dream,” begins at the chart’s summit.

How does Boyle stack up against other women to arrive atop the Billboard 200 with a maiden chart entry? She is the first solo female to enter at No. 1 with her first charted title since fellow U.K. native Leona Lewis began at No. 1 with “Spirit” in April 2008.

The only other women to manage the feat this decade are Miley Cyrus (2007), Ashlee Simpson (2004), Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson (2003), Ashanti (2002) and Alicia Keys (2001).

On the Hot 100, two tracks from Boyle’s album bow: the title cut, originally from the musical “Les Miserables,” at No. 62 and “Wild Horses” at No. 98. The latter song is the first Rolling Stones cover to grace the list since Guns N’ Roses‘ “Sympathy for the Devil” in 1995.

(The Verve‘s “Bittersweet Symphony” in 1998 featured Mick Jagger and Keith Richards writing credits, but the song was not a true remake of the Rolling Stones’ 1965 composition “Last Time”.)

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: Lil Wayne maintains his lead over the “Glee” Cast for most charted entries on the Hot 100 this year, though the ensemble closes the gap.

Lil Wayne posts his 21st charted title of 2009, guesting on Birdman‘s “4 My Town (Play Ball)” at No. 90, while the “Glee” singers up their count to 20 with a pair of newly-arriving covers.

Their remake of “True Colors” at No. 66 marks the ballad’s first Hot 100 ink since Cyndi Lauper‘s original reached No. 1 in 1986.

Directly below at No. 67, the troupe returns John Lennon‘s “Imagine” to the Hot 100 for a third consecutive year, following versions by Jack Johnson (No. 90, 2007) and David Archuleta (No. 36, 2008).

Tracie Spencer’s rendition first brought Lennon’s 1971 No. 3-peaking classic back to the chart, reaching No. 85 in 1989.

‘PAPERS’ TRAIL LEADS TO NO. 1: Usher collects his 10th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as “Papers” lifts 2-1. His eighth No. 1 since 2000, the track moves Usher past the chart’s former leaders Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, each with seven, for most No. 1s on the list this decade. The latter pair dips to No. 3 after three weeks on top with “Empire State of Mind.”

At No. 77, Keys debuts with “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down,” a re-worked ballad version of the song exclusive to the special edition of her fourth studio album, “The Element of Freedom,” due Dec. 15.

Usher’s sixth studio album, “Raymond vs. Raymond,” streets Dec. 21.

ALL-‘AMERICAN’ BOYS: Kris Allen may have defeated him on “American Idol,” but Adam Lambert bests the series’ reigning champ on the Billboard 200.

Lambert’s major-label debut album, “For Your Entertainment,” bows at No. 3, topping the No. 11 start for Allen’s self-titled introductory set last week. (“Take One,” an independent release of Lambert session recordings from 2005, entered last week’s chart at No. 72).

Last year, runner-up David Archuleta likewise arrived at a higher rank (No. 2) than winner David Cook (No. 3).

Has the “American Idol” viewing audience come to regret its final vote the last two years? Prior to Allen and Lambert and the two Davids, no debut album by an “American Idol” runner-up had bested the debut rank of the same season’s winning singer. From 2002, the show’s first year, through 2007, the winning “Idol” either topped or tied the runner-up’s initial Billboard 200 entrance.

Here is a look at the debut positions of each first- and second-place “Idol” finisher. Winners of each season are listed above runners-up:

No. 11, Kris Allen, “Kris Allen”
No. 3, Adam Lambert, “For Your Entertainment”

No. 3, David Cook, “David Cook”
No. 2, David Archuleta, “David Archuleta”

No. 10, Jordin Sparks, “Jordin Sparks”
No. 10, Blake Lewis, “Audio Day Dream”

No. 2, Taylor Hicks, “Taylor Hicks”
No. 2, Katharine McPhee, “Katharine McPhee”

No. 2, Carrie Underwood, “Some Hearts”
No. 4, Bo Bice, “The Real Thing”

No. 8, Fantasia, “Free Yourself”
No. 52, Diana DeGarmo, “Blue Skies”

No. 1, Ruben Studdard, “Soulful”
No. 1, Clay Aiken, “Measure of a Man”

No. 1, Kelly Clarkson, “Thankful”
No. 20, Justin Guarini, “Justin Guarini”

CHART BEAT BITS: Rihanna rejoices with her first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as “Rated R” launches at the summit. The set starts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The singer eclipses the No. 2 peak on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums of her 2006 set, “A Girl Like Me” …

Three Days Grace climbs to the top of Rock Songs and the Active Rock and Mainstream Rock charts with “Break.” The song is the band’s fifth No. 1 on each of the latter two lists …

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
notch their first simultaneous debuts on the Billboard 200. “The Live Anthology” arrives at No. 51, with the four-disc set likely spurring nostalgic fans to purchase the band’s 2008 “Greatest Hits,” which bows at No. 160 …

‘Tis the season for Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to return to the Digital Songs chart, where it reappears at No. 18. The 1994 carol has become an annual re-entry on the tally, even spending a week at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 24, 2005 …

Not only does Taylor Swift grab the second-most 2010 Grammy Award nominations, but she’s also the subject of one of the wryest radio promotions currently on-air. Whenever listeners hear one of Swift’s songs interrupted by Kanye West on WCTK/Providence, R.I., the lucky 20th caller wins a pair of tickets to her show at neighboring Gillette Stadium next June. Clever thinking by the country & West-ern station.