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Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Avenged Sevenfold, Usher

Sugarland's new confection scores the Hot 100's highest-ever debut by a country duo or group, as "Stuck Like Glue" blasts in at No. 20.

SWEET AND STICKY: Sugarland‘s “Stuck Like Glue” affixes itself to the Billboard Hot 100, arriving as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 20.

The song is the 222nd in the Hot 100’s history to enter inside the top 20. (The first was Herman’s Hermits’ “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” a new entry at No. 12 the week of April 17, 1965). The track is the first, however, to achieve the distinction by a country duo or group. It tops the previous best bow by a non-solo country act, Dixie Chicks‘ “Not Ready to Make Nice,” which began at No. 28 in May 2006.

“Stuck Like Glue” is one of just 14 titles by any country act to start in the top 20. Here are the select five country artists to log such lofty launches:


9, Taylor Swift
2, Carrie Underwood
1, Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines
1, Lee Greenwood
1, Sugarland

Swift owns the Hot 100’s highest debut by a country act. Her “Today Was a Fairytale” burst in at No. 2 on the Feb. 6, 2010, chart. (She’ll attempt to score the first No. 1 start for a country song next week. “Mine,” the first single from her forthcoming album “Speak Now,” was rush-released digitally yesterday and already ranks at No. 1 in the iTunes Store).

“Stuck Like Glue” previews Sugarland’s fourth album, “The Incredible Machine,” due Oct. 19. The cut, which soars 44-22 on Country Songs, was co-written by Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin. It’s not the rocker’s first association with country music, and Swift plays into his previous format connection, as well. Swift covered his band’s 2005 album cut “Breathless” at this year’s “Hope for Haiti” telethon. Her version spent a week on the Hot 100 at No. 72 in February.

A7X NO. 1: As previously reported, Avenged Sevenfold celebrates its first Billboard 200 No. 1, as “Nightmare” starts at the summit.

The band previously charted with “City of Evil,” which debuted and peaked at No. 30 the week of June 25, 2005; “Avenged Sevenfold” (No. 4, 2007); and, “Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough” (No. 24, 2008).

Also storming Hard Rock Albums at No. 1, “Nightmare” is the second set to top both surveys this year. Godsmack‘s “The Oracle” led the Billboard 200 and Hard Rock Albums charts dated May 22.

Last year, one such set doubly dominated: Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer.” In 2008, four albums led both lists: Disturbed’s “Indestructible,” Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone,” Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” and AC/DC’s “Black Ice.”

“Nightmare” additionally marks the first Billboard 200 topper on the Sire imprint since Depeche Mode‘s “Songs of Faith and Devotion” in 1993. Madonna had managed Sire’s three previous leaders: “Like a Prayer” (1989), “True Blue” (1986) and “Like a Virgin” (1985).

FROM A ‘NIGHTMARE’ TO A …: Katy Perry boasts the Pop Songs radio airplay chart’s last two top 25 debuts, as “Teenage Dream” roars in at No. 25 with Greatest Gainer honors. The survey’s No. 1 song, “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, began at No. 23 in May.

“Teenage Dream” concurrently bounds 20-7 as the Greatest Gainer/Digital in its second week on the Hot 100 (incongruously bypassing the charts teen numbers region).

With seven weeks atop Pop Songs, “California Gurls” matches the commands of this and last year’s longest-running No. 1s on the chart: the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling” (2009) and Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” (2010). The reigns are the longest since Leona Lewis ruled for nine weeks with “Bleeding Love” in May-June 2008.

‘THERE’ HE ‘GOES’ AGAIN: Usher collects his 11th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as “There Goes My Baby” lifts 2-1. The singer also claims the chart’s Hot Shot Debut at No. 51 with “Hot Tottie,” featuring Jay-Z. The latter track is one of eight new songs featured on the double-disc re-issue of “Raymond V Raymond,” due Aug. 24.

With 11 leaders, Usher ties late legend Ray Charles and R. Kelly for fifth-place among solo males for most No. 1s dating to the inception of R&B/Hip-Hop Songs; the chart premiered as “Hot R&B Sides” the week of Oct. 20, 1958.

Here are the elite male artists with the survey’s most No. 1s:

19, Stevie Wonder
18, Louis Jordan
17, James Brown
13, Marvin Gaye
13, Michael Jackson
11, Ray Charles
11, R. Kelly
11, Usher
10, Freddie Jackson

With 19 No. 1s, Wonder trails only Aretha Franklin (20) for most toppers among all artists.

JONES KEEPING UP: With the arrival of “Praise & Blame” at No. 79 on the Billboard 200, Tom Jones captures his highest charting set in 33 years.

The iconic entertainer had not enjoyed such a high rank since “Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow” peaked at No. 76 in 1977.

Jones’ new album concurrently enters Christian Albums at No. 4. That’s the versatile singer’s highest rank on a Billboard chart since “If I Only Knew” reached No. 4 on Dance/Club Play Songs in 1995.

CHART BEAT BITS: Michael Sarver becomes the sixth member of the “American Idol” class of 2009 to reach a Billboard chart, as the singer’s self-titled debut album enters Heatseekers Albums at No. 45 and Country Albums at No. 58. Sarver, who placed 10th on the series’ eighth season, follows that year’s top five finishers in drawing Billboard chart ink: champion Kris Allen, runner-up Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and Matt Giraud …

Kylie Minogue collects her fourth No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, as “All the Lovers” rises 3-1. Though the format cornerstone first charted with the No. 10-peaking “I Should Be So Lucky” in 1988, Minogue didn’t reach the summit until “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” reigned in 2002. She followed with the No. 1s “Love at First Sight” the same year and “Slow” in 2004 …

Francesca Battistelli‘s “My Paper Heart” first appeared on Christian Albums the week of Aug. 8, 2008. This week, in its 93rd frame, the set reaches No. 1 at last (aided by sale pricing at the Family Christian bookstore chain). The 93-week journey to the summit is the longest by a female artist since the chart adopted Nielsen SoundScan data in June 1995 …

A title similarly completes a lengthy odyssey to No. 1 on Tropical Songs. After spending two weeks at a prior high point of No. 2 in May, Prince Royce‘s remake of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” rebounds and rockets 10-1 in its 37th week on the list. The song passes Aventura’s 34-week ascent to No. 1 with “El Perdedor” in 2008 for the chart’s longest trip to the top. King’s original recording reached No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 1961. Re-released as the theme to the movie of the same name in 1986, the song re-entered the Hot 100, rising as high as No. 9 …

Lady Gaga has fashioned some creative outfits, but perhaps none as appetizing as her latest likeness. The animated YouTube series “Annoying Orange” recently unveiled “Lady Pasta,” a high-carb caricature of the singer. The track “Lady Pasta,” a parody of “Bad Romance,” subsequently debuts at No. 22 on Comedy Digital Songs. All goes mostly well for the starch-of-the-imagination version of Lady Gaga, at least until the video’s end, when she finds herself in hot water (a little too literally):