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Chart Beat Wednesday: B.o.B, Kris Allen, Blake Lewis

B.o.B bounds to No. 1 on Pop Songs with "Nothin' on You," while Kris Allen makes radio history among "American Idol" finalists.

BOYS CLUB: B.o.B becomes the 12th solo male to lead Billboard’s Pop Songs chart with a first entry, as “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars, rises 2-1. While eight male rookies ruled the list between the chart’s inception in 1992 through 2008, B.o.B is the fourth rookie male to reign since October, when Jay Sean reached the summit with “Down.” Jason Derulo and Iyaz followed Sean to the top last year.

Here is a look at the male soloists to top Pop Songs with their first charted titles:


Artist, Title, Year
B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars, “Nothin’ on You,” 2010
Iyaz, “Replay,” 2009
Jason DeRulo, “Whatcha Say,” 2009
Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne, “Down,” 2009
Flo Rida, “Low,” 2008
Ne-Yo, “So Sick,” 2006
Chris Brown, “Run It!,” 2005
Gavin DeGraw, “I Don’t Want to Be,” 2005
Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of …),” 2000
Ricky Martin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” 1999
Eagle Eye Cherry, “Save Tonight,” 1998
Shawn Mullins, “Lullaby,” 1998

ADULT ENTERTAINMENT: Kris Allen pushes 11-10 on Adult Contemporary with “Live Like We’re Dying.” The 2009 “American Idol” champ is the show’s 10th former contestant to reach the chart’s top 10, following Kimberley Locke (seven top 10s), Kelly Clarkson and Chris Daughtry (with Daughtry) (four each), Clay Aiken, David Cook, and Carrie Underwood (two each) and David Archuleta, Jordin Sparks and Elliott Yamin (one).

With “Live Like We’re Dying” having peaked at No. 3 on Adult Pop Songs and No. 10 on Pop Songs, Allen is the series’ first graduate to send a debut single into the top 10 on all three charts.

At No. 28 on Adult Contemporary, Air Supply returns to the list for the first time since July 10, 1993, as “Dance With Me” debuts. The duo last ranked higher when “Lonely Is the Night” placed at No. 25 on the chart dated Oct. 18, 1986.

As Air Supply revealed in an interview with Billboard last week, today marks the pair’s 35th anniversary: Russell Hitchcock and Grahame Russell met May 12, 1975. The act released its first album since 2002, “Mumbo Jumbo,” last Tuesday (May 4).

CAN’T BEAT BLAKE: Beat boxing “American Idol” alum Blake Lewis bounds 5-1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart with “Heartbreak on Vinyl.” The song topped the Dance/Club Play Songs survey last month.

With No. 1s on his resume on each chart, Lewis is the first former “American Idol” contestant to top each tally.

The singer who defeated Lewis in the series’ 2007 season, Jordin Sparks, is the show’s only other former top-two finalist to lead Dance/Club Play Songs, having ruled with “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)” in December. Kelly Clarkson is the only other performer discovered on “American Idol” to command Hot Dance Airplay; her “Since U Been Gone” spent six weeks at No. 1 in 2005.

COMPLETE BEAT: As previously reported, Eminem scores the 16th entrance at No. 1 in the 52-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, as “Not Afraid” blasts in at the top spot. Of the 16 launches at the summit, Eminem’s new leader is just the second by a rapper. Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’ reinvention of the Police’s 1983 No. 1 “Every Breath You Take,” “I’ll Be Missing You,” featuring 112, arrived at No. 1 on the chart dated June 14, 1997. Check tomorrow’s Chart Beat blog for more details, as well as highlights of Billboard’s entire menu of sales and airplay charts.