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Chart Beat Wednesday: Jay Sean, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood

After six months, the Black Eyed Peas' reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 halts. Jay Sean takes over with "Down," which also tops Pop Songs.

‘DOWN’ IS UP: What goes up must come down. In this case, it’s because of “Down.”

After a record 26-week reign with “I Gotta Feeling” (the last 14 weeks) and “Boom Boom Pow” (12 weeks directly prior), the Black Eyed Peas cede the Billboard Hot 100 summit at last, as Jay Sean celebrates his first No. 1 with a 2-1 ascent for “Down.”

Tomorrow in Chart Beat, we’ll focus on the song’s Hot 100 coronation. Today, there’s more than enough to focus on regarding another chart that “Down” crowns.

Sean’s career-opening single likewise rises 2-1 on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Featured artist Lil Wayne also nets his first No. 1 on the tally.


Sean is just the ninth male artist to conquer Pop Songs with his debut entry dating to the survey’s 1992 inception. More than half of the select group has done so, however, since 2005, and the last artist in the exclusive club – Flo Rida – earned the honor with what would become the format’s top song of 2008.

Here are the male soloists to make such grand Pop Songs entrances:

Shawn Mullins, “Lullaby,” 1998
Eagle Eye Cherry, “Save Tonight,” 1998
Ricky Martin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” 1999
Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of …),” 2000
Gavin DeGraw, “I Don’t Want to Be,” 2005
Chris Brown, “Run It!,” 2005
Ne-Yo, “So Sick,” 2006
Flo Rida, “Low,” 2008
Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne, “Down,” 2009

In addition to Sean’s achievement, Lady Gaga and Beyonce each make milestone moves on Pop Songs, as well, after the artists were honored as Billboard’s Rising Star and Woman of the Year, respectively, Friday (Oct. 2).

Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” pushes 11-7 to become her fourth top 10 on Pop Songs. She is just the fifth female in the chart’s archives to collect at least four top 10s from a debut domestic album, joining Alanis Morissette (five, 1995-96), Christina Aguilera (1999-2000), Gwen Stefani (2005) and Fergie (five, 2006-08).

Beyonce concurrently secures her 10th top 10, as “Sweet Dreams” soars 15-10. The ascent makes “I Am…Sasha Fierce” her first album to yield four Pop Songs top 10s. “If I Were a Boy” reached No. 9, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” spent three weeks at No. 1 and “Halo” hovered for three weeks at a peak of No. 2.

Also notable on Pop Songs is the debut at No. 38 for Britney Spears‘ “3.” The song is Spears’ 24th career entry, most among all artists since she first arrived with “…Baby One More Time” on the chart dated Oct. 24, 1998.

With “3” topping iTunes’ sales chart following its digital release yesterday (Oct. 6), expect the song to rocket onto next week’s Billboard Hot 100. Spears’ second hits set, “The Singles Collection,” arrives Nov. 24.

“3” is only the second title to grace Pop Songs whose title consists solely of a single digit. Prince‘s “7” hit No. 3 in 1993.

PERFECT 10: On Country Songs, Carrie Underwood ropes her 10th top 10, as “Cowboy Casanova” climbs 11-8. With the advance, Underwood now stands alone in first-place for most top 10s on the chart among solo women this decade.

Here are the solo females with the most top 10s on Country Songs since 2000:

10, Carrie Underwood
9, Faith Hill
9, Martina McBride
8, Taylor Swift
7, Sara Evans
7, Reba McEntire
6, Jo Dee Messina
5, LeAnn Rimes
5, Gretchen Wilson
4, Shania Twain

Notably, the artist who led the category among women last decade did so with almost three times as many top 10s. Reba McEntire ranked first among solo women in the ’90s with 27 top 10s on Country Songs. Trisha Yearwood placed second with 18 between 1990 and 1999, and Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Tanya Tucker each posted 14 in that span.

As Underwood notches her latest noteworthy top 10, the performer with the highest such sum among all artists this decade extends his lead. Kenny Chesney collects his 28th top 10 this decade, as “I’m Alive,” with Dave Matthews, lifts 13-9.

Matthews is the first core rock artist to appear in the top 10 of Country Songs since, fittingly, Kid Rock reached No. 4 with “All Summer Long” a year ago this month.

COMPLETE BEAT: In addition to Jay Sean’s Hot 100 takeover, tomorrow in Chart Beat we’ll also spotlight the Billboard 200, where divas stage a dramatic domination. Barbra Streisand edges out Mariah Carey and Madonna, as well as the Hayley Williams-led Paramore, for her first leader since 1997.