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Chart Beat Wednesday: Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Zac Brown Band

After leading Adult Contemporary for 15 weeks with "The Climb," Miley Cyrus takes over Pop Songs, where "Party in the U.S.A." rises 2-1.

THE WINNER BY A MILEY: The new No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart is the 200th leader in the list’s history. How far back does the chart date? The survey first appeared in Billboard’s pages in the print issue dated Oct. 3, 1992. The artist who notches the tally’s 200th No. 1 was born seven weeks later.

Miley Cyrus nets the list’s landmark leader, as “Party in the U.S.A.” steps 2-1. The song is Cyrus’ first No. 1 on the chart. She previously peaked as high as No. 4 with “See You Again.”


Here are some of the prior milestone No. 1s in the Pop Songs archives:

First No. 1: “End of the Road,” Boyz II Men, 1992
14th No. 1: “The Sign,” Ace of Base, 1994 (song with the most weeks at No. 1, 14)
50th No. 1: “Truly Madly Deeply,” Savage Garden, 1998
100th No. 1: “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton, 2002
142nd No. 1: “Shake It Off,” Mariah Carey (her sixth No. 1, most among all artists)
150th No. 1: “Temperature,” Sean Paul, 2006

“Party in the U.S.A.” marks Miley Cyrus’ second champion on a Billboard airplay chart. Two weeks ago, “The Climb” wrapped a 15-week stay atop Adult Contemporary.

In addition to Cyrus, hooray for Hollywood. “Party in the U.S.A.” is the second No. 1 on Pop Songs for Hollywood Records. The label first reigned for five weeks with Jesse McCartney‘s “Leavin’ ” beginning in July 2008. Hollywood placed its first title on the chart when George Michael & Queen‘s remake of the latter band’s “Somebody to Love” bowed the week of May 1, 1993 (long before the anthem was revived again recently by the cast of Fox-TV’s “Glee”).

20/10 VISION OF ‘LOVE’: Mariah Carey collects her 20th top 10 on Adult Contemporary, and her first since the No. 3 “We Belong Together” in 2005, as her remake of Foreigner‘s “I Want to Know What Love Is” rises 11-10. (Foreigner concurrently re-enters at No. 21 with “When It Comes to Love”).

Carey first appeared in the Adult Contemporary top 10 when “Vision of Love” climbed 11-7 on the chart dated July 7, 1990. The ballad would become her first of six No. 1s to date.

With 20 top 10s, Carey ties for second-most Adult Contemporary top 10s over the last two decades. Here are the artists with the most trips to the top tier since the beginning of 1990:

21, Celine Dion
20, Mariah Carey
20, Elton John
18, Rod Stewart
17, Michael Bolton
16, Phil Collins

Zac Brown Band socks the competition on Country Songs, as “Toes” steps 2-1.

The track, co-written by Shawn Mullins (“Lullaby”), is the act’s second No. 1 in three tries. Its debut chart entry “Chicken Fried” sizzled for two weeks at No. 1 last December. “Whatever It Is” reached No. 2 in July.

Zac Brown Band is the first group to ascend to the Country Songs summit with two of its first three chart entries since Dixie Chicks, who arrived with the No. 7-peaking “I Can Love You Better” and followed with the No. 1s “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces” in 1998.

Bookending the Country Songs upper bracket, Taylor Swift scores her ninth top 10, as “Fifteen” lifts 11-10. Since Swift first appeared in the top 10 with her debut single “Tim McGraw” on the chart dated Dec. 16, 2006, she is tied with Brad Paisley for second-most top 10s. In that almost three-year span, only Kenny Chesney has more top 10s (10).

COMPLETE BEAT: “Tim McGraw” may have been a hit on Country Songs in 2006, but the album featuring the cut, Taylor Swift’s eponymous debut, isn’t done making headlines. Check back for more on Swift’s latest Billboard chart achievement in tomorrow’s edition of Chart Beat.