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Chart Beat Wednesday: Owl City, Pet Shop Boys, John Mayer

Owl City's "Fireflies" continues to light up Billboard charts, nabbing the Greatest Gainer award on Adult Pop Songs for a fourth week.

WHO? WHO? OWL CITY: Two weeks after reaching the summit on the Billboard Hot 100, and a week after entering the top 10 on Pop Songs, Owl City‘s “Fireflies” continues to shine at multiple formats.

The Minnesota-based collective helmed by singer-songwriter Adam Young becomes the first lead group in almost three years to claim the Adult Pop Songs survey’s Greatest Gainer award with a maiden chart single for four consecutive weeks, as “Fireflies” soars 17-12. Daughtry‘s “It’s Not Over” earned the honor for four weeks in-a-row in January-February 2007.


Since, another band earned the honor for five consecutive weeks, although it was not credited as a lead act. OneRepublic won the Greatest Gainer prize for five straight weeks in November-December 2007 as featured on Timbaland‘s “Apologize.”

The only other rookie act in that span with such a streak of Greatest Gainer ribbons was Leona Lewis, whose “Bleeding Love” logged the largest gain in plays for seven consecutive weeks in April-June 2008.

The future on Adult Pop Songs bodes well for “Fireflies,” considering its company. “It’s Not over” went on to lead the list for nine weeks, “Apologize” reigned for six weeks and “Bleeding Love” ruled for 10 frames.

NORTH END BOYS: Pet Shop Boys extend their lead for most No. 1s among duos or groups on Dance/Club Play Songs, as “Did You See Me Coming?” becomes their 10th chart champion (2-1). Depeche Mode ranks second in the category with eight leaders.

Here is a look at Pet Shop Boys’ 10 toppers:

1986, “West End Girls”
1988, “What Have I Done to Deserve This” (Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield)
1993, “Can You Forgive Her?”
1993, “Go West”
1996, “Before”
1997, “To Step Aside”
1999, “New York City Boy”
2001, “Break 4 Love” (Peter Rauhofer + Pet Shop Boys = the Collaboration)
2009, “Love Etc.”
2009, “Did You See Me Coming?”

Having reached No. 5 as guests on Robbie Williams‘ “We’re the Pet Shop Boys” in January, 2009 marks the first year – in more than 23 years of charting on Dance/Club Play Songs – in which Pet Shop Boys have notched a trio of top fives on the survey.

WHAT HE ‘SAYS’ GOES (TO NO. 1): John Mayer ties Jack Johnson for most No. 1s among male artists on the Triple A airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz), as “Who Says” becomes the former artist’s sixth leader (3-1). The lead track from “Battle Studies,” due Tuesday (Nov. 17), also advances 40-36 on Rock Songs.

Among all acts, here are those with the most No. 1s since the Triple A tally launched in 1996:

10, U2
8, Coldplay
8, Dave Matthews Band
7, Counting Crows
7, Sheryl Crow
7, R.E.M.
6, Jack Johnson
6, John Mayer

COMPLETE BEAT: Check back tomorrow when we run down feats from among all our charts, including three on which Alicia Keys rises to the summit.

Another female superstar leads multiple rankings, as Carrie Underwood takes over atop the Billboard 200, Country Albums and Country Songs. While Underwood reaches the penthouse on the former two charts as quickly as possible, as “Play On” storms both lists at No. 1, she also logs her fastest ascent to the top spot on Country Songs, where “Cowboy Casanova” gallops to No. 1 in its 10th chart week.