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Chart Beat Wednesday: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Yoko Ono

Zac Brown Band tops Country Songs, while the act at No. 2, Lady Antebellum, makes history on the Adult Pop Songs survey with "Need You Now."

’20’ TO 1: Zac Brown Band‘s “The Foundation” becomes the eighth major label debut album in the Nielsen BDS-monitored data era to yield at least three No. 1s on Country Songs, as “Highway 20 Ride” rolls 2-1.

The song follows “Chicken Fried” and “Toes” to the top. Second single “Whatever It Is” peaked at No. 2 in July.

Here is a look at the introductory major label sets to sport three or more No. 1s on Country Songs dating to Clint Black‘s grand entrance more than 20 years ago:

Clint Black, “Killin’ Time” (1989-90)
“Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “Nobody’s Home,” “Walkin’ Away”

Brooks & Dunn, “Brand New Man” (1991-92)
“Brand New Man,” “My Next Broken Heart,” “Neon Moon,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”

Wynonna, “Wynonna” (1992)
“She Is His Only Need,” “I Saw the Light,” “No One Else on Earth”

Clay Walker, “Clay Walker” (1993-94)
“What’s It to You,” “Live Until I Die,” “Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open”

Deana Carter, “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” (1996-97)
“Strawberry Wine,” “We Danced Anyway,” “How Do I Get There”

Dixie Chicks, “Wide Open Spaces” (1998-99)
“There’s Your Trouble,” “Wide Open Spaces,” “You Were Mine”

Carrie Underwood
, “Some Hearts” (2006-07)
“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,” “Wasted”

Zac Brown Band, “The Foundation” (2008-10)
“Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride”

Billboard senior chart manager Wade Jessen notes that the coronation of “Highway 20 Ride” marks the most turnover atop Country Songs in more than 15 years, as the song follows four titles that each spent a week at No. 1: Billy Currington‘s “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” Blake Shelton‘s “Hillbilly Bone,” featuring Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin‘s “A Little More Country Than That” and Underwood’s “Temporary Home.”

The chart hadn’t rotated through five new No. 1s in five weeks since November/December 1994, when Mary Chapin Carpenter‘s “Shut Up and Kiss Me,” Walker’s “If I Could Make a Living,” George Strait‘s “The Big One,” John Michael Montgomery‘s “If You’ve Got Love” and Joe Diffie‘s “Pickup Man” all reached the summit in a span of five weeks.

LEADING LADY: Atop Adult Pop Songs for a fourth week, Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” rewrites the record for most weekly plays in the chart’s 14-year history.

Eighty-five reporters played the song a combined 4,129 times in the chart’s March 29-April 4 tracking period, an average of 49 plays per station (or one spin approximately every three-and-a-half hours).

Here are the titles to register the top weekly plays totals in the Adult Pop Songs archives:

Highest Weekly Plays Total, Title, Artist, Year
4,129, “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum, 2010
4,043, “The Reason,” Hoobastank, 2004
4,001, “This Love,” Maroon 5, 2004
3,945, “Unwell,” Matchbox Twenty, 2003
3,808, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Green Day, 2005

“Need You Now” spends a third week at No. 1 on Adult Contemporary and bullets at No. 2 on Pop Songs, where Lady Gaga‘s “Telephone” reigns for a fourth frame. On Country Songs, the trio’s “American Honey” pushes 4-2.

FAB FOUR: Yoko Ono collects her fourth consecutive No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, as “Give Me Something” lifts 2-1. The song is the 77-year-old’s sixth No. 1 on the survey, a run that began with “Walking on Thin Ice” in 2003.

Charting now in remixed form, “Give Me Something” was originally released on Ono and John Lennon‘s landmark 1980 album “Double Fantasy.” This week in 1981, that set’s “Woman” was spending a third and final week peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ono’s current No. 1 streak began with “No, No, No” in 2008 and continued with “Give Peace a Chance” and “I’m Not Getting Enough.”

COMPLETE BEAT: Barenaked Ladies enter the Billboard 200 with “All in Good Time,” the Canadian alt-rockers’ first album following the departure of longtime member Steven Page. Also new to the list is an artist who could be considered an honorary member of the group, at least based on her buzzworthy new video. New at No. 4, Erykah Badu notches her fifth top five album with “New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh.” Check tomorrow’s posting of Chart Beat for more on Billboard’s complete menu of airplay and sales surveys.