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Chart Highlights: Johnny Mathis Scores 50th Adult Contemporary Hit

The icon becomes just the fifth artist to reach the historic milestone. Plus, Kelly Clarkson adds to the onslaught of holiday debuts, Broken Bells return and Mandisa makes chart history.

Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.

All our charts are refreshed on and Billboardbiz every Thursday and appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine.

Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** “Wrecking Ball” Miley Cyrus
Greatest Gainer No. 11 “The Monster” Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Debut No. 37 “Perfume” Britney Spears
Debut No. 38 “Harlem” New Politics
Debut No. 39 “Thinking About You” Calvin Harris Featuring Ayah Marar
Debut No. 40 “Pompeii” Bastille

Adult Contemporary
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** “Roar” Katy Perry

Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 21 “Underneath The Tree” Kelly Clarkson

Debut No. 27 “Sending You A Little Christmas” Johnny Mathis & Jim Brickman
Johnny Mathis and Jim Brickman bow at No. 27 on Adult Contemporary with “Sending You a Little Christmas.” The duet is Brickman’s 30th AC entry, the most among all acts dating to his first in March 1996. Originally a collaboration with vocalist Kristy Starling, “Sending” topped AC the week of Jan. 3, 2004.

The song marks even more of a landmark visit for Mathis, as he tallies his 50th AC hit (and first since 2003 and just his second of the last 25 years). Mathis first reached the chart in its second year of existence (1962) with the No. 2 hit “Gina.” He’s collected 12 AC top 10s, including two No. 1s: 1973’s “I’m Coming Home” and 1977’s “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” the latter with Deniece Williams.

Mathis is just the fifth act to amass at least 50 AC chart entries. Elton John leads all artists with 69 appearances, followed by Barbra Streisand (64), Neil Diamond (58), Elvis Presley (53) and Barry Manilow, also with 50.

Debut No. 28 “Run Run Rudolph” Whitney Wolanin
Debut No. 29 “This Christmas” Mary J. Blige
Debut No. 30 “Unconditionally” Katy Perry

Adult Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** “Wake Me Up!” Avicii
Greatest Gainer No. 14 “Best Day Of My Life” American Authors
Debut No. 35 “Make A Move” Gavin DeGraw
Debut No. 36 “Marry Me” Jason Derulo
Debut No. 40 “TKO” Justin Timberlake

Dance Club Songs
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** “Youth” Foxes
Greatest Gainer No. 2 “Stay The Night” Zedd Featuring Hayley Williams
Debut No. 35 “Higher” Deborah Cox Featuring Paige
Debut No. 39 “The Spark” Afrojack Featuring Spree Wilson
Debut No. 42 “Love Me Again” John Newman
Debut No. 43 “Unconditionally” Katy Perry
Debut No. 44 “Loved Me Back To Life” Celine Dion

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
*** No. 1 (6 weeks)*** “Hold On, We’re Going Home” Drake Featuring Majid Jordan
Greatest Gainer No. 7 “All Me” Drake Featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean
Debut No. 41 “Show Me” Kid Ink Featuring Chris Brown
Debut No. 42 “Cold Blood” Yo Gotti Featuring J. Cole & Canei Finch
Debut No. 45 “The Monster” Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Debut No. 49 “Primetime” Janelle Monae Featuring Miguel
Debut No. 50 “Up Down (Do This All Day)” T-Pain Featuring B.o.B

Rap Airplay
*** No. 1 (13 weeks)*** “Holy Grail” Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
Greatest Gainer No. 5 “The Monster” Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Debut No. 25 “Old School Love” Lupe Fiasco Featuring Ed Sheeran

Rock Airplay
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** “Come A Little Closer” Cage The Elephant
Debut No. 49 “Best Day Of My Life” American Authors
Greatest Gainer “Hey Brother” Avicii

Alternative Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** “Come A Little Closer” Cage The Elephant
Greatest Gainer No. 17 “It’s About Time” Young The Giant

Debut No. 33 “Holding On For Life” Broken Bells
Broken Bells, aka Danger Mouse and James Mercer, return to Alternative Songs with “Holding On for Life” at No. 33. The duo charted two prior hits: “The High Road,” which reached No. 10 in 2010, and “The Ghost Inside” (No. 22, 2011). “Life” introduces the pair’s sophomore album, “After the Disco,” due Jan. 14. Broken Bells begin their 2014 tour on Feb. 28 in Minneapolis, with 10 dates total through March 12 in New Orleans just announced.

Debut No. 39 “Modern Jesus” Portugal. The Man
Debut No. 40 “Dirty Paws” Of Monsters And Men

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** “Mine Would Be You” Blake Shelton
Greatest Gainer No. 20 “Drink a Beer” Luke Bryan
Debut No. 55 “Get Me Some Of That” Thomas Rhett
Debut No. 57 “Ready Set Roll” Chase Rice

Latin Airplay
*** No. 1 (5 weeks)*** “Loco” Enrique Iglesias Featuring Romeo Santos
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 27 “Mujer de Piedra” Gerardo Ortiz
Debut No. 36 “Prometo Olvidarte” Tony Dize
Debut No. 42 “Timber” Pitbull Featuring Ke$ha
Debut No. 43 “La Foto de Los Dos” Carlos Vives
Debut No. 44 “Love & Party” Joey Montana Featuring Juan Magan
Debut No. 48 “Solo Busco Amor” Limi-t 21 Featuring Tito “El Bambino”

Regional Mexican Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** “Vas A Llorar Por Mi” Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 17 “Mujer de Piedra” Gerardo Ortiz
Debut No. 34 “Te La Pasas” Tito Torbellino XIII Featuring EP
Debut No. 35 “Lagrimas De Mi Madre” El Trono de Mexico
Debut No. 39 “En La Sierra y En La Ciudad…La China” Javier Rosas
Debut No. 40 “Aqui Estare” La Nobleza de Aguililla

Latin Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (10 weeks)*** “Loco” Enrique Iglesias Featuring Romeo Santos
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 24 “La Foto de Los Dos” Carlos Vives
Debut No. 28 “Chica Ideal” Chino & Nacho
Debut No. 35 “Chucucha” Ilegales
Debut No. 40 “Timber” Pitbull Featuring Ke$ha

Tropical Songs
*** No. 1 (8 weeks)*** “Propuesta Indecente” Romeo Santos
Greatest Gainer No. 7 “Cambio de Piel” Marc Anthony
Debut No. 34 “Tu Buena Energia” San-T
Debut No. 35 “Conmigo Te Vas” Grupo Mania
Debut No. 36 “With Or Without You” Johnny Sky

Christian Songs
*** No. 1 (10 weeks)*** “Overcomer” Mandisa
Mandisa’s “Overcomer” becomes the first song by a woman to crown Christian Songs for at least 10 weeks. It’s the 20th song in the chart’s 10-year history to log a reign of double-digit weeks; of the prior 19 such hits, 10 belong to solo men and nine to multi-member acts.

Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 28 “Shake” MercyMe
Debut No. 36 “Let Them See You” JJ Weeks Band

Gospel Songs
*** No. 1 (16 weeks)*** “Every Praise” Hezekiah Walker
Greatest Gainer No. 16 “Live Through It” James Fortune & FIYA
Debut No. 21 “Do It Again” Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Debut No. 22 “Our God” Micah Stampley