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Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Sherwood Schwartz

With a title like "Rolling in the Deep," Adele's multi-format smash is, fittingly, the most widely crossed over song of the past 25 years.

‘ROLLING’ THUNDER: “Deep” has depth.

With a title like “Rolling in the Deep,”
’21’ = 20, ‘4’ = 1: The dominance of “Rolling in the Deep” has helped Adele’s parent album “21” remain in the top three of the Billboard 200 for all 20 of its chart weeks to-date.

Dating to the adoption of SoundScan data on the Billboard 200 the week of May 25, 1991, “21” has logged the fourth-most consecutive weeks in the top three from its chart start.

No album had achieved the feat in more than a decade:

Weeks in Top Three From Debut, Title, Artist, Year(s)
29, “Ropin’ the Wind,” Garth Brooks, 1991-92
28, “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, Whitney Houston, 1992-93
22, “Let’s Talk About Love,” Celine Dion, 1997-98
20, “21,” Adele, 2011
19, “Millennium,” Backstreet Boys, 1999


“21” ranks at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, as Beyonce‘s “4” reigns for a second frame. The latter set is the first of Beyonce’s four leaders to log multiple weeks at the summit, as “Dangerously in Love” (2003), “B’Day” (2006) and “I Am…Sasha Fierce” (2008) each tallied one week at No. 1.

Chart Beat reader Larry Cohen of Trumbull, Conn., adds that “4” is the first single-character title to lead the Billboard 200 since Omarion’s “O” the week of March 12, 2005.

The only other such succinct successes? The Beatles‘ “1” (eight weeks at No. 1, 2000-01) and Foreigner’s “4” (10 weeks, 1981).

PERFECT 10: Jennifer Lopez becomes the 11th artist in the almost 35-year history of Dance/Club Play Songs to total at least 10 No. 1s, as “I’m Into You,” featuring Lil Wayne (2-1), becomes her 10th topper (and seventh in a row).

Lopez first reigned with “Waiting for Tonight” the week of Oct. 30, 1999, and had last led in April with “On the Floor,” featuring Pitbull.

Here is a look at the artists with the most leaders since Dance/Club Play Songs launched as a national survey the week of Aug. 28, 1976:

Total No. 1, Artist, No. 1 Span
40, Madonna, 1983-2009
19, Janet Jackson, 1986-2010
16, Kristine W, 1994-2011
15, Beyonce, 2003-11
15, Mariah Carey, 1991-2009
14, Rihanna, 2005-10
14, Donna Summer, 1976-2010
13, Whitney Houston, 1987-2009
10, Deborah Cox, 1996-2009
10, Jennifer Lopez, 1999-2011
10, Pet Shop Boys, 1986-2009

A VERY BRADY LEGEND, REMEMBERED: Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch” passed away Tuesday (July 12) at 94.

Schwartz wasn’t just a beloved TV titan. His music also impacted Billboard charts. “Meet the Brady Bunch” reached No. 108 on the Billboard 200 in 1972, while the soundtrack to “The Brady Bunch Movie” peaked at No. 137 in 1995. The latter set includes the series’ famed theme song, which Schwartz wrote.

Schwartz likewise wrote the “Gilligan’s Island” theme, which, as sampled by Big Tymers, transformed into an unlikely No. 4 hit, “Still Fly,” on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 2002.

Just as unlikely? Little Roger and the Goosebumps’ 1978 novelty single “Stairway to Gilligan’s Island,” a mashup of the show’s theme and Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Although the parody never reached a Billboard chart, in 2007 Robert Plant referred to the kitschy remake as his “all-time favorite Led Zep cover version.”