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Weekly Chart Notes: ‘Glee,’ Kenny Chesney, Phil Collins

After Britney Spears fueled (and appeared in) the "Glee" cast's fantasies, the TV ensemble has rewritten Billboard Hot 100 history.

LIMA LEAPFROGS LIVERPOOL: As previously reported, the “Glee” cast swells its total to 75 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, passing the Beatles for most visits to the survey among non-solo acts.

The ensemble that portrays the show choir at Lima, Ohio’s McKinley High trails only Elvis Presley (108) and James Brown (91) for most appearances in the Hot 100’s 52-year history.

The cast bests the Fab Four’s sum thanks to five Britney Spears remakes and a cover of Paramore‘s “The Only Exception.”

With Paramore’s original recording of the ballad bulleting at No. 25 and the “Glee” cast’s version arriving at No. 26, the composition becomes the latest to rank back-to-back by different artists ( “Ask Billboard,” Sept. 17).

Here is a comparison of the Hot 100 performances of this week’s six debuting “Glee”-makes and their previous peaks:

No. 9, Britney Spears, 2004
No. 16, Glee Cast, 2010

The song ties “Total Eclipse of the Heart” as the troupe’s second-highest-charting Hot 100 hit. Only its signature take on Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” placed higher (No. 4).

“The Only Exception”
No. 24, Paramore, 2010
No. 26, Glee Cast, 2010

21 of the “Glee” cast’s 75 Hot 100 entries have reached the top 40. Even though Spears was last week’s high-profile guest on the series, the show’s characters have banked more top 40 hits than the superstar, who’s tallied 17 top 40 titles since her arrival in 1999.

“I’m a Slave 4 U”
No. 27, Britney Spears, 2001
No. 52, Glee Cast, 2010

No. 11, Britney Spears, 2001
No. 53, Glee Cast, 2010

“Baby One More Time”
No. 1 (two weeks), Britney Spears, 1999
No. 54, Glee Cast, 2010

The bow marks the 24th remake of a Hot 100 No. 1 that the “Glee” cast has returned to the chart.

“Me Against the Music”

No. 35, Britney Spears featuring Madonna, 2003
No. 56, Glee Cast, 2010

The track is the fifth “Glee” reinvention of a Madonna song to impact the Hot 100. Only one other act, also with a TV background, has sent a cover of a Material Girl song onto the chart: Kelly Osbourne reached No. 74 with “Papa Don’t Preach” in 2002.

BIG ‘WHISKEY’: As reported yesterday (Oct. 6), Kenny Chesney notches his sixth Billboard 200 No. 1, as “Hemingway’s Whiskey” starts at the summit.

With the country titan capping Country Songs for a second week with “The Boys of Fall,” Chesney becomes the first artist to top both charts simultaneously since Carrie Underwood ruled the Billboard 200 with “Play On” and Country Songs with “Cowboy Casanova” the week of Nov. 21, 2009.

11 artists have so doubly dominated since the Billboard 200 adopted Nielsen SoundScan data May 25, 1991, beginning with Garth Brooks, who led the Billboard 200 with “Ropin’ the Wind” and Country Songs with “Shameless” for two weeks in November 1991. Since, Billy Ray Cyrus, John Michael Montgomery, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Taylor Swift have also managed the feat.

With six Billboard 200 leaders, Chesney enters a tie for third-most No. 1s in the chart’s SoundScan-era archives:

11, Jay-Z
8, Garth Brooks
6, Kenny Chesney
6, Eminem
6, R. Kelly
MOTOWN PHIL-Y: In the year in which Motown Records celebrates its 50th anniversary, Phil Collins pays tribute to the label’s legendary sound with “Going Back.” The covers album opens on the Billboard 200 at No. 34, marking Collins’ first appearance on the chart since 2004.

The set concurrently enters R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 11. It’s not Collins’ first appearance on the genre survey: his Billboard 200 No. 1 “No Jacket Required” peaked at No. 26 in 1985. Two cuts from that album charted on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – “One More Night” (No. 80) and “Sussudio” (No. 8) – after Philip Bailey’s “Easy Lover,” featuring Collins, had risen to No. 3.

Despite his storied rock background, including his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year with Genesis, Collins has followed his Motown muse before. He scaled the Hot 100 with his cover of the Supremes‘ “You Can’t Hurry Love” (No. 10, 1983) and his Lamont Dozier co-write “Two Hearts (No. 1, 1989).

Elton John and Leon Russell bow on the Triple A adult alternative radio airplay chart at No. 29 with “If It Wasn’t for Bad.”

The debut marks Russell’s first appearance on a Billboard ranking since “No Man’s Land” spent a week at No. 47 on Mainstream Rock the week of May 16, 1992. John has charted once before on Triple A, as a guest on Collective Soul’s No. 10-peaking “Perfect Day” in 2001.

Both artists drew their first chart ink – on the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 – in 1970. John and his longtime musical idol release the duets album “The Union” Oct. 19.

‘WORLD’ MUSIC: Last month, Steven Lee and Gaby Dershin reached No. 41 on Dance/Club Play Songs with a reworking of Asia‘s 1982 No. 4 Hot 100 smash “Heat of the Moment,” featuring newly-recorded vocals by the rock band’s John Wetton. This week, Lee brings another ’80s favorite back to the chart.

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” credited to Steven Lee & Granite featuring Zander Bleck, begins at No. 47. Tears for Fears‘ original spent two weeks at No. 1 on the list, and on the Hot 100, in 1985.

“As a DJ, spinning a revision of a classic tune can stand out and have a way of organically growing into a hit,” Lee tells Chart Beat.

“Those opening keys (of ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’) are infectious to just about any ear. I knew that, if done properly, it would work on a dance floor.

“The idea came about while I was walking through an airport. I called Larry Granite to play with the concept. From there, I contacted Zander Bleck, who was working hard to get his voice noticed, and within a few days we had finished the cover.

“(Bleck) has since signed with Interscope Records, and I can only hope that this record had something to do with it.”

CHART BEAT BITS: The Doobie Brothers score their highest rank on the Billboard 200 since 1989, as “World Gone Crazy” debuts at No. 39. The set is the group’s 12th top 40 album dating to its first, “Toulouse Street,” in 1972. New at No. 73 with “No Chocolate Cake,” Gin Blossoms enjoy their best placement since “Congratulations I’m Sorry” peaked at No. 10 in 1996 …

Rihanna scores her 16th top 10 on Pop Songs, as “Only Girl (In the World)” jumps 13-10. The rise lifts her to within one of Mariah Carey‘s format record for most top 10s (17) since the chart launched in 1992. Rihanna logs her fastest climb to the top 10 – four weeks – as a lead artist since her debut hit, “Pon De Replay,” likewise reached the top tier in four frames in 2005 …

Kings Of Leon collect their fourth No. 1 on Alternative Songs, as “Radioactive” roars 4-1 in its fourth week, marking the band’s fastest coronation. On Rock Songs, the lead track from “Come Around Sundown,” due Oct. 19, bounds 7-3 as the chart’s Greatest Gainer …

The top movie in the U.S. last weekend yields the No. 1 title on the Soundtracks chart, as Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score to “The Social Network” arrives at the apex (and No. 20 on the Billboard 200). The album marks Reznor’s first Billboard chart credit apart from Nine Inch Nails …

Following his passing at age 44, Greg Giraldo re-enters Comedy Albums at No. 2 with “Midlife Vices.” The set had peaked at No. 8 upon its arrival last year. Fellow comedians have paid tribute to Giraldo, a staple of Comedy Central’s annual celebrity roasts. “It seems God wants to hear great comedy up in heaven so he’s taken Robert Schimmel and now Greg Giraldo,” Tweeted Carlos Mencia. “Make god laff guys we will miss you.”