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A VERY SHE & HIM ‘CHRISTMAS’: Justin Bieber celebrates the holiday season by scoring his first top 10s on a Billboard airplay chart, as two tracks from his holiday album “Under the Mistletoe” soar on Adult Contemporary.
Bieber’s update of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” with Mariah Carey, dashes 11-4 and “Mistletoe” jingles 15-5. With the jump for “Want,” the Island Def Jam labelmates outperform Carey’s original version of the modern classic carol, which peaked at No. 6 the week of Jan. 7, 1995.
Among Billboard’s airplay tallies, Bieber had previously peaked as high as No. 11 with “Baby” on the Rhythmic chart last year.
Carey, meanwhile, sends her first holiday title onto R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as “When Christmas Comes,” with John Legend, debuts at No. 79. Carey first recorded the song (her 53rd entry on the ranking) solo on last year’s “Merry Christmas II You.”
FINALLY, ‘BEGINNING’: Sixty years after Meredith Wilson wrote the holiday standard, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” reaches the Hot 100 for the first time, as Michael Buble‘s version, from his Billboard 200-leading album “Christmas,” debuts at No. 96.
Bing Crosby’s renowned 1951 and Johnny Mathis’ 1986 versions rank back-to-back (Nos. 27 and 28) on the Holiday Songs chart.
On Adult Contemporary, Buble’s ballad version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reigns for a second week as the chart’s Greatest Gainer. With his interpretations of “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” (9-3) and “Beginning” (12-7) in the top 10, Buble is the first artist with a trio of concurrent top 10s since fellow Canadian Sarah McLachlan likewise placed three holiday hits in the top tier five years ago.
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With a debut at No. 57, Eli Young Band’s cover of “Wonderful Christmastime” marks Paul McCartney‘s first appearance as a songwriter on Hot Country Songs since Rascal Flatts‘ remake of the Beatles’ “Revolution” reached the same rank in 2007.
Beatles songs have a fab history on the survey, where Johnny Rodriguez’s version of “Something” (No. 6, 1974), Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s take on “I Feel Fine” (No. 9, 1989) and Rosanne Cash’s cover of “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” (No. 1, 1989) have reached the top 10.
2000, “Be With You”
2004, “Not in Love,” featuring Kelis
2009, “Away,” featuring Sean Garrett
2010, “I Like It,” featuring Pitbull
2011, “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E
2011, “Dirty Dancer,” with Usher featuring Lil Wayne
2011, “I Like How It Feels,” featuring Pitbull and the WAV.s
“I am such a big fan of both Prince and Jackson and to be included in this elite group of artists is such an honor,” Iglesias told Billboard earlier this year upon passing the icons for most No. 1s by a male soloist. “I’ve been reading Billboard since I was a child and I’m very proud to be part of music history.”
Among all artists in the chart’s archives, Madonna leads with 40 No. 1s.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield, Billboard associate director of charts/retail, and Karinah Santiago, Billboard R&B/hip-hop/Latin charts manager.