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Weekly Chart Notes: John Lennon, Taylor Swift, ‘Glee’

Capitol Records' celebration of what would've been John Lennon's 70th birthday Oct. 9 impacts the Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog Albums.

LENNON LEGEND: Capitol Records’ celebration of what would have been John Lennon‘s 70th birthday Oct. 9 brings the party to both the Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog Albums. Eight of Lennon’s classic solo albums were remastered and reissued last week (Oct. 5), while a new boxed set and two hits offerings made their debuts.

In the top 40 on the Billboard 200, the late Beatle’s new 15-song collection “Power to the People: The Hits” bows at No. 24, while his 1980 studio set “Double Fantasy” (with Yoko Ono) returns at No. 34. At No. 88, Lennon re-enters with “Imagine.” At No. 148, his “Signature Box” set, an 11-CD collection of remastered albums, rarities and non-album singles, debuts.

At No. 196, Lennon begins with the four-CD themed retrospective set “Gimme Some Truth.” Each of the four discs covers different aspects of his career: “Working Class Hero” (socio-political songs), “Woman” (love songs), “Borrowed Time” (lyrics about life) and “Roots” (rock roots and influences).

Lennon also continues to chart with the Starbucks-exclusive “Opus Collection,” at No. 66.

His “Double Fantasy” album – which boasts the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single “(Just Like) Starting Over” – perhaps received the most interesting redux treatment; it was expanded with an additional disc of stripped-down versions of the album’s original track list. “Double Fantasy” spent eight weeks at No. 1 in late 1980/early 1981.

With six charting titles this week on the Billboard 200, Lennon logs the most albums on the list since July 17, when Michael Jackson totaled seven. Only one other act this year – the Beatles – has tallied more. On the Jan. 2 chart, the Fab Four locked up nine titles. The next week, they upped their sum to 11.

On Top Pop Catalog Albums, Lennon owns the entire top three with “Double Fantasy,” “Opus Collection” and “Imagine” (marking the 17th time that an artist has monopolized rungs 1-3). Jackson, the Beatles and Johnny Cash have also previously managed the feat.

SWIFT’S SIX: As previously reported, with Taylor Swift‘s “Speak Now” debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, she breaks the record for most top 10 debuts in the chart’s 52-year history.

The title track from Swift’s third studio album, due Oct. 25, is her sixth single to enter the chart’s top tier. The total surpasses the five top 10 bows earned by Mariah Carey between 1995 and 1998.

Here is a look at the acts with the most top 10 Hot 100 debuts (including those with alter egos, i.e., Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana).

6, Taylor Swift (2008-2010)
5, Mariah Carey (1995-1998)
4, the Beatles (1968-1995)
4, Janet Jackson (1995-1998)
4, Kanye West (2008-2009)
4, Eminem (2009-2010)
4, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana (2009-2010)

‘ONE OF US’ AMONG SEVEN OF THEM: The “Glee” cast enters the Hot 100 at No. 36 with its version of the Beatles’ maiden No. 1, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The song had reached the survey only once before as a cover, by the Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Arthur Fiedler. The instrumental rose to No. 55 in 1964, six months after the original spent its first of seven weeks at No. 1.

Following the religion-focused episode “Grilled Cheesus, the “Glee” troupe arrives with seven new entries on the Hot 100, marking a one-week debut high for the ensemble. Just last week, the cast notched its previous best weekly debut haul when it launched six new entries from the series’ Britney Spears-inspired episode.

This week, in addition to “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the “Glee” cast bows on the Hot 100 with covers of Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” (No. 37), Billy Joel‘s “Only the Good Die Young” (No. 50), R.E.M.‘s “Losing My Religion” (No. 60), Barbra Streisand’s “Papa Can You Hear Me?” (No. 65), Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (No. 73) and Whitney Houston‘s “I Look to You” (No. 74).

The seven new “Glee” entries up the cast’s total of Hot 100 hits to 82. Only Elvis Presley (108) and James Brown (91) have more.

Billboard has previously noted that due to the availability of releases accompanying each new episode of “Glee,” a relatively small number of the cast’s recordings have spent more than one week on the list. Through this week’s (Oct. 23) ranking, the cast’s titles have totaled 107 cumulative chart weeks. 15 of its singles have spent at least two weeks on the chart. The act’s most recent multiple-week stay came courtesy of “Poker Face,” which spent four weeks on the list in June. Among all of the “Glee” cast’s Hot 100 hits, its longest-charting was its first: “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” (seven weeks).

While the “Glee” cast continues to up its total of Hot 100 visits, the act with the most total weeks on the chart remains Elton John, with 1,021 weeks earned by his 67 appearances. He’s followed by Presley (994), Lil Wayne (900), Jay-Z and Madonna (both with 890).

GUETTA’S GOOD ‘MEMORIES’: Dance king David Guetta lands his sixth hit on the Hot 100 as “Memories,” featuring Kid Cudi, bows at No. 94. The song is the fourth single from Guetta’s “One Love” album to chart on the Hot 100.

Here is a look at Guetta’s Hot 100 history, led by each song’s peak position:

No. 98, 2008, “Love Is Gone” (David Guetta & Chris Willis)
No. 76, 2009, “When Love Takes Over” (featuring Kelly Rowland)
No. 5, 2010, “Sexy Chick” (featuring Akon)
No. 31, 2010, “Gettin’ Over You” (David Guetta & Chris Willis featuring
Fergie & LMFAO)
No. 9, 2010, “Club Can’t Handle Me” (Flo Rida featuring David Guetta)
No. 94, 2010, “Memories” (featuring Kid Cudi)

“When Love Takes Over,” “Sexy Chick,” “Gettin’ Over You” and “Memories” all appear on “One Love.”

Notable about Guetta’s continuing chart success is that he’s not the first producer to receive an artist billing on a song on which he doesn’t sing. Guetta writes, produces and performs, but assigns vocal duties to guest acts.

Previously, non-singing stars from Quincy Jones to Oscar-winning composer/conductor John Williams have earned multiple chart hits without singing a note. Jones has notched 13 Hot 100 hits, Williams two.

Others claiming artist credit on the Hot 100 without providing vocals include Bill Conti (two hits, including the No. 1 “Gonna Fly Now” from “Rocky”) and Henry Mancini (15, including the No. 1 “Love Theme from ‘Romeo & Juliet'”).

NOT TWO BE FORGOTTEN: Thanks in part to the promotion of 69-cent songs in the iTunes Music Store last week, two late icons score top 10 songs after lengthy breaks, accomplishing their honors on Jazz Digital Songs.

Peggy Lee’s classic “Fever” rallies 37-6, marking the late singer’s first top 10 on any Billboard song chart since 1969, when “Is That All There Is” peaked at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Frank Sinatra‘s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” re-enters at No. 10, granting the Chairman of the (Bill)Board (charts) his first top 10 song in 30 years. “Theme From New York, New York” had marked Sinatra’s most recent top 10 (No. 10, Adult Contemporary, 1980).