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Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey’s Hot 100 Mark

With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey

Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on “American Idol”: Nicki Minaj has tied Mariah Carey’s total of 44 Billboard Hot 100 hits.

“High School,” from Minaj’s box set “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up,” starts at No. 83. The song’s start is fueled by a No. 42 bow on Streaming Songs (1.3 million streams, according to Nielsen BDS) following its video premiere on April 2.

Now with 44 charted titles apiece, here’s a look at how Carey and Minaj rank among the women with the most appearances in the Hot 100’s 54-year history:

73, Aretha Franklin
58, Taylor Swift
56, Madonna
56, Dionne Warwick
53, Connie Francs
48, Brenda Lee
44, Mariah Carey
44, Nicki Minaj
41, Rihanna
41, Barbra Streisand
40, Mary J. Blige
40, Diana Ross
39, Whitney Houston
39, Janet Jackson

The cast of Fox’s “Glee” leads all acts with 206 Hot 100 hits. As Lil Wayne is featured on “High School,” he ups his total to a still-second-best 115. Elvis Presley (whose career predates the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, launch) ranks third with 108.

While Carey and Minaj now share seventh-place among women with the most Hot 100 visits, Carey boasts the most No. 1s (18) among all solo acts. (Among all artists, only the Beatles (20) tallied more toppers.) She also claims 27 top 10s, placing her in a tie for fifth-place among all acts, a category led by Madonna’s 38. Minaj has yet to rise higher than No. 3, having collected nine top 10s since her maiden Hot 100 entry in 2010. Also notably, 42 of Carey’s 44 Hot 100 hits showcase her as a lead act. Only 17 of Minaj’s do (partially a reflection of rappers often making chart visits in collaborative featured roles).

Following the stars’ apparent shouting match during the season’s audition rounds, however, their relationship now seems confined to ignoring each other while on-screen. Minaj did appear to acknowledge Carey on Wednesday night (April 10) … by chuckling when a Carey critique of since-ousted contestant Lazaro Arbos went on noticeably long.

Still, just three years ago, Carey and Minaj shared billing on the latter’s second Hot 100 hit, “Up Out My Face,” which spent a week at No. 100.

“If you see me walking by you,” Carey sings in the track, “don’t you even speak …”

HIGH FIVE: As previously reported, with Bruno Mars climbing 2-1 on the Hot 100 with “When I Was Your Man,” he collects his first five No. 1s faster than any male soloist except for Elvis Presley.

Here’s a recap of how quickly each of the 13 men with at least five leaders have reached the milestone, dating from the week of their first Hot 100 appearance to the week that they tallied their fifth No. 1. (Among all acts, the Beatles blasted to five No. 1s the fastest, needing just six months and two weeks between the debut of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and the coronation of “A Hard Day’s Night” in 1964. Among women, Mariah Carey (one year, four months, one week) has reached the sum the fastest.)

Span To First Five No. 1s, Artist (Years); Total No. 1s
2 years, 7 months, 3 weeks, Elvis Presley (1958-61); 7
3 years, 2 months, 1 week, Bruno Mars (2010-13); 5
3 years, 5 months, 1 week, George Michael (1984-88); 8
4 years, 5 months, 1 week, Lionel Richie (1981-85); 5
5 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, Elton John (1970-75); 9
5 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, Paul McCartney (1971-76); 9
6 years, 10 months, Diddy (1996-2003); 5
7 years, 7 months, Phil Collins (1981-88); 7
9 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, Ludacris (2000-10); 5
9 years, 8 months, 3 weeks, Usher (1994-2004); 9
12 years, 6 months, Michael Jackson (1971-83); 13
13 years, Prince (1978-91); 5
13 years, 7 months, Stevie Wonder (1963-77); 10

The feat doesn’t mark the first occurrence of Mars and Presley being linked: the former was a fairly well-known Elvis impersonator at just four years old.

“I like his singing and his dance and his lips,” a four-year-old Mars beamed in the 1990 U.K. documentary “Viva Elvis” when asked what he liked about Presley.

‘MAN’ UP: With “When I Was Your Man” topping the Hot 100, Bruno Mars posts the 12th single featuring the word “man” to crown the chart (excluding titles that incorporate the word, like “Please Mr. Postman” or “Maneater”).

Here’s a look at all the leading men – er, “man”s – in the chart’s archives:

1961, “Travelin’ Man, Ricky Nelson
1963, “Walk Like a Man,” the 4 Seasons
1965, “Mr. Tambourine Man,” the Byrds
1966, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Percy Sledge
1972, “The Candy Man,” Sammy Davis, Jr. With the Mike Curb Congregation
1975, “Listen to What the Man Said,” Wings
1977, “I’m Your Boogie Man,” KC and the Sunshine Band
1985, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion),” John Parr
1988, “Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson
1991, “All the Man That I Need,” Whitney Houston
1991, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Michael Bolton
2013, “When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars

Just seven songs sporting the word “woman” have led the Hot 100, from Roy Orbison and the Candy Men’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” in 1964 through Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” in 1995. (Honorable mention to Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” in 2008.)

BROTHERLY LOVE: After tallying 16 Hot 100 hits on Hollywood Records in 2007-09, sibling trio the Jonas Brothers return on their own label, as “Pom Poms” starts at No. 60. The track begins at No. 23 on Digital Songs with 74,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Jonas Brothers Live! summer tour begins on July 10 in Chicago.

BACK HOME AGAIN: “The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver” bows at No. 2 on Compilation Albums, No. 3 on Folk Albums, No. 10 on Top Rock Albums and No. 37 on the Billboard 200. The set celebrates 16 beloved Denver compositions, including two of his four Hot 100 No. 1s, both from 1974: “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” as covered by Train, and “Annie’s Song,” remade (in a refreshing bouncy folk version) by Brett Dennen & Milow.

Denver also wrote Peter, Paul & Mary’s 1969 No. 1 “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” which My Morning Jacket recorded for the new set.

Denver was a regular pop and country chart presence in the ’70s. He died when the plane he was piloting crashed on Oct. 12, 1997.

“I always think of (Denver’s classics) as simple, pure, beautiful music,” Dennen says. “(It’s) just perfect music.”