Weekly Chart Notes: Whitney Houston, Madonna, and more
Weekly Chart Notes: Beyoncé, Robin Thicke, Paul McCartney (February, 3)
Beyoncé continues to tally hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs from her album "4," even if pop audiences don't seem to be equally enthralled. '4' = 0: While Beyoncé's album "4" has yet to notch a top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100, the set continues to rack hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
"Love on Top" ascends 13-9 on the latter list, securing Beyonce her third top 10 from "4" on the tally. Previously, "Best Thing I Never Had" rose to No. 4 and "Party" rocked to No. 2.
Dating to her first week in the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 the week of Nov. 16, 2002, with "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," Beyonce's 18 top 10s are the most among women. (Ciara places second with 12 top 10s in that span, followed by Keyshia Cole, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj, each with 11).
On the Hot 100, however, the No. 16 peak achieved by "Best Thing" marks the highest ranking that Beyonce has achieved with any title from "4."
While "Top" also reached the top 20 (No. 20), the set's lack of a Hot 100 top 10 contrasts with the output of Beyonce's prior set, "I Am Sasha...Fierce," which yielded four Hot 100 top 10s in 2008-09: "If I Were a Boy" (No. 3), "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (four weeks at No. 1), "Halo" (No. 5) and "Sweet Dreams" (No. 10).
How do the Hot 100 performances of the singles from "4" compare with previous sets of consecutive albums that logged drop-offs from at least four Hot 100 top 10s to none?
In 1985, the Pointer Sisters reached No. 11 with "Dare Me," the first single from their album "Contact." The peak marked a high point for any single from the set after 1983's "Break Out" had produced four top 10s.
More recently, T.I.'s "Paper Trail" generated four top 10s in 2008-09: "Whatever You Like" (seven weeks at No. 1); "Swagga Like Us," with Jay-Z and featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne; "Live Your Life," featuring Rihanna (six weeks at No. 1); and, "Dead and Gone," featuring Justin Timberlake (No. 2).
Among the three Hot 100 entries from T.I.'s 2010 follow-up "No Mercy," however, "That's All She Wrote," featuring Eminem, climbed as high as No. 18.
Other albums barren of Hot 100 top 10s after predecessor sets had yielded at least four each: Def Leppard's "Adrenalize," Wilson Phillips' "Shadows and Light" and Lionel Richie's "Back to Front" (all in 1992); Phil Collins' "Both Sides" (1993); and, Amy Grant's "House of Love" (1994).
With a pair of top 20 Hot 100 entries, however, as well as a pop culture profile that continues to be top-of-mind, aided, in part, by her marriage to Jay-Z, as well as the recent birth of daughter Blue Ivy (the youngest artist ever to appear on a Billboard chart), Beyonce continues to exude superstar power.
(She's also the subject of a college course: Rutgers University's "Politicizing Beyonce." "While other artists are simply releasing music, she's creating a grand narrative around her life, her career and her persona," says lecturer Kevin Allred).
If anything, Beyonce, without regret, seemed to foretell the possibility of taking a step back commercially upon releasing "4" - which nonetheless topped the Billboard 200 upon its debut in July - as the set spotlights her love of core R&B stylings.
"I have a lot of inspiration from '90s R&B," Beyonce told Billboard last year. "I wanted music, R&B or pop, or whatever you want to call it (on the album), because I feel like good music is good music.
"Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad (the album) is. I also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs and bring soul singing back."
ROCKIN' ROBIN: Robin Thicke registers his second No. 1 on the Adult R&B airplay chart, as "Love After War" rises 2-1. The balladeer previously led with "Lost Without You," which began its 15 week-reign exactly five years ago today (Feb. 3, 2007).
In between, Thicke peaked at No. 2 with three tracks in 2007-08: "Can U Believe," "Magic" and "The Sweetest Love."
"Love After War" serves as the title cut from Thicke's set that bowed at No. 6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in December. Thicke has reached the chart's top 10 with all four of his chart entries, dating to his 2007 three-week No. 1 "The Evolution of Robin Thicke."
'VALENTINE'S DAY: Paul McCartney celebrates more than 40 years of appearing on the Adult Contemporary survey as a solo act, as "My Valentine" debuts at No. 28.
Following the Beatles' 1970 breakup, McCartney first appeared as a soloist with "Another Day" the week of March 13, 1971, marking the first of his 38 chart visits (including billings with Wings).
McCartney has added seven AC entries as a member of the Fab Four, beginning with "Something" in 1969.
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*** No. 1 *** "Set Fire To The Rain" Adele
Just in case sweeping all six of the Grammy Award categories in which she was nominated last night wasn't enough, Adele adds another honor, scoring her second No. 1 on Billboard's airplay-based Pop Songs chart, as "Set Fire to the Rain" ascends 2-1 (and leads Adult Pop Songs for a second week). Radio's influence isn't lost on Adele, who last night thanked "programmers and broadcasters" for taking a chance on her soulful "Rolling in the Deep," her first Pop Songs No. 1 and the newly crowned Record of the Year.
Greatest Gainer No. 10 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson
Debut No. 36 "Turn Up The Music" Chris Brown
Debut No. 40 "Naked" Dev & Enrique Iglesias
*** No. 1 *** "Just A Kiss" Lady Antebellum
Greatest Gainer No. 6 "Set Fire To The Rain" Adele
Debut No. 29 "Drive By" Train
Adult Pop Songs
*** No. 1 *** "Set Fire To The Rain" Adele
Greatest Gainer No. 5 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson
Debut No. 36 "Watching You Watch Him" Eric Hutchinson
Debut No. 38 "Cough Syrup" Young The Giant
Debut No. 40 "Love Me Bad" James Durbin
Dance/Club Play Songs
*** No. 1 *** "Dance On" Blush
Greatest Gainer No. 2 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson
Hot Shot Debut No. 30 "Naked" Dev & Enrique Iglesias
Debut No. 44 "Falling" Lakotah
Debut No. 45 "I'm Free" Hayla
Debut No. 46 "Insomnia" L2
Debut No. 48 "Don't Throw It Away" Dominatorz & Bassmonkeys Featuring Amanda Wilson
*** No. 1 *** "The Motto" Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
Greatest Gainer No. 3 "Rack City" Tyga
Debut No. 24 "Ayy Ladies" Travis Porter Featuring Tyga
Debut No. 25 "SupaFreak" Young Jeezy Featuring 2 Chainz
*** No. 1 *** "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
Greatest Gainer No. 3 "Somebody That I Used To Know" Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Hot Shot Debut No. 45 "Look Around" Red Hot Chili Peppers
*** No. 1 *** "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
Greatest Gainer No. 2 "Somebody That I Used To Know" Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Debut No. 35 "Look Around" Red Hot Chili Peppers
Debut No. 40 "Fire Escape" Civil Twilight
*** No. 1 *** "All Your Life" The Band Perry
Greatest Gainer No. 24 "No Hurry" Zac Brown Band
Hot Shot Debut No. 55 "Hot Mess" Tyler Farr
Debut No. 57 "Drunk On You" Luke Bryan
Debut No. 59 "Mr. Know It All" Kelly Clarkson
Debut No. 60 "Goodbyes Made You Mine" JT Hodges
*** No. 1 *** "Lovumba (Prestige)" Daddy Yankee
Greatest Gainer No. 7 "Mi Santa" Romeo Santos Featuring Tomatito
Hot Shot Debut No. 29 "Si Te Digo La Verdad" Gocho
Debut No. 42 "Ya Me Canse" Larry Hernandez
Debut No. 50 "Un Hombre Normal" Espinoza Paz
Regional Mexican Songs
*** No. 1 *** "Llamada De Mi Ex" La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho
Greatest Gainer No. 2 "Intentalo" 3BallMTY Featuring El Bebeto y America Sierra
Debut No. 37 "Sentimientos Encontrados" El Trono de Mexico
Latin Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Lovumba (Prestige)" Daddy Yankee
Greatest Gainer/Debut No. 29 "Claridad" Luis Fonsi
Debut No. 31 "Si Te Digo La Verdad" Gocho
Debut No. 37 "Turn Me On" David Guetta Featuring Nicki Minaj
Debut No. 38 "Perdoname" La Republika
Debut No. 40 "Titanium" David Guetta Featuring Sia
Greatest Gainer/*** No. 1 *** "Mi Santa" Romeo Santos Featuring Tomatito
Debut No. 22 "El Reto" Luis Enrique
Debut No. 29 "Ya No" Vena
Debut No. 31 "La Novia Nueva" Plenealo
Debut No. 36 "Ahora Soy Yo" Eddy Herrera
Debut No. 38 "Princesa Mia" Jalil Lopez
Debut No. 40 "En El Ojo Del Huracan" Ismael Miranda
*** No. 1 *** "My Hope Is In You" Aaron Shust
Greatest Gainer No. 19 "All This Time" Britt Nicole
Hot Shot Debut No. 48 "Ships In The Night" Mat Kearney
*** No. 1 *** "Still Able" James Fortune & FIYA
Greatest Gainer No. 11 "My Testimony" Marvin Sapp
Debut No. 30 "Open Up The Door" Kim Burrell
Weekly Chart Notes: Whitney Houston, Madonna, Katy Perry
MUCH 'LOVE' (AND 'LUV'): Just as they did during the '80s and '90s, Whitney Houston and Madonna again share space in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10.
With late legend Houston's "I Will Always Love You" returning to the tally at No. 7 and Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., rising 13-10, Houston and Madonna concurrently rank in the top 10 for the first time in more than 16 years.
The pair last charted in the top tier together the week of Jan. 27, 1996, when Houston's former No. 1 "Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)" held at No. 2 (for the ninth of its 11 frames at the runner-up spot after its lone week at the summit) and Madonna's "You'll See" rebounded 10-8 after peaking at No. 6.
Over their iconic careers, the twosome held court in the top 10 together with multiple sets of prior hits.
In fact, the week of Houston's first top 10 appearance - July 6, 1985 - when "You Give Good Love" rose 13-7, Madonna ranked at No. 10 with "Angel" (5-10). In a harbinger of their future pop culture impact, the then-budding superstars were the only solo women in the top 10 that frame, although Eurythmics' "Would I Lie to You?" (No. 6) and 'til Tuesday's "Voices Carry" (No. 9) each featured female lead singers (Annie Lennox and Aimee Mann, respectively).
Coincidentally, in both their first week in the top 10 together and their latest, Houston placed at No. 7 and Madonna, No. 10.
POWER OF TWO: Two additional Hot 100 chart weeks serve as an even shinier reflection of the divas' dominance when their singles releases were automatic, surefire hits.
On the May 24 and 31, 1986, chart weeks, Houston's "Greatest Love of All" and Madonna's "Live to Tell" ranked at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. The frames mark the only weeks that the pair claimed the Hot 100's top two spots.
(Houston graciously stepped aside the following week (June 7), as "Love" dipped to No. 3 and "Tell" took over at No. 1).
That "Love ranks on this week's Hot 100, re-entering at No. 41, clearly reinforces the timelessness of the song - and Houston's everlasting appeal.
'LIKE' NEW: There's more luvin' for Her Madgesty this week, as her classic "Like a Prayer" enters Digital Songs at No. 38. After she performed it as part of her Super Bowl halftime extravaganza Feb. 5, it surges by 172% to 49,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The track debuted on the Hot 100 - also at No. 38 - the week of March 11, 1989. It went on to become the seventh of Madonna's 12 No. 1s five weeks later.
MORE MATERIAL: The "Glee" casts augments Madonna's momentous week, as it returns her "La Isla Bonita" - the new version features Ricky Martin - to the Hot 100 at No. 99. The original rose to No. 4 25 years ago.
While the pairing of Martin with a Madonna-written track marks their first Hot 100 collaboration, it's not their first musical alliance. The artists teamed on the ballad "Be Careful," an album cut on Martin's breakthrough eponymous 1999 album. Madonna wrote the track with William Orbit, who had worked her with on her 1998 album "Ray of Light."
The "Glee" cast also bows at No. 81 on the Hot 100 with its cover of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It," also featuring Martin. The song marks the troupe's 58th charted remake of a former No. 1.
THREE'S COMPANY: Adele sports a post-Grammy Awards glow, as she places three titles in the Digital Songs top 10. "Set Fire to the Rain" slips 2-4 (although with a 14% gain in sales), "Someone Like You" rebounds 23-9 and "Rolling in the Deep," which she performed at the event Sunday (Feb. 12) and which won coveted record and song of the year honors, blasts 39-10. All three songs previously topped the tally.
Adele is the first artist to place as many as three titles as a lead artist in the Digital Songs chart's top 10 simultaneously since Michael Jackson did so following his death in June 2009. The week of July 11, 2009, the King of Pop owned a record six titles in the region:
No. 2, "Thriller"
No. 3, "Man in the Mirror"
No. 4, "Billie Jean"
No. 6, "The Way You Make Me Feel"
No. 7, "Beat It"
No. 9, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
WHITNEY HELPED KELLY HOLD OFF KATY: Katy Perry's "Part of Me" just misses this week's Hot 100, debuting atop the chart's Bubbling Under survey. With "Part," the first single from Perry's "Teenage Dream" reissue, "The Complete Confection," projected to sell north of 400,000 downloads by the end of the current tracking period, the song is in line up for a possible No. 1 bow on next week's Hot 100.
Had three of Houston's songs not re-entered this week's chart, as astute billboard.com reader kwall91 commented, "Part" would've debuted at No. 98 based on early sales and its first two days airplay (15 million audience impressions on 160 stations, according to Nielsen BDS). Or, had only one or two Houston titles re-entered, "Part" would've started at No. 99 or 100.
Why is that significant?
Had the song begun at either Nos. 98, 99 or 100 - and if it vaults to No. 1 next week - it would've passed Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" for the largest leap to the Hot 100 pinnacle. "Suck" soared 97-1 the week of Feb. 7, 2009.
Instead, Perry may have to "settle" for a No. 1 bow. If "Part" does debut at No. 1, it will mark only the 20th title launch atop the Hot 100 and the first since Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" bowed at No. 1 - as the chart's 1,000th leader all-time - the week of Feb. 26, 2011.