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Weekly Chart Notes: John Lennon, Taylor Swift, 'Glee,' David Guetta

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Weekly Chart Notes: John Lennon, Taylor Swift, 'Glee,' David Guetta

by Gary Trust | Ekim 14, 2010 7:36 EDT LENNON LEGEND: Capitol Records' celebration of what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday on Oct. 9 brings the party to both the Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog Albums this week. 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 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, he re-enters with "Imagine," while at No. 148 his "Signature Box" set debuts (it's an 11-CD collection of remastered albums, rarities and non-album singles). Finally, at No. 196, he bows with the four-CD themed retrospective set "Gimme Some Truth." Each of the four discs takes a look at different aspects of Lennon's career: Working Class Hero (his socio-political songs), Woman (love songs), Borrowed Time (songs about life) and Roots (rock n' roll roots and influences). Lennon also continues to chart with the Starbucks-exclusive set "Opus Collection," at No. 66. His "Double Fantasy" album -- which boasts the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single "(Just Like) Starting Over" -- probably got the most interesting redux treatment, as it was expanded with an additional disc of "stripped down" versions of the album's original track list. "Double" spent eight weeks at No. 1 in late 1980 and early 1981. With six charting titles this week on the Billboard 200, it marks the first time an act has had as many concurrent albums on the list since the July 17 tally, when Michael Jackson had seven. Only one other act this year -- the Beatles -- has had more. On Jan. 2, the Fab Four locked up nine titles, and the next week, they upped it to 11. On Top Pop Catalog this week, Lennon owns the entire top three with "Double," "Opus" and "Imagine," marking the 17th time that one artist has monopolized rungs 1, 2 and 3. Jackson, the Beatles and Johnny Cash have also SWIFT'S SIX: As reported earlier today (Oct. 14), with Taylor Swift's latest single "Speak Now" debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, she breaks the record for the most debuts in the top 10 in the 52-year history of chart. "Speak," the title track from her third studio album, due Oct. 25, is her sixth single to enter the chart's top tier. That total surpasses the five top 10 bows earned by Mariah Carey from 1995-1998. Here's a look at the acts with the most top 10 debuts (including those with alter egos -- we're looking at you Miley). ALL TOGETHER NOW: The "Glee" cast enters the Billboard 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. The "Glee" Cast arrives with a total of seven new entries on the Hot 100 this week, marking a one-week debut high for the ensemble. Just a week ago, the cast notched their previous best one-week debut haul when they launched six debuts on the tally from their Britney Spears-inspired episode. This week, in addition to "I Want To Hold Your Hand," the kids from "Glee" enter with "One Of Us" (No. 37), "Only the Good Die Young" (No. 50), "Losing My Religion" (No. 60), "Papa Can You Hear Me?" (No. 65), "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (No. 73) and "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. We've previously noted that due to the availability of new 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 the Oct. 23 ranking, the cast's titles have totaled 107 cumulative chart weeks. Only 15 of their singles have spent at least two weeks on the list. Their most recent multiple-week stay was with "Poker Face," which spent four weeks on the list in June. Among all of their hits, their longest-charting was their first: "Don't Stop Believin'" (with a seven-week run). To compare, while the "Glee" cast continues to up their total of chart hits, they are a long way from approaching any "most weeks on chart" feat. The act with the most total weeks on the chart is Elton John, with 1,021 weeks earned by his 67 hits. He's followed by Elvis Presley (994), Lil Wayne (900), Jay-Z and Madonna (both with 890). GUETTA FABULOUS: Dance king David Guetta lands his sixth hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as "Memories" (featuring Kid Cudi) bows at No. 94. It's the fourth single from Guetta's "One Love" album to chart. No. 98, 2008, "Love Is Gone" (David Guetta & Chris Willis) No. 76, 2009, "When Love Takes Over" (featuring Kelly Rowland) No. 31, 2010, "Gettin' Over You" (David Guetta & Chris Willis featuring No. 9, 2010, "Club Can't Handle Me" (Flo Rida featuring David Guetta) "When Love," "Sexy," Gettin'" and "Memories" are all from the "One Love" set. What's notable about Guetta's continuing chart success is that he's not the first producer to receive an artist billing on a song they don't sing. Guetta writes, produces and performs the music, but vocal duties are In the past, we've seen everyone from Quincy Jones to Oscar-winning composer/conductor John Williams earn multiple chart hits without singing a note. Jones has notched 13 Hot 100 hits (often with the help of some famous singing friends) while Williams has two. Other non-singing composer/conductor or producers with artist credit in the past include Bill Conti (two hits, including the No. 1 "Gonna Fly Now" from "Rocky") and Henry Mancini (15 hits, including the No. 1 "Love Theme from 'Romeo & Juliet'"). CHART 'FEVER': Thanks in part to the promotion of 69-cent songs in the iTunes Music Store last week, a number of veteran acts find themselves with top 10 singles for the first time in ages. On Jazz Digital Songs (viewable at Peggy Lee's classic "Fever" rallies 37-6, marking the late singer's first top 10 on any Billboard singles chart since 1969, when "Is That All There Is" peaked at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Elsewhere on the Jazz Digital Songs chart, Frank Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin" re-enters at No. 10, the Chairman's first top 10 single on a Billboard tally in 30 years. "Theme From New York, New York" had previously been his most recent top 10, when it hit No. 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1980....

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