Katy Perry's "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg) enters the Hot 100 at #2, just one week after Eminem's "Not Afraid" debuted at #1. Next week, Miley Cyrus' "Can't Be Tamed" is expected to open in the top five. This flurry of high debuts puts a spotlight on the phenomenon of songs that get off to fast starts. In some years, it's common for songs to debut in the top 10. In other years, no songs started out in the top 40. So, the best way to look at top debuts is year-by-year. It's a fair comparison, whether the debuts in a particular year were high or low.
Elvis Presley and the Beatles each had the year's highest-debuting song five times, more than any other artist. Presley had the top-debuting song of 1956 ("Love Me Tender"), 1957 ("Jailhouse Rock"), 1959 ("I Need Your Love Tonight"), 1960 ("Are You Lonesome To-night?") and 1961 ("Surrender").Read More »from Chart Watch Extra: Out-Of-The-Box Smashes