Louis Armstrong had hits spanning nearly 62 years. His first, "Muskrat Ramble," was popular in 1926, before the advent of definitiveweekly charts. Satchmo's last was "What A Wonderful World" in 1988. The song, which Armstrong recorded in 1967, became a top 40 hit after it was featured in the Robin Williams movie Good Morning, Vietnam.
(But Bennett has an advantage over Armstrong: He has lived to enjoy this late-career success. Armstrong died in 1971, at age 69.)Stevie Wonder covered the song the following year and had a smash hit with it.) Billboard's Gary Trust reports that this nearly 44-year gap between Hot 100 hits is the second longest in the history of the Hot 100. Only the Chipmunks went longer (45 years) between chart hits. Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart." Bennett's highest-charting hit of the 1960s was "I Wanna Be Around," which reached #14 in 1963. (His signature song, the elegant "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," peaked at #19 in 1962.)
"Body And Soul" marks Winehouse's first appearance on the Hot 100 since her death on July 23. It's her third Hot 100 hit, following "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good."
"Body And Soul" debuts at #40 in the U.K. It's Bennett's first U.K. chart hit since "The Very Thought Of You" in late 1965 and early 1966.
"Body And Soul" was already an oldie when Bennett began his career. Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra introduced the song in 1930. The song has been recorded by many musical giants, including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Art Tatum and Billie Holiday. In his reference book Pop Memories 1890-1954, chart researcher Joel Whitburn includes a list of the 100 most recorded songs of that 65-year period. "Body And Soul" ranks fourth, behind "Silent Night," "St. Louis Blues" and "Star Dust."
Remarkably, "Body And Soul" isn't the oldest song on this week's Hot 100. "Police Dog Blues," recorded by actor Hugh Laurie, was introduced by Blind Blake in 1929. Laurie's record drops from #58 to #74 in its second week.Lil Wayne set a new record for the most simultaneous Hot 100 hits by a solo artist (12). Since the Hot 100 dates to 1958, this sounds like a really big deal. It's a noteworthy achievement, but it's not as big a deal as it seems. Let me explain. David Cook and Taylor Swift. Cook placed 11 songs on the Hot 100 the week of June 7, 2008, in the wake of his victory on American Idol. Swift put 11 songs on the chart the week of Nov. 13, 2010, the week her album Speak Now debuted at #1. the Beatles, which had 14 songs on the chart the week of April 11, 1964. The Beatles didn't just do it because they had a new album out or were that season's winner on a hit TV show. The Beatles created a level of excitement in pop culture that was virtually unprecedented.
The very fact that three of the four biggest chart sweeps by any artist or group in the 53-year history of the Hot 100 have occurred in the past 3-1/2 years suggests that it's too easy to get on the chart nowadays.
By contrast, only three of the Beatles' 14 charted songs dropped off the Hot 100 the week following their sweep. (And another Beatles song debuted that week, bringing their "week-after" total to 12.)
Bottom line: Lil Wayne had 12 songs on the chart simultaneously simply because he's a big star who released a hot album. The next big star to release a hot album will probably fare about the same. (Lil Wayne's total was boosted by his featured credits on hits by DJ Khaled and Kelly Rowland.)Michael Jackson was much hotter than Lil Wayne was two weeks ago. You didn't have to be a chart follower, or even a pop music fan, to know that Jackson was in orbit. He even made the cover of TIME in 1984. But if you weren't up on the latest chart news, you wouldn't have had any idea that Lil Wayne, Swift and Cook were setting all-time records.
It's hard to make exact comparisons from one era to another. There are too many variables. But there should be at least a rough sense of scale in achievements. I think Billboard should adjust its chart methodology so that chart record-setting success isn't so fleeting. It would make these achievements mean more.Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera tops the Hot 100 for the third week. This equals Maroon5's "Makes Me Wonder," which spent three weeks on top in the spring of 2007. Three of Aguilera's singles have had longer runs on top. "Genie In A Bottle" and "Lady Marmalade" (with Lil' Kim, Mya & P!nk) both had five weeks on top; "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" had four. Mick Jagger gets a name-check in the song, I'll add that only two Rolling Stones songs have had three or more weeks at #1. 1965's "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and 1969's "Honky Tonk Women" both topped the chart for four weeks.
How important was The Voice in turning this song into a smash? Very important. In 2008, Maroon5 recorded a collabo with Rihanna, "If I Never See Your Face Again," which stalled at #51. Last year, a pairing with Lady Antebellum, "Out Of Goodbyes," "bubbled under" the chart at #103. Both of these other acts were on fire at the time. But there wasn't a TV tie-in.Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" (featuring Adam Levine) jumps from #6 to #5. It's Gym Class Heroes' second top five hit. "Cupid's Chokehold," which featured Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, reached #4 in March 2007. "Stereo Hearts" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. "Cupid's Chokehold" has sold 1,936,000 copies.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera , "Moves Like Jagger." The song holds at #1 for the third week in its 13th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (221K). Adele, "Someone Like You." The former #1 song holds at #2 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (199K). Foster The People , "Pumped Up Kicks." The song holds at #3 for the fourth week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (186K). LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The former #1 song holds at #4 for the third week in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (143K). Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, "Stereo Hearts." The song jumps from #6 to #5 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (144K). Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars, "Lighters." The song dips from #5 to #6 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (82K). Cobra Starship featuring Sabi, "You Make Me Feel..." The song rebounds from #11 to #7 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (130K). Rihanna, "Cheers (Drink To That)." The song jumps from #10 to #8 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (120K). Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." The song drops from #7 to #9 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (77K). Lady Gaga, "You And I." The song drops from #8 to #10 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (121K).
Lil Wayne's "How To Love" drops from #9 to #12, ending an 11-week run in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (71K).David Guetta featuring Usher jumps from #23 to #15 in its third week. It's vying to become Guetta's third top 10 hit; Usher's 17th. Digital sales rank: #10 (104K). Coldplay's "Paradise" bows at #16. It's vying to become the band's third top 10 hit, following "Speed Of Sound" (#8 in 2005) and "Viva La Vida" (#1 in 2008). Digital sales rank: #6 (139K). Coldplay's recent hit, "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," reached #14. (With a better title, it might have made the top 10.)
Dev's "In The Dark" jumps from #20 to #18 in its seventh week..."I'm On One," the former top 10 hit by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, holds at #22 in its 18th week. It holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 11th week...Blake Shelton's "God Gave Me You" jumps from #31 to #24 in its 10th week.Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine 20 or 25 years ago. It reminds me of such early hits of theirs as "Conga" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You." I'm sure Stan would be thrilled to have the longevity in this business that Estefan has had, both with and without hits. Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" put a taboo word into the pop consciousness (even if radio stations played the tame "Forget You" version). Now, Jay-Z and Kanye West doing the same with another, even more taboo word. "Ni**as In Paris" jumps from #67 to #50 in its sixth week. If the song keeps going, let's see how Top 40 DJs introduce that title.
Andy Grammer's extremely appealing "Keep Your Head Up" jumps from #57 to #53. Argent had a top five hit in the summer of 1972 called "Hold Your Head Up." They're both good, but I think I prefer this zippy tune.Wale featuring Jeremih & Rick Ross leaps from #91 to #75 in its third week...J. Cole's "Work Out" jumps from #98 to #79 in its third week...Darius Rucker's country hit "I Got Nothin'" debuts at #84.
Hot Chelle Rae's zesty "Tonight Tonight" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
Country singer Jake Owen lands his first million-seller with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."
Tony Bennett, Amy Winehouse photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images; David Cook photo by M. Caulfield/American Idol 2008/WireImage