Chart Watch

  • Chart Watch: 'Beachin'' Over the 4th

    Paul Grein at Chart Watch3 days ago

    A lot of country fans went to the beach over the Fourth of July weekend—at least on their iPods. Jake Owen's mellow summer hit “Beachin'” jumps from #30 to #27 in its 15th week on the Hot 100. The song moves up to #1 on Hot Country Songs, displacing “Somethin' Bad,” Miranda Lambert'sduet with Carrie Underwood.  It’s Owen’s third #1 country hit. It follows “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (two weeks on top in September 2011) and “Alone With You” (two weeks in April 2012).

    But Owen shouldn’t get too comfortable in that beach chair. Kenny Chesney lands his 13th top 30 hit as “American Kids” leaps from #43 to #28 in its third week on the Hot 100. It’s #2 on Hot Country Songs.

    "Beachin" reached #26 (its peak to date) on the Hot 100 two weeks ago, before slipping to #30 last week.

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  • Chart Watch: Six in a Row for Maroon 5

    Paul Grein at Chart Watch3 days ago

    Maroon 5's “Maps” jumps from #13 to #9 in its third week on the Hot 100. It's the group's ninth top 10 hit; its sixth in a row. The group kicked off this unbroken string of top 10 hits in July 2011 with “Moves Like Jagger” (featuring Christina Aguilera). That was just two months after the premiere of NBC’s The Voice , which features the group’s Adam Levine and Aguilera.

    TV can be risky for recording artists. Many artists have seen their record sales decline when they launch a weekly TV series. But so far at least, it’s been great for Maroon 5. That could be because The Voice isn’t like a traditional variety show from years ago where the star performs multiple songs each week.

    Maroon 5 first cracked the Hot 100 in August 2003 with “Harder To Breathe.” It first achieved back-to-back top 10 hits in 2004 with “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved.” Its only other top 10 hit prior to this blitz was “Makes Me Wonder” (#1 in May 2007).

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