Friday, December 29, 2017

Rock & Roll in the NEWS: Where New Rock Meets Old Rock...December 29, 2017 (Charts This Week)

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13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Cardi B's Record Top 10 & Mariah Carey's 'Christmas' Present

Mariah Carey performs during the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center

Happy Holidays! In true Christmas fashion, the latest Billboard Hot 100 sees a yuletide tune in the top 10 for the first time since 2000, as Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" enters the top 10 for the first time at No. 9 -- more than 23 years after its 1994 release.

Atop the Hot 100, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce's "Perfect" scores its second week at No. 1. The song also helps Sheeran return to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 for the first time in eight months.
Meanwhile, Luke Bryan earns his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with What Makes You Country. It's just the fourth country album to lead the list this year.

Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week:
1. After earning her 28th top 10 on the Hot 100, Carey spoke to Billboard about the achievement, saying that the feat "truly warms my heart."
2. More Hot 100 news: Cardi B becomes the first female rapper to send her first three Hot 100 entries into the top 10, as her third effort, "MotorSport," with Migos and Nicki Minaj, jumps 15-6.
3. Among other Hot 100 action, Camila Cabello's "Never Be the Same" launches as the chart's highest debut, at No. 61; Dua Lipa and NF scale the top 20; and Andy Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is a top 40 hit at last. 
4. On the latest Billboard 200, Bob Marley's classic 1984 set Legend earns its 500th week on the chart. Only Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has spent more time on the tally (a record 934 weeks).
5. Looking ahead to next week's Billboard 200, Eminem's Revival is expected to earn the MC his eighth No. 1 set, the second-most among rappers (behind JAY-Z).
6. Among other expected moves on next week's Billboard 200, G-Eazy and Jeezy are both aiming for top 10 debuts. G-Eazy could earn his third top 10 with The Beautiful & The Damned and Jeezy could earn his ninth top 10 with Pressure.
7. On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson discuss Carey's "Christmas" and Nashville-based senior chart manager Jim Asker chats with rising country singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell.
8. More Chart Beat Podcast! Trust, Anderson and Billboard contributor Fred Bronson welcome Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackie Jackson, who muses about the legacies of Michael, Janet and the Jackson family, as chronicled in Bronson's new book, The Jacksons: Legacy.
9. Over on the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson chat with pop legend Johnny Mathis about his chart-topping history and how he paved the way for Christmas albums.
10. Since 'tis the season, Billboard ranked the top 10 most popular holiday songs of all time. Did your favorite make the cut?
11. On the latest Hot Tours tally, Paramore lands at No. 3 thanks to its After Laughter Tour this fall.
12. On Billboard's Top Facebook Live Videos chart, Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" duet with Dave Grohl ranks at No. 1.
13. Beginning in 2018, Billboard's chart and magazine dates are changing to align closer to each release week, as they will now be dated to the Saturday after the charts post online.

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