Weekly Chart Notes: Anne Hathaway, Anna Kendrick Get In The Act Of Charting
Billboard -- "I tried to remove fear and anxiety from the process as much as possible. I was aware that if I had to cry take after take, it would affect my sinuses, which are integral to singing." Such is how Anne Hathaway explains the secret to her singing in the current box office smash "Les Miserables." As the movie's music blasts 33-2 on the Billboard 200, the actress sends the film's ballad "I Dreamed a Dream" onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 69. (Her version is the third to reach the tally. Susan Boyle's interpretation reached No. 62 in 2009, while the "Glee" cast's cover rose to No. 31 in 2010.) The "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack, which bounds 45-10 on the Billboard 200, likewise brings cinematic hits to the Hot 100. Anna Kendrick, the film's lead, bows at No. 93 with "Cups" and the movie's headline a capella troupe, the Barden Bellas (which include Kendrick), debuts at No. 96 with its film-closing medley "Bellas Finals: Price Tag/Don't You (Forget About Me)/Give Me Everything/Just the Way You Are/Party in the U.S.A./Turn the Beat Around." Hathaway and Kendrick are the latest in a long history of movie actors and actresses who've segued to dual roles as chart entrants. Here's a recap of 10 other such stars. Ready for their Billboard close-ups? Clint Eastwood The legendary lead of the 1980 movie "Bronco Billy" turned a song from the film - "Bar Room Buddies," with Merle Haggard - into a No. 1 on Country Songs. Richard Harris The accomplished late Irish actor, known best to younger viewers as paternal Albus Dumbledore in the first two "Harry Potter" movies, tallied four Hot 100 hits, including 1968's No. 2 "MacArthur Park." Jennifer Love Hewitt
The film and TV star reached the Pop Songs chart with "How Do I Deal" (No. 36) in 1999 and "BareNaked" (No. 35) in 2002, the latter song the title cut from her second album. Scarlett Johansson The Golden Globe-nominated star topped Heatseekers Albums in 2008 with "Anywhere I Lay My Head." Her duets set with Pete Yorn, "Break Up," reached the top 10 on Rock Albums in 2009. Jane Krakowski The star known for roles in TV's "Ally McBeal" and, currently, "30 Rock," made her film debut as backwoods cousin Vicki in "National Lampoon's Vacation" in 1983. (Her character's deadpan line about her French-kissing skills - "Daddy says I'm the best at it" - was edited for TV as " My teacher says I'm the best at it"). She provided the vocals for, and scored a featured artist credit on, Jim Brickman's No. 4 Adult Contemporary ballad "You" in 2003. Jared Leto Starring in films including "How to Make an American Quilt," "Girl, Interrupted" and "Panic Room," Leto has racked three No. 1s on Alternative Songs as frontman for Thirty Seconds to Mars: "From Yesterday" (2007), "Kings and Queens" and "This Is War" (both in 2010). Lindsay Lohan
Prior to her well-documented legal obstacles, the actress has done anything but lie low on the Billboard 200. Her album "Speak" arrived at No. 4 on Christmas Day 2004. "A Little More Personal (Raw)" bowed at No. 20 exactly a year later. Patrick Swayze The late "Dirty Dancing" star's "She's Like the Wind," featuring Wendy Fraser, stormed the Hot 100 in late 1987. The song from the hit film went on to reach No. 3. John Travolta Even before his popularity exploded with roles in "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease," Travolta, then a not-so-studious student on "Welcome Back, Kotter," reached No. 10 on the Hot 100 in 1976 with "Let Her In." He added five more chart entries through 1978. Bruce Willis The actor has exhibited a sixth sense for hit music. He made two Hot 100 visits in 1987, including the No. 5-peaking "Respect Yourself." (Can you think of more examples? Please feel free to add names in the comments section below, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by Tweeting @gthot20 .) 'CUPS' RUNNETH UNDER: In "Pitch Perfect," Anna Kendrick sings "Cups" accompanied only by her inventive percussion with the assistance of a plastic cup. The song serves as her character's brief audition for the Barden Bellas a capella group. How brief? The track is just 1:16 long on the movie's soundtrack.
Chart Beat reader Pablo Nelson of Berkeley, Calif., wonders via e-mail if the track is the shortest ever to grace the Hot 100. While it's among the quickest, it's not a record-breaker. The Womenfolk's "Little Boxes," for instance, which reached No. 83 in 1964, is even shorter, clocking in at just 1:06. NEXT: Gotye's 'Somebody' marks a year on the Hot 100 GOT(YE)TEN 'USED TO' THE HOT 100: As noted in this week's Hot 100 recap story, Gotye 's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, last year's top Hot 100 title, rises 49-48 with top Airplay Gainer honors. The cut rebounds 45-24 on Radio Songs thanks to year-end countdowns and AC radio reverting to regular programming after the majority of the format's stations had played all-holiday music throughout much of December; "Somebody" re-enters the Adult Contemporary chart at No. 1 (for a 17th total week on top).
As the song logs its 52nd week on the Hot 100, it's just the fifth year-end No. 1 to spend at least a year on the chart. 2011's top hit, Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep," leads with 68 weeks tallied, followed by Lifehouse's "Hanging By a Moment" (2001, 54), Faith Hill 's "Breathe" (2000, 53) and Next's "Too Close" (1998, 53). 'SNOW' STORM: Speaking of AC, although Rod Stewart 's "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" falls 1-18 on Adult Contemporary, the song departs the summit after five weeks having tied the record for the longest-leading yuletide title in the chart's 51-year history. Last holiday season, Michael Buble's ballad cover of Mariah Carey 's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" reigned for five frames, while Josh Groban 's "Believe" first set the mark in 2004-05. CARPENTERS' WORK: Another veteran AC act logs its highest rank on the Billboard 200 in 37 years, as the Carpenters' "Singles: 1969-1981" scores the chart's top debut at No. 45. The duo of Richard and the late Karen Carpenter had last placed higher with 1976's No. 33-peaking "A Kind of Hush." HAPPY NEW YEAR: Chris Brown begins 2013 by entering R&B Songs at No. 25 with "2012." The song is the latest chart hit whose title is solely a year. The Smashing Pumpkins topped Alternative Songs the week of March 2, 1996, with "1979." Perhaps most famously, Prince partied to No. 12 on the Hot 100 in 1983 with "1999." The song returned for a week in the year of its name (Jan. 16, 1999) at No. 40. Honorable mention to Mark Wills' ode to the '70s and '80s, "19 Somethin'." The song began a six-week reign on Country Songs 10 years ago this month.
A group whose name is also a year hit the Hot 100 in 1989: The Billboard chart history for Australia's 1927 consists of a one-week stay at No. 100 with the melodic "That's When I Think of You." Despite its brief U.S. foray, 1927 remains active in 2013. Lead singer Eric Weideman revived the group, which formed 25 years ago, in 2009 after a 16-year break. Former members include Garry Frost, who, as part of fellow Australian pop act Moving Pictures, reached No. 29 on the Hot 100 in 1983 with "What About Me."
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