May 3, 2007 / 8:40 PM / 12 years ago

Maroon 5 tops singles chart with record leap

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Grammy-winning pop band Maroon 5 scored its first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 Thursday, with the largest jump to the top in the almost 49-year existence of the chart.

Members of the band Maroon 5 attend the Global Green USA 3rd Annual Pre-Oscar Party in Los Angeles, California February 21, 2007. Grammy-winning pop band Maroon 5 scored its first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 Thursday, with the largest jump to the top in the almost 49-year existence of the chart. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

The group’s song “Makes Me Wonder” soared 63 places, fueled by digital sales of 243,500 downloads. Kelly Clarkson held the previous record for the largest jump to No. 1 when she moved up 51 places with “A Moment Like This” in October 2002, shortly after she was named the inaugural winner of “American Idol.”

“Makes Me Wonder” got off to an inauspicious start. It entered the Hot 100 three weeks ago at No. 84, making it the lowest debuting single of Maroon 5’s five chart entries.

Maroon 5 first appeared on the Hot 100 in August 2003, with “Harder to Breathe,” which peaked at No. 18. The following year, “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved” both went to No. 5. Then “Sunday Morning” stalled at No. 31 in 2005.

Maroon 5 will release its second album, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” on May 22. Its debut, “Songs About Jane,” came out five years ago.

Last week’s Hot 100 leader, Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend,” dropped to No. 2, although the parent album, “The Best Damn Thing,” remained No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week.

Timbaland’s “Give It to Me” featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake slipped one to No. 3, while T-Pain’s “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” inched up one to No. 4.

Ne-Yo’s “Because of You” rocketed 34 places to No. 5; his album of the same name was released earlier this week.

This week’s two top 10 debuts were by “American Idol” contestants. Fourth-season winner Carrie Underwood debuted at No. 6 with her version of the Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You,” the song she performed on the “Idol Gives Back” special episode of “American Idol.” The track is the first iTunes exclusive to ever open in the top 10.

And Clarkson’s “Never Again” was new at No. 8, her seventh top 10 hit. She also debuted at No. 56 with “Up to the Mountain” featuring Jeff Beck, another cut from the “American Idol” charity special. For Beck, it is just the third chart entry of his career under his own name. In 1969, “Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot),” a Donovan single that featured the Jeff Beck Group, peaked at No. 36; in 1985, his collaboration with Rod Stewart on a cover of “People Get Ready” hit No. 48.

Back on the current Hot 100, Fergie’s “Glamorous” featuring Ludacris dropped three to No. 7. Rounding out the top 10, Akon’s “Don’t Matter” slid six places to No. 9 and Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape,” also featuring Akon, fell four to No. 10.

Other debuts included the White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” at No. 28, the rock duo’s highest rank on the Hot 100; Snow Patrol’s “Signal Fire” at No. 65; and Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” featuring the African Children’s Choir at No. 78.

Reuters/Billboard

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