Fred and his readers discuss Christina Aguilera, Gloria Trevi, Elvis and more!

TWO PLACES AT THE SAME TIME

Hello Fred...

I noticed that the Insane Clown Posse is listed in the top 10 on both the Top Rap Albums and the Top Rock Albums charts. How can this be?

Doesn't an artist usually get categorized in one specific genre? Or is it that the album is selling well at both rap and rock outlets to register on both those charts?

I don't think I have ever seen this before, an artist on both the rock and rap charts with the same album. Is that a first?

By the way, thanks for all your years of dedication to the music world!

Caesar Castro
Orland Park, Ill.

Dear Caesar,

There's no rule that an artist can only be classified as one genre. We've had plenty of examples of fusion artists appearing on more than one chart, or artists associated with one genre taking a one-time, plunge into another genre's waters. There's R&B-jazz, Latin-pop, country-dance, rock-blues and I'm sure many other examples.

A number of acts are considered rap/rock fusions, so the Insane Clown Posse's appearance on both rap and rock charts is not a surprise. A prime example of another group that has made both genres is the Beastie Boys, who have appeared on both the rap and rock charts.



G-L-O-R-I-A, GLORIA

Dear Fred,

I'm an avid reader of your column and I've always wanted to ask you about the controversial Mexican singer/songwriter Gloria Trevi. Since she got out of jail in 2004, she has released two albums: "Como Nace El Universo" (which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot Latin Albums Chart) and "La Trayectoria" (No. 29), but I was wondering if you could provide me with the official chart run for all of her singles in the United States, starting with 1991's "Pelo Suelto."


Thanks for everything!

Daniel Ulibarri
Los Angeles, Calif.

Dear Daniel,

When I checked the Billboard chart archives, I found eight chart entries for Gloria Trevi on Hot Latin Songs.

Here's a summary:

"El Ultimo Beso," No. 36 (1990)
"Pelo Suelto," No. 19 (1991)
"Tu Angel de la Guarda," No. 20 (1991)
"Que Voy a Hacer Sin El," No. 22 (1992)
"Con los Ojos Cerrados," No. 6 (1993)
"Me Siento Tan Sola," No. 6 (1993)
"En Medio de la Tempestad," No. 45 (2004)
"Todos Me Miran," No. 32 (2006)



WHO WAS FIRST?

Fred,

I was talking with a friend of mine about who charted first on any Billboard chart, Christina Aguilera or Britney
Spears. I know Britney charted first on The Billboard Hot 100, but didn't Christina chart before Britney with her
single "Reflection" from the Walt Disney soundtrack, "Mulan"?

I could have sworn "Reflection" was a top 20 Adult Contemporary hit back in 1998.

Thanks,

Michael Wagner
San Diego, Calif.

Dear Michael,

If we only consider the Hot 100, Britney Spears preceded Christina Aguilera. Spears' "...Baby One More Time" was her chart debut, arriving the week of Nov. 21, 1998. Aguilera's first chart entry was "Genie in a Bottle," surfacing the week of July 3, 1999.

However, as you point out, Christina's "Reflection" from the soundtrack to Walt Disney's "Mulan" charted on our
Adult Contemporary survey (but not on the Hot 100). "Reflection" entered the AC list the week of July 25, 1998.

That means Aguilera charted in Billboard before Spears.

I'm just glad you didn't ask which came first, the chicken or the egg.



AND SPEAKING OF CHRISTINA...

Fred,

Please clear something up for me. In a recent column you were talking about solo female artists who pulled two or more No. 1 songs from a debut album over the last 20 years. You said, "If we mind the qualification about having four No. 1 singles from a debut album, only Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey would count."

Didn't Christina Aguilera also have four No. 1 Hot 100 singles from her self-titled debut album as well? I believe she did!

Please clear this up for me.

Regards,

Fred Gonzalez
Newark, N.J.

Dear Fred,

Christina Aguilera did have four hits from her eponymous debut album, but not four No. 1 hits. As you can see in my reply to the above e-mail, "Genie in a Bottle" marked her Hot 100 debut. That single went to No. 1, as did the follow-up, "What a Girl Wants." Then came "I Turn to You," which peaked at No. 3. After that, RCA released "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)," which was Aguilera's third chart-topper. Her fourth No. 1 on the Hot 100 was "Lady Marmalade," recorded with Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink, but that song was from the film "Moulin Rouge" and did not appear on Christina's first album.



ELVIS HAS LEFT THE CHART

Dear Fred,

I have been a subscriber to Billboard for 45 years, and have seen that a lot of country artists have appeared on the religious charts with their albums. But what about Elvis Presley? He spent two years on the Top Country Albums chart with "Ultimate Gospel." When the "new" album was issued a few weeks ago, he was back both on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart and The Top Country Catalog Albums chart.

But what happened when the album was new? It never appeared on that chart.

Arne Metzner
Norway

Dear Arne,

I'm not sure why you think Elvis Presley's "Ultimate Gospel" didn't appear on the Top Christian Albums chart. The album had a non-consecutive 82-week run on this survey. The CD debuted at No. 9 the week of April 10, 2004 and spent its last week on the chart dated March 18, 2006. The album then first appeared on the Christian Catalog chart the week of April 8, 2006.

"Ultimate Gospel" has also appeared on The Billboard 200, Top Pop Catalog Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Country Catalog Albums.