Fred and his readers discuss Nelly Furtado, Oscar-nominated songs, Corbin Bleu and more!

AROUND THE WORLD WITH NELLY

Dear Fred,

At the beginning of the 1980s, the United States, Great Britain and Germany had the biggest singles sales in the world. I don't know if that's still correct today, but Nelly Furtado went to No. 1 in each of these three countries in 2006 -- but with three different titles! She started in May in the United States with "Promiscuous" for six weeks, then spent three weeks in June at the top of the U.K. charts with "Maneater" and then gained the crown here in Germany during the very last week of 2006 with "All Good Things (Come to an End)."

In all three countries, these songs are her only No. 1.

The only artist I can recall having three different No. 1s in three different countries and are the artist's only No. 1 in those countries is Paul Young -- although not in the same calendar year and from different albums. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" in the United Kingdom and "Come Back and Stay" in Germany, both from "No Parlez," hit the charts in 1983 and "Everytime You Go Away" from 1985's "The Secret of Association" topped the chart in the United States.

I'm wondering if my fellow Chart Beat readers will find other artists who have accomplished this feat.

Yours,

Rolf Rausch


Dear Rolf,

You've laid down an interesting challenge for Chart Beat readers. Let's see if we get any responses.

Meanwhile, thanks for noticing this rare chart feat.

You mentioned the top three markets for record sales; in 2005 the top three were the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom. Germany ranked fourth and France was fifth.



WILL 'LISTEN' GLISTEN?

Hi Fred,

I have been hearing much about Beyonce's Oscar chances or lack thereof for her song "Listen" from "Dreamgirls." From what I understand, the song is eligible for consideration because it was written specifically for the film. What I don't understand is why Beyonce is not eligible for the award when she is one of the songwriters -- and the Oscar is awarded to the songwriters, not the performer(s).

I also don't understand why last year there were only three songs competing for the Academy Award as opposed to the usual five. Will there only be three this year or are they going back to five? Please help.

Donovan Dechambre
Houston, Texas


Dear Donovan,

Most of the songs heard in the movie "Dreamgirls" are not eligible for Oscar consideration because they were written for the Broadway show. To be eligible for an Academy Award, a song must be original and written specifically for the film. How the song is used in the film also determines eligibility.

For example, the first song heard over the end credits is eligible, but not the second (unless it is heard elsewhere in the film). "Listen" is one of the new songs written for the movie version of "Dreamgirls," so it is eligible and is almost certain to be nominated.

So why isn't Beyonce going to be up for an Academy Award? Because only three songwriters can be nominated per song, according to the Motion Picture Academy's "Rule 16." As the songwriter who contributed the least to the song, Beyonce was dropped from the list of composers.

There's still a chance that Beyonce will receive an acting nomination as Best Actress, though I'd put my money on Jennifer Hudson to take home the statuette for Best Supporting Actress.

The number of nominees in any particular category depends on how wide a field there is to choose from. There have to be at least 16 potential nominees in a category in order for there to be five nominees. If there are less than 16, Academy rules dictate that there only be three nominees in a category.



BLUER THAN BLEU

Fred:

I must admit I was surprised by this week's Hot 100, not for what was on the chart but what wasn't. I fully expected Corbin Bleu's "Push It to the Limit" to make at least a top 20 debut, as it has been among the top five downloads at iTunes all week (it doesn't even appear on the top 25 downloads!). I assume the download track was available at least as early as the "Jump In!" soundtrack, which made a top five debut on the The Billboard 200.

Is this just a quirk of the calendar and can we expect to see the song make a big showing next week? Is it excluded from the Hot 100 as it is not actively promoted to radio? Or, like "Stick to the Status Quo" from the "High School Musical," did the track initially get left off the chart by accident?

Patrick Kelly
Brampton, Ont.


Dear Patrick,

It's very unfortunate that Corbin Bleu's "Push It to the Limit" wasn't able to chart this week, because it surely would have achieved a high debut, based on digital sales.

The reason that the song from the "Jump In!" soundtrack didn't chart is purely technical. When a physical album or single is sold, the sale is counted by scanning the UPC code on the product -- what we call the "bar code." If there is no bar code, the sale cannot be counted. Of course, record companies are aware of this and they make sure that those bar codes are present and readable.

There is a similar code for digital product. The Corbin Bleu song did not have the appropriate digital code, known as the ISRC. The problem is with how the song was registered by the record label with Apple. The product had a UPC code but there was no physical product, and it did not have the required ISRC code.

I'm told by Hot 100 chart manager Silvio Pietroluongo that this is not the first time a song has plunged into digital limbo because of technical reasons. Billboard, SoundScan, Apple and Walt Disney Records are working together to resolve the problem for this song and to make certain digital releases in the future don't repeat this scenario.



LOVE LITTLE THING CALLED 'CRAZY'

Dear Fred,

Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" is currently enjoying a healthy run in the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart almost a year after a run in the top 10 of the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Has any other single reached such heights on both charts? If I had to guess, I would say Goo Goo Dolls would be most likely to have achieved such a feat.

Also, did "Crazy" ever appear on any R&B charts? I don't recall seeing it, but it might have. I would bet money that, if it did, that would be a distinct achievement.

Love the column and your taste in pop music!

Andrew Rodgers
Detroit, Mich.


Dear Andrew,

"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley has been a hit on many different charts compiled by the Billboard Information Group, some of which appear in Billboard while others are printed in our sister publication, Radio & Records.

I found 15 different charts where "Crazy" found a berth, including four where it went to No. 1 (Adult Top 40, Hot Digital Songs, Hot Digital Tracks and Triple-A).

And yes, it did find its way to our Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it peaked at No. 53.

"Crazy" isn't the first song to be a hit on the Adult Contemporary list and one of our rock charts. One of the earliest songs I remember doing well in both genres was "Drive" by the Cars, back in 1984. "Drive" spent three weeks at No. 1 on the AC tally and peaked at No. 3 on Mainstream Rock Tracks (the Cars did not chart at Modern Rock).

You're right about Goo Goo Dolls doing well at Modern Rock and AC. Six Goo Goo Dolls songs have crossed over to AC; "Name" and "Give a Little Bit" were the most successful, both making the top five.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print