LL Cool J re-enters the Hot 100 at a stunning No. 4, plus news on Ashley Parker Angel, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beatles, Lifehouse, Daniel Powter and Kool & the Gang.
WE NOW RETURN 'CONTROL' TO YOU: "Control Myself" (Def Jam) by LL Cool J featuring Jennifer Lopez sets the record for the highest new re-entry in the 48-year history of the Billboard Hot 100. By returning to the chart at No. 4, "Control Myself" beats the previous record, set by Jay-Z when his Broadway/rap merger of the "Annie" tune "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" re-entered at No. 20 the week of March 20, 1999.
"Control Myself" had a previous three-week run on the Hot 100, debuting at No. 93 the week of March 11, peaking at No. 89 the following week and making what could have been a last stand at No. 95 one week after that. The song never garnered enough airplay to move any higher, but paid digital downloads kicked in this week and kicked the song back to No. 4.
"Control Myself" is LL Cool J's biggest hit since the last time he teamed up with Jennifer Lopez. "All I Have," credited to Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J, began a four-week reign the week of Feb. 8, 2003. "Control Myself" is also the biggest hit for Lopez since "All I Have."
"Control Myself" is the eighth top 10 hit for LL Cool J. "All I Have" remains his biggest hit, followed by "Hey Lover" in 1995 and "Loungin" in 1996. Both peaked at No. 3. "Luv U Better" also went to No. 4, in November 2002.
"Control Myself" is the ninth top 10 hit for Lopez. She's had four No. 1 songs; in addition to "All I Have," she topped the Hot 100 with "If You Had My Love," "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny." Like LL Cool J, she's had two singles peak at No. 3: "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "Jenny From the Block."
ANGEL TRUMPS 'HEAVEN': There are two songs in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 that weren't on the chart last week. In addition to "Control Myself" making a re-entry, former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel makes his first solo appearance on the tally with "Let U Go" (Blackground), the Hot Shot Debut at No. 17.
That's the highest new entry of 2006. Just last week, Red Hot Chili Peppers tied the record set by Pink's "Stupid Girls" (LaFace) in February by debuting at No. 24.
Angel's debut at No. 17 marks the highest new entry on the Hot 100 since Bo Bice's "Inside Your Heaven" bowed at No. 2 the week of July 9, 2005.
PEPPERS HOT: In its second week on the Billboard Hot 100, "Dani California" (Warner Bros.) by Red Hot Chili Peppers races into the top 10, 24-9. It's the first top 10 hit for the band this century, and the first since "Scar Tissue" peaked at No. 9 the week of Oct. 2, 1999.
"Dani California,' which is bound to go higher, is already tied with "Scar Tissue" as the group's second-biggest hit. The only Red Hot Chili Peppers song to chart higher is "Under the Bridge," which reached No. 2 in June 1992.
BEATLES '06: Once again, the Beatles extend their chart span on The Billboard 200. The No. 46 debut of "The Capitol Albums Vol. 2" (Apple) gives the Mop Tops a span of 42 years, two months and four weeks, dating back to Feb. 1, 1964, when "Meet the Beatles" marked the Beatles' first appearance on the survey.
TOGETHER FOREVER: "You and Me" make a good team. The Lifehouse single on the Geffen label disappears from the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but its 62-week run is the third longest in the history of the chart and the longest by a male act or a group.
The only two singles that were on the chart longer than "You and Me" are by LeAnn Rimes and Jewel. Here is a list of the longest-charting singles in Hot 100 history:
69 weeks: "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes (1997)
65 weeks: "Foolish Games" / "You Were Meant for Me," Jewel (1997)
62 weeks: "You and Me," Lifehouse (2006)
60 weeks: "Macarena" (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio (1996)
58 weeks: "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas (1999)
57 weeks: "Higher," Creed (2000)
56 weeks: "I Don't Want to Wait," Paula Cole (1998)
56 weeks: "The Way You Love Me," Faith Hill (2001)
55 weeks: "Barely Breathing," Duncan Sheik (1997)
55 weeks: "Missing," Everything But the Girl (1996)
55 weeks: "Amazed," Lonestar (2000)
With "You and Me" falling off the Hot 100, the longevity champ this week is "Dirty Little Secret" (Doghouse/Interscope) by the All-American Rejects. "Secret" is No. 38 in its 38th chart week.
28 GOOD DAYS: Daniel Powter remains in pole position on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Bad Day." That ties him with Cher and her 1999 single "Believe" as the longest-running No. 1 hits on the Warner Bros. label since Prince reigned for five weeks in the summer of 1984 with "When Doves Cry."
Only four of the imprint's 37 No. 1 hits have been No. 1 longer than "Bad Day." They are:
10 weeks: "You Light Up My Life," Debby Boone (1977)
8 weeks: "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)," Rod Stewart (1976)
5 weeks: "Cathy's Clown," Everly Brothers (1960)
5 weeks: "When Doves Cry," Prince (1984)
THE GANG'S ALL HERE: Kool and the Gang had an enviable unbroken string of hits from 1969 to 1989 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, with 47 chart entries. The group had at least one song debut on the chart in every calendar year during that 21-year period, but after "Never Give Up" peaked at No. 74 in 1989, the group disappeared from the chart -- until this week.
Now, after a gap of 16-and-a-half years, Kool and the Gang has taken its own advice about never giving up and is back on the chart. The New Jersey outfit enters at No. 96 with "Steppin' Into Love," released on its own KTFA imprint.