Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to the Bee Gees, Snoop Dogg, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Kook & the Gang and more.
INSIDE AND OUT: The Bee Gees return to Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart after an absence of 22 years, courtesy of Snoop Dogg. The credit on "Ups & Downs" (Doggystyle/Geffen), a debut at No. 92, reads "Snoop Dogg featuring the Bee Gees," as the song samples the Gibb brothers' "Love You Inside and Out," a No. 1 pop single that peaked at No. 57 on the R&B chart in 1979.
The Bee Gees debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of May 27, 1967, with "New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)." The group's earliest American hits sounded so much like the Beatles that some DJs thought it was the Beatles in disguise.
Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb took on a funkier tone when they worked with producer Arif Mardin. Their collaborations on "Jive Talkin'" and "Nights on Broadway" brought the Bee Gees back to prominence on the Hot 100, but neither of those singles crossed the trio over to R&B.
The Bee Gees debuted on the R&B chart the week of July 24, 1976, with "You Should Be Dancing." That No. 1 pop single reached No. 4 on the R&B chart and is tied with the 1978 single "Stayin' Alive" as the Gibbs' biggest R&B hit. "Ups & Downs" extends the Bee Gees' R&B chart span to 28 years, 10 months and four weeks.
'WORD' UP: Kelly Osbourne becomes the first artist in the history of the Billboard charts to top all three dance surveys in the same week. "One Word" (Sanctuary) is No. 1 for the fourth week on the Hot Dance Singles Sales and Hot Dance Radio Airplay charts. In its 10th week on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, "One Word" reaches pole position for the first time.
This is Osbourne's first single to chart on the dance sales and airplay lists. On the club tally, "One Word" is Kelly's first chart entry on her own. In April 2004 her duet with dad Ozzy Osbourne on "Changes" peaked at No. 43.
HER BIG 'BREAKAWAY': A 15th week on top of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for "Breakaway" (Walt Disney/Hollywood) pushes Kelly Clarkson into third place among all solo female artists with the longest runs in pole position. Celine Dion leads the list with 21 weeks for "A New Day Has Come" and 19 weeks for "Because You Loved Me." Faith Hill is in second place with a 17-week reign for "Breathe."
"Breakaway," which is the title track of Clarkson's sophomore RCA album and appears on the soundtrack to "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," isn't the biggest AC hit from a Walt Disney film yet, but it is in second place. Phil Collins" song from the "Tarzan" soundtrack, "You'll Be in My Heart," was No. 1 for 19 weeks in 1999.
"Breakaway" is the only song to advance to No. 1 on the AC chart in 2005. "Believe" by Josh Groban and Heaven" by Los Lobos both spent time at the top, but both had originally claimed the lead position in 2004.
WHEN YOU'RE COLD, YOU'RE COLD: "So Cold" (Hollywood) by Breaking Benjamin peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in September 2004. The song is still charting, with a 20-19 rebound this week. Now in its 58th chart week, "So Cold" has set the record for the longest run of any song in this chart's history.
The previous mark of 56 weeks was set by Fuel's "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" in September 2001 and was tied by Crossfade's "Cold" in March.
HER 'DAY' HAS COME: Fourth season "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood's chart success continues to spread as she debuts on another Billboard chart. Her rendition of Martina McBride's "Independence Day" (Arista) enters the Pop 100 at No. 84. Just below her, at No. 87, "Idol" runner-up Bo Bice debuts with his cover of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want to Be" (RCA).
PARENTAL GUIDANCE: Holding at No. 9, "Mother and Father" (Maverick) is Madonna's seventh top 10 hit from her "American Life" album on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play tally. She is the first artist in the history of this chart to pull seven top 10 hits from one album.
KOOL IS HOT: One notch above Madonna on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, Kool and the Gang is enjoying a revival. Teamed with Jamiroquai on an update of the group's "Hollywood Swingin'" (Sanctuary Urban), Kool and the Gang returns to this chart after a gap of 17 years.
The last Kool and the gang title to chart was an EP, "Greatest Hits and More," No. 40 in 1988. The new "Hollywood Swingin'" is the outfit's first top 10 club play hit since "Fresh" spent a week at No. 1 in May 1985.