Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Nine Inch Nails, Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson and Kelly Osbourne.'MISSISSIPPI' QUEEN: Faith Hill rewrites the record books as her new single, "Mississippi Girl," becomes the highest-debuting title of her career. The Warner Brothers release bursts onto Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 27, also making it the highest new entry of 2005.
Hill's previous highest new entry was "Cry," which opened at No. 32 the week of Aug. 24, 2002. In its first week, "Mississippi Girl" bests the No. 28 peak position of Hill's most recent chart entry, "You're Still Here," in July 2003.
Hill's latest is the highest debut on Hot Country Songs since the week of Oct. 19, 2002, when "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" by Shania Twain bowed at No. 24. "Good!" is the highest debut for a female artist and "Mississippi" is the second-highest since 1991, when the chart was first compiled with airplay information supplied by Broadcast Data Systems.
The highest debut since 1991 was the No. 19 opening of Garth Brooks' "The Thunder Rolls," the week of May 18, 1991.
This year is turning out to be a good one for high debuts on the Hot Country Songs tally. "Mississippi Girl" is the third song to debut inside the top 30 in 2005, following No. 30 debuts for "Honky Tonk U" by Toby Keith in February and "You'll Be There" by George Strait in April. There was only one top 30 debut in 2004, and also in 2003 and 2002. There were three in 2001, the same number as in the first 22 weeks of 2005.
WHERE SHE BELONGS: A 3-2 move for "We Belong Together" (Island) pushes Mariah Carey to her highest position on Billboard's Hot 100 since she topped the chart in February 2000 with "Thank God I Found You." Carey was last No. 2 in August 2001 with "Loverboy." While she's far enough away from Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" (Interscope) to not be a serious challenger for No. 1 next week, Carey could be looking at her 16th chart-topper as soon as two weeks from now.
Carey's chart climb had been aided by an abundance of radio spins. On the Hot 100 Airplay chart, "We Belong Together" rises 2-1, becoming Carey's first chart-topper on this survey since "One Sweet Day" ruled for 13 weeks in 1995-96.
BY THE 'HAND': Nine Inch Nails secures its first No. 1 song on Billboard's Modern Rock chart as "The Hand That Feeds" (Nothing/Interscope) achieves pole position. It's taken NIN almost 13 years to have a No. 1 hit; the outfit's first chart entry was "Happiness In Slavery" in October 1992.
Only one other Nine Inch Nails song has ventured into the Modern top 10. "Hurt" went to No. 8 in May 1995.
LET'S KEEP IT GOING: The fifth Black Eyed Peas song to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 is now the group's highest-charting entry. "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (A&M) advances 11-6, surpassing the No. 8 peak of "Where Is the Love?" in August 2003.
KELLY I: Kelly Clarkson becomes the first artist to have two songs in the top three of Billboard's Pop 100 Airplay chart. "Since U Been Gone" (RCA) holds at No. 2 and the follow-up, "Behind These Hazel Eyes," surges 7-3.
KELLY II: You might think of her as a rocker, but Kelly Osbourne is No. 1 this week on two Billboard dance charts. "One Word" (Sanctuary) rises 2-1 on the Hot Dance Radio Airplay tally (where another Kelly, Clarkson, is No. 2 with "Since U Been Gone"). On the Hot Dance Singles Sales list, "One Word" moves 3-1.
Osbourne could pull off the rare feat of topping all three dance charts; right now she is No. 6 on the Club Play list.