Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Juanes, Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age.
BRITISH IDOL: "Devil's Playground" (CS/Sanctuary) is the first album of new Billy Idol material to appear on The Billboard 200 in almost 12 years. A "Greatest Hits" CD peaked at No. 74 in May 2001, but that's the only Billy Idol release to chart between "Cyberpunk" in 1993 and the new album. "Devil's Playground" opens at No. 46. That makes the new set Idol's highest-charting album since "Charmed Life" reached No. 11 in June 1990.
Idol's chart span on The Billboard 200 is now stretched to 23 years, five months and two weeks, dating back to the Oct. 24, 1981 debut of "Don't Stop." Idol was a member of the punk-rock outfit Generation X from 1977-1981, but none of the group's albums charted in the United States.
THE ADVENTURES OF OZZY: The final episode of MTV's "The Osbournes" aired March 21, bringing the reality series to a close after four seasons. In the series' wake, Ozzy Osbourne has his highest-charting album on The Billboard 200 since before the series began.
The box set "Prince of Darkness" (Epic) enters the album chart at No. 36. That's Ozzy's highest position since "Down to Earth" peaked at No. 4 in November 2001. "Down to Earth" is tied with the 1995 album "Ozzmosis" as Osbourne's highest-charting titles.
"The Osbournes" premiered in March 2002. During the series' run, two of Ozzy's albums appeared on The Billboard 200: "Live at Budokan" went to No. 70 in July 2002 and "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne," a greatest hits package, charted at No. 81 in March 2003.
SHIRT TALE: Juanes earns his third consecutive No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart, as "La Camisa Negra" (Surco/Universal Latino) is the third single from the album "Mi Sangre" to move into the tally's pole position. "La Camisa Negra" follows "Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor," No. 1 for 12 weeks in the autumn of 2004, and "Volverte a Ver," No. 1 for three weeks in February 2005.
"La Camisa Negra," which translates into English as "The Black Shirt," goes where no Juanes single has gone before, as it debuts on Billboard's Hot 100 at No. 97. It's the first Spanish-language song being played exclusively at Latin radio to appear on the Hot 100 in almost three years. In May 2002, "Quitame Ese Hombre" by Pilar Montenegro peaked at No. 74.
'HAND' ON THE RUN: The first Nine Inch Nails song to chart in almost six years is the Hot Shot Debut on Billboard's Hot 100. "The Hand That Feeds" (Nothing/Interscope) bows at No. 31, the second highest debut of 2005 after the No. 22 opening of the multi-artist charity single, "Across the Universe."
"The Hand That Feeds" is also the second highest debut when it comes to Nine Inch Nails' chart career. The record was set by "The Day the World Went Away" in August 1999. By debuting and peaking at No. 17, "World" became the highest-charting Nine Inch Nails single of all time. "Hand" is second, and the only other track of five chart entries to appear in the top 40 portion of the list.
STONE LOVE: The second Queens Of The Stone Age album to appear on The Billboard 200 is the band's most successful to date. "Lullabies to Paralyze" (Rekords/Interscope) enters at No. 5, besting the No. 17 debut and peak of "Songs for the Deaf" in September 2002 ("Rated R," released in 2000, did not chart).