Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Mario, Gwen Stefani, Postal Service, Green Day and Ray Charles.
ENDLESS 'LOVE': Mario's "Let Me Love You" (3rd Street/J) isn't ready to give up. The song is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for the ninth week in a row, making "Love" the longest-running No. 1 hit since "Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris had a 12-week reign one year ago.
"Let Me Love You" is the 10th song of this millennium to remain No. 1 for nine weeks or longer. The 10 songs with the longest runs at No. 1 since January 2000 are:
12 weeks: "Lose Yourself," Eminem (2002)
12 weeks: "Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (2004)
11 weeks: "Independent Women Part I," Destiny's Child (2000)
10 weeks: "Maria Maria," Santana featuring the Product G&B (2000)
10 weeks: "Foolish," Ashanti (2002)
10 weeks: "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland (2002)
9 weeks: "In Da Club," 50 Cent (2003)
9 weeks: "Baby Boy," Beyonce featuring Sean Paul (2003)
9 weeks: "Hey Ya!" OutKast (2003)
9 weeks: "Let Me Love You," Mario (2005)
DON'T CRY FOR ME, GWEN STEFANI: Who would have ever guessed that Gwen Stefani would collect a top 10 hit by channeling Zero Mostel?
"Rich Girl" (Interscope) makes a hefty 16-10 move on Billboard's Hot 100, making the collaboration between No Doubt vocalist Gwen Stefani and rapper Eve the first top 10 hit to originate as a Broadway song since Madonna took "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" to No. 8 in 1997.
"Rich Girl" is based on "If I Were a Rich Man" from "Fiddler on the Roof." The show opened in 1964 with Zero Mostel playing the lead role of Tevye, who sings "Rich Man" in act one.
Madonna sang "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" in the film version of "Evita," but the song was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the original stage version of the musical.
The other major Broadway adaptation that has performed well on the Hot 100 in the last eight years is "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" by Jay-Z, based on the song of the same name from the musical "Annie." The rap version of the orphans' lament peaked at No. 15 in 1999.
MAIL CALL: After appearing on a number of Billboard charts, the Postal Service finally makes its debut on the Hot 100. "We Will Become Silhouettes" (Sub Pop) earns Hot Shot Debut honors this week with its bow at No. 82.
The Postal Service's album "Give Up" first appeared on The Billboard 200 almost a year ago, opening at No. 198 the week of March 27, 2004. The CD reached a peak position of No. 114 three weeks ago and this week falls to No. 191, but a new peak could be in the album's future, thanks to the newfound success on the Hot 100.
"We Will Become Silhouettes" is also the highest new entry on the Pop 100, opening on the chart at No. 56. The Postal Service also has the second-highest debut at No. 70 with "Be Still My Heart," which appears on the "Silhouettes" single. There's a third Postal Service title on the Pop 100, as "Such Great Heights" moves up two places, 97-95.
There's more chart action for the Postal Service on the Hot Dance Singles Sales list, where "Silhouettes" debuts at No. 1. A 2003 track, "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," is No. 6 in its 84th week on that tally. On the Top Electronic Albums chart, where "Give Up" debuted in April 2003 and had a 19-week run at No. 1 that began in July 2004, the CD rebounds to No. 2.
GET READY FOR 'COMPANY': Green Day and Ray Charles will battle for the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 next week, following their wins at the Grammys.
For Green Day, it would be a return to the top spot after an absence of a few weeks with "American Idiot." But if the late Ray Charles moves 15-1 with "Genius Loves Company" (Hear/Concord), it will be the first Charles album to lead the list in almost 43 years.
Charles only previous No. 1 album was "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music," which topped the chart for 14 weeks beginning in June 1962.