Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Fantasia, Mario, Alison Krauss + Union Station, Green Day and Elvis Presley.
TO TELL THE 'TRUTH': Last July, third season "American Idol" winner Fantasia peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks with her debut single, "I Believe." This week, she earns her first top 10 hit on this list, as "Truth Is" (J) makes a sizeable 17-10 move.
"Truth Is" is also doing well on the Hot 100, where it breaks into the top 40 with a 51-34 climb. On the Hot 100, "I Believe" debuted at No. 1.
Meanwhile, Fantasia is working on her third R&B hit. In its third week, "Baby Mama" soars 56-35.
EVERLASTING 'LOVE': Mario's "Let Me Love You" (3rd Street/J) is having an exceptionally long ride at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for the first chart-topper of a calendar year. Now in its sixth week in pole position, "Love" has outlasted the first No. 1 hits of the last few calendar years:
2004: "The Way You Move," OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown (one week)
2003: "Bump, Bump, Bump," B2K & P. Diddy (one week)
2002: "Always on Time," Ja Rule featuring Ashanti (two weeks)
2001: "It Wasn't Me," Shaggy featuring Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent (two weeks)
2000: "What a Girl Wants," Christina Aguilera (two weeks)
1999: "Have You Ever?" Brandy (two weeks)
1998: "Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden (two weeks)
'RESTLESS' CHARTS: It's been almost 10 years since Alison Krauss + Union Station has been in the top 40 portion of Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. This week, "Restless" moves 48-39, giving the outfit its highest-charting title since "When You Say Nothing At All" peaked at No. 3 the week of June 10, 1995.
Away from Union Station, Krauss has seen the upper reaches of the chart in collaborations with Brad Paisley, Kenny Rogers and Shenandoah.
COMING AROUND AGAIN: It's also been nearly 10 years since Green Day was in the top 10 of Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart. This week, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (Reprise) glides 11-9, returning the trio to the list's upper echelon for the first time since April 1995, when "When I Come Around" spent four weeks at No. 2.
On the Adult Top 40 chart, "Boulevard" is up 10-8, the highest position Green Day has ever reached on this survey.
NOT NOW, BUT NOT NEVER: It could have been three No. 1 Elvis Presley hits in a row on the U.K. singles chart, but Ciara and Petey Pablo foiled that possibility as their "Goodies" debuted at No. 1. That only allowed Presley's "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I" to enter at No. 2. In the previous two weeks, reissues of Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" and "One Night" both debuted at No. 1.
The Presley onslaught is not over, though, as "It's Now or Never" looks certain to debut at No. 1 on Sunday (Jan. 30).
The U.K. isn't the only country where Presley's singles are being reissued. In the Netherlands, there are four Presley titles in the top 20, according to chart expert Jochen Tierbach. He writes: