Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to the Bee Gees, 'Karma' and Usher.

ONES: As the halfway point of the '00s approaches, the Bee Gees have their third chart entry of the decade, matching their total number of chart entries in the '90s.

"Number Ones" (Polydor/Universal) bows at No. 23 on The Billboard 200. It's the first Bee Gees album to chart in three years. In 2001, the group peaked at No. 16 with "This Is Where I Came In" and at No. 49 with "Their Greatest Hits - The Record."

In the '90s, the three Bee Gees albums that charted were "Size Isn't Everything" (No. 153 in November 1993), "Still Waters" (No. 11 in May 1997) and "One Night Only" (No. 72 in March 1999).

With "Number Ones," the Bee Gees' chart span is stretched to 37 years and three months, dating back to the Aug. 26, 1967 debut of "Bee Gees' 1st," an album that peaked at No. 7.

"Number Ones" is the fifth Bee Gees' album to include the number "one" in the title. Aside from "Bee Gees' 1st" and "Number Ones," the others are "Bee Gees Gold, Volume One" (No. 50 in 1977), "One" (No. 68 in 1989) and the above-mentioned "One Night Only."

KARMA, KARMA (NO CHAMELEON): In the 46-year history of Billboard's Hot 100, there have only been three chart entries with titles that started with the word "Karma," and two of them appear on this week's tally.

Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon" debuted at No. 52 the week of Dec. 3, 1983 and ultimately spent three weeks at No. 1. The second "Karma" song arrived last week. "Karma" (G-Unit/Interscope) by Lloyd Banks featuring Avant opened at No. 71; this week the song rises to No. 56.

The third "Karma" song is a new entry this week. "Karma" (J) by Alicia Keys opens at No. 93.

Aside from "Karma Chameleon," the most successful "Karma" song on the Hot 100 is a song whose title didn't begin with the word. "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" by John Lennon debuted the week of Feb. 28, 1970, and went on to peak at No. 3.

USHER TAKES THE FIFTH: "My Boo" (LaFace) by Usher and Alicia Keys remains No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for a fifth week. "Boo" is Usher's fourth No. 1 of 2004, following "Yeah!" featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, "Burn" and "Confessions Part II."

Although there are only four charts left in the calendar year, it is possible that Usher will rack up a fifth No. 1 song in 2004 as the highest new entry of the week is "Lovers and Friends" (BME/TVT) by Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz featuring Usher and Ludacris. By debuting at No. 36, the song becomes an instant contender for pole position.