CHART BEAT BONUS
Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Usher, Alicia Keys, Ciara, "Shark Tale," William Shatner and Minnie Driver.WILL 'BOO' SCARE 'GOODIES'?: It's almost a certainty that "My Boo" (LaFace) by Usher and Alicia Keys will assume the lead position on Billboard's Hot 100 next week. That would end the reign of "Goodies" (Sho'Nuff/Musicline/LaFace) by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo after seven weeks.
One may be the loneliest number, but seven is close. There have only been two other No. 1 songs that have had seven-week reigns in the last six years: "All for You" by Janet Jackson in the spring of 2001 and "Hot in Herre" by Nelly in the summer of 2002.
JAWS OF VICTORY: After a five-week reign, "Garden State" (Fox/Epic) is dislodged from the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart by "Shark Tale" (DreamWorks/Geffen), the soundtrack to the movie that has ruled the box office for two weeks.
"Shark Tale" is only the third soundtrack from an animated movie to lead this list since it was initiated in June 2001. "Disney's Lilo & Sitch" ruled for six weeks in the summer of 2002 and "Shrek 2" also dominated for six weeks, May-July of this year.
The highest new entry on the Top Soundtracks list this week is the soundtrack to another animated film, "Aladdin: Special Edition" (Walt Disney), which bows at No. 15. The revised soundtrack, featuring the added track "Proud of Your Boy" by Clay Aiken, is not a re-entry because this chart did not exist when the "Aladdin" soundtrack was originally released.
"Aladdin: Special Edition" debuts at No. 30 on the Top Pop Catalog chart.
ACTORS GILD CHART: Two people better known for their acting careers enter Billboard's Heatseekers chart this week. While his 1967 debut release "The Transformed Man" never charted, William Shatner has boldly recorded the follow-up album some 37 years later. "Has Been" (Shout! Factory) debuts at No. 22.
Further down, Minnie Driver rides onto the chart at No. 43 with her first effort, "Everything I've Got" (Trampoline/Rounder).