Fred Bronson reports on the chart-related action of Los Lonely Boys, Donny Osmond, Green Day, Keith Urban and John Fogerty.
LONELY AT THE TOP: For 21 weeks, the pole position on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart was been shared by two songs: "100 Years" by Five For Fighting and "This One's for the Girls" by Martina McBride.
Five For Fighting claimed the top spot the week of May 8 and held it for eight weeks before letting McBride take a ride for two weeks. FFF then took back the title for three weeks, giving way once more to McBride, who held tight for six weeks in a row. Then FFF had one more week at No. 1, followed by one more week for McBride.
Now Los Lonely Boys has staked out a position at the head of the class. The band's first chart entry, "Heaven" (Or/Epic), is No. 1 for the second week. It's the eighth song to advance to No. 1 in 2004 on the AC tally. Here are those chart-toppers, in order of how many weeks they held the lead position:
"100 Years," Five for Fighting (12 weeks)
"This One's for the Girls," Martina McBride (nine weeks)
"You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban (six weeks)
"Calling All Angels," Train (three weeks)
"Forever and for Always," Shania Twain (three weeks)
"The First Cut Is the Deepest," Sheryl Crow (two weeks)
"Heaven," Los Lonely Boys (two weeks to date)
"Sending You a Little Christmas," Jim Brickman with Kristy Starling (one week)
'BREEZE' ON DOWN THE ROAD: Donny Osmond had made a couple of appearances on the U.K. album chart in the 21st century, with "This Is the Moment" peaking at No. 10 in 2001 and "Somewhere in Time" landing at No. 12 the following -- his only titles to chart there since 1976.
On the U.K. singles chart, he's been absent since "My Love Is a Fire" burnt out at No. 64 in 1991. So it's noteworthy that his new single, "Breeze On By" (Decca), debuted at No. 8 last week. It's his first British top 10 single since his cover of "When I Fall in Love" sailed to No. 4 in 1973.
As a solo artist, Osmond's U.K. chart span expands to 32 years, three months and three weeks, dating back to the debut of his remake of Paul Anka's "Puppy Love" the week of June 17, 1972.
Osmond's total chart span as an artist is just over two months longer, as the Osmonds made their U.K. chart debut the week of March 25, 1972 with "Down by the Lazy River."
BEING GREEN: "American Idiot" (Reprise) is the seventh Green Day album to appear on The Billboard 200, but the first to reach No. 1. The rock group's chart life began just over 10 1/2 years ago, when "Dookie" debuted the week of Feb. 19, 1994. That album eventually peaked at No. 2, as did its follow-up, "Insomniac," in October 1995.
"American Idiot" is the first Green Day set to reach the top 2 since "Insomniac."
WHEN URBAN MEANS COUNTRY: "Be Here" (Capitol) is Keith Urban's third album to show up on The Billboard 200, and the first to make the top 10. "Be Here" debuts at No. 3, besting the No. 145 peak of Urban's self-titled debut in April 2001 and the No. 11 peak of "Golden Road" in October 2002.
On Billboard's Top Country Albums list, "Be Here" is Urban's fourth title to chart and his first No. 1. Previously, "Golden Road" was his most successful album, having peaked at No. 2.
CHART CREDENCE: After an absence of six years, John Fogerty returns to The Billboard 200 with "Déjà Vu All Over Again" (Geffen), a new entry at No. 23. It's Fogerty's first chart appearance since "Premonition" went to No. 29 in June 1998, and it's his highest-peaking album since "Centerfield" spent one week at No. 1 in March 1985.