Fred Bronson reports on chart action by Destiny's Child, Usher, Alicia Keys, Antia Baker and Alan Jackson.
DESTINY FULFILLED: After an absence of two-and-a-half years, Destiny's Child returns to The Billboard Hot 100 with the highest-debuting single of its career. "Lose My Breath" (Columbia) bows at No. 30, not only higher than any previous song by the trio, but higher than any solo chart entry by breakout member Beyoncé.
"Lose My Breath" is the 11th song by the group to appear on the Hot 100. Until this week, the highest-debuting Destiny's Child song was "Survivor," which entered at No. 43 the week of March 17, 2001.
Of the six chart entries credited to Beyoncé away from her work with Destiny's Child, the highest-debuting title to date is "'03 Bonnie & Clyde." Recorded with Jay-Z, that track entered the Hot 100 at No. 56 the week of Oct. 26, 2002.
The No. 30 debut of "Lose My Breath" comes just two weeks after "My Boo" (LaFace) by Usher and Alicia Keys started at No. 29. "Breath" is now the fifth-highest new entry of 2004, behind "I Believe" by Fantasia (debuted at No. 1), "Solitaire" by Clay Aiken (No. 4), "Dreams" by Diana DeGarmo (No. 14) and "My Boo."
On Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, "Lose My Breath" is a new entry at No. 35. That's the second-highest new entry for a Destiny's Child title. The trio's first chart single, "No, No, No," debuted at No. 20 the week of Nov. 29, 1997.
'BOO' TWO IN THE THREE: In its third week on the Hot 100, "My Boo" (LaFace) by Usher and Alicia Keys is already No. 7. The 29-18-7 rise is the fastest move into the top 10 since the week of Oct. 5, 2002, when "Lose Yourself" by Eminem reached the top 10 in its third week. That song from the "8 Mile" soundtrack jumped 43-18-9 in its first three weeks on the chart.
BAKER'S THIRD OF A DOZEN: "My Everything" (Blue Note) brings Anita Baker back to pole position on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for the first time in 10 years. Baker last led this list in October 1994 when "Rhythm of Love" spent four weeks on top.
Baker was also No. 1 for three weeks in the fall of 1986 with "Rapture" and eight weeks in the fall/winter of 1988 with "Giving You the Best That I Got."
COUNTRY COMFORT: There's nothing newsworthy about the fact that Alan Jackson's "What I Do" (Arista) replaces Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
It's a different story on The Billboard 200, where the same movement takes place. It's the first time one country artist has replaced another at No. 1 on this survey since 1992, when Billy Ray Cyrus' "Some Gave All" had its 17-week streak at the top ended by Garth Brooks' "The Chase."