CHART BEAT CHAT

Fred Bronson discusses Kevin Lyttle, Gretchen Wilson and Fantasia with readers.

WHEN WILL IT BE ALISON'S TURN?

Fred,

I recently went to the Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles where I bought the CD single "Turn Me On" by Kevin Lyttle and Alison Hinds. How come Billboard isn't charting this single as Kevin Lyttle featuring Spragga Benz or Alison Hinds? Has there been an error or am I just missing something here?

Thanks,

Raul A. Garcia, Jr.

Dear Raul,

Since there hasn't been a CD single of "Turn Me On" released in the U.S., you must have purchased an import copy. Sales of imports aren't eligible for Billboard charts, which only include domestic sales. With no sales and no airplay in the U.S., the version of "Turn Me On" that features Alison Hinds wouldn't have any opportunity to chart.



AND SHE'LL CHART IF SHE WANTS TO

Fred,

According to Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated Sept. 11, Gretchen Wilson makes a move of 10-7 with "Here for the Party." If she can take the "Party" to No. 1, then she would become the first female solo artist to top the country chart with her first two singles since Jamie O'Neal did it with "There Is No Arizona" (Feb. 17, 2001) and "When I Think About Angels" (Aug. 4, 2001).

John Maverick
Omaha, Neb.

Dear John,

Good observation. We'll be keeping an eye on "Here for the Party" to see if it reaches the same peak position as Gretchen Wilson's debut hit, "Redneck Woman." As you have probably noticed by now, "Here for the Party" moves 7-4 this week.

On the Hot 100, "Party" crawls up to No. 40. That means you'll be hearing the song on "The Billboard Radio Countdown" for the week ending Sept. 18, posted at billboardradio.com on Sept. 13.



...8...9...10: YOU'RE OUT!

Hey Fred,

Love your column. I consider myself a chart buff, so see if I'm right or if you have a more correct answer. I just saw that Fantasia's "I Believe" dropped from 88 to 98 in her 10th week on Billboard's Hot 100. This ties the Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" for the shortest amount of total weeks by a No. 1 on the Hot 100 with 10, if Fantasia falls off next week. Was there a song that spent less time [on the chart]?

A footnote for those who like meaningless trivia is that "Can't Buy Me Love" still holds the record for the shortest amount of weeks on the Hot 100 outside of the top spot. It spent just five short weeks on the chart in positions other than No. 1.

Best regards,

Terry W. Hill
Ogden, Utah

Dear Terry,

No Hot 100 No. 1 song has spent less than 10 weeks on the chart, but "Can't Buy Me Love" and "I Believe" aren't the only two chart-toppers to have chart lives that only ran 10 weeks.

In 1965, there were three No. 1 songs that completed their visits to the Hot 100 in a mere 10 weeks: "I Hear a Symphony" by the Supremes, "Eight Days a Week" by the Beatles and "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" by Herman's Hermits.

The following year, "Paperback Writer" by the Beatles was only on the chart for 10 weeks. In 1967, it was the Beatles' "Penny Lane" that only lasted 10 weeks. Finally, in 1970, the Beatles' two-sided "The Long and Winding Road" / "For You Blue" became their fifth single to disappear from the Hot 100 after 10 weeks.

Before someone asks, the song at the opposite end of this statistic is "Macarena" (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los Del Rio, which was on the Hot 100 for 60 weeks, or longer than the five Beatles songs put together.