CHART BEAT BONUS
Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart escapades of Green Day, 'Princess Diaries,' Prince and Terror Squad.GREEN'S DAY HAS COME: It might be difficult to believe, but 10 years after scoring its first hit, Green Day finally makes its debut on Billboard's Hot 100.
The band from Berkeley, Calif., had 11 chart entries on Hot 100 Airplay between 1994 and 1998. But since all 11 were album cuts that weren't released as commercial singles, chart rules that existed at the time meant the tracks weren't eligible for the Hot 100.
Chart policy changed in December 1998 to allow album tracks on the chart, but it has taken almost six more years for Green Day to make its debut. "American Idiot" (Reprise) is a new entry at No. 77.
On the Modern Rock Tracks chart, where Green Day racked up 16 chart entries between 1994 and 2001, "American Idiot" is the group's highest debut, bowing at No. 10. Previously, "Geek Stink Breath" was the highest new entry for Green Day, opening at No. 12 the week of Oct. 7, 1995.
In its first week on the Modern tally, "American Idiot" is Green Day's 13th top 10 hit, and the first since "Warning" went to No. 3 the week of Jan. 27, 2001.
HER ROYAL MAJESTY: Three years ago this month, the soundtrack to "The Princess Diaries" debuted on The Billboard 200 at No. 84. Two weeks later, the album peaked at No. 41.
The sequel to the film has produced a much more popular soundtrack. With tracks like "I Decide" by Lindsay Lohan and "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson, "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" (Walt Disney) enters the chart at No. 27.
THE PRINCE DIARY: After a gap of almost five years, Prince is back on Billboard's Hot 100. "Call My Name" (MPG) enters at No. 75, the first Prince song to appear on the chart since "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold," which peaked at No. 63 the week of Nov. 13, 1999.
That means Prince has started his second quarter-century on the Hot 100. He made his debut the week of Nov. 4, 1978, with "Soft and Wet," which stopped at No. 92. Prince now has a chart span of 25 years, nine months and two weeks.
'EVERYTHING' IS EVERYTHING: Debuting just one rung higher than Prince (see above) is another artist who has been away from Billboard's Hot 100 for a long stretch of time. Anita Baker's "You're My Everything" (Blue Note) is her first chart entry in nine-and-a-half years.
The songstress began her chart career with "Sweet Love," which debuted on the Hot 100 18 years ago this week in the same position as "You're My Everything," No. 74. "Sweet Love" peaked at No. 8 and was Baker's biggest hit until "Giving You the Best That I Got" reached No. 3 the week of Dec. 17, 1988.
'BACK' TO FRONT: Terror Squad's "Lean Back" (SRC/Universal) is the eighth song to advance to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2004. That means the turnover rate for chart-toppers is just slightly faster than last year. The eighth No. 1 of 2003 was "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee. That song from the "Bad Boys II" soundtrack moved to No. 1 the week of Sept. 6.
This year's rate is much speedier than the turnover in 2002, when there were only seven No. 1 songs for the entire year. But in this corresponding week of 2001, Alicia Keys' "Fallin'" became the 10th No. 1 of the calendar year.
With "Lean Back" in its first week in pole position, there have been four consecutive No. 1 songs that have not gone beyond the two-week mark on top. That's the longest stretch of short-lived No. 1 hits since the summer of 2000, when "Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon, "Bent" by matchbox twenty, "It's Gonna Be Me" by 'N Sync and "Incomplete" by Sisqo all had one or two week reigns.