CHART BEAT BONUS
Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Liz Phair, Stacie Orrico, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, Nelly, P. Diddy and 3 Doors Down.PHAIR GROUND: After almost nine years, Liz Phair has to give up her status as a one-hit wonder on Billboard's Hot 100. She was signed to Matador/Atlantic when "Supernova" peaked at No. 78 the week of Nov. 26, 1994. That single was her only chart entry until now. Currently signed to Capitol, Phair debuts at No. 76 with "Why Can't I." So she not only loses her one-hit wonder tag, she surpasses the peak position of "Supernova."
Phair isn't the only artist yielding her one-hit wonder status this week. Stacie Orrico only had to wait a few months to achieve her second chart entry. She peaked at No. 52 the week of June 14 with "Stuck." Now she enters at No. 84 with "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" (Forefront/Virgin).
It's a good week for new entries by female artists on the Hot 100. Two other women debut with their third singles. Kelly Clarkson opens at No. 74 with "Low" (RCA), following "A Moment Like This" and "Miss Independent." Dido is new at No. 75 with "White Flag" (Arista), following "Stan" (as the featured artist with Eminem) and "Thank You."
JACKSON AND BUFFETT'S 'THINKIN'' PROBLEM: Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (Arista) extends its stay in the pole position on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart to seven weeks. That ties Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" as the longest-running country No. 1 of 2003. If Jackson and Buffett can remain on top one more week, they will have the longest-running No. 1 on this chart since Lonestar's "Amazed" had an eight-week reign in 1999.
Jackson and Buffett may not last one more frame, as they have a strong challenger in newcomer Dierks Bentley. His very first chart entry, "What Was I Thinkin'" (Capitol), is up this week 3-2. If "Thinkin'" moves up a notch next week, it will be the first No. 1 by a debut artist in 2003. Bentley already has the highest-ranked song by a debut artist this year. Until "Thinkin'" came along, that honor fell to Jimmy Wayne's "Stay Gone," which reached No. 3 in July.
PLENTY OF NELLY: There's a new No. 1 song on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, as "Shake Ya Tailfeather" (Bad Boy) by Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee assumes command. It's Nelly's fifth chart-topper on this list, the fourth for Diddy and the first for Lee.
Nelly has more No. 1 titles than any other male artist in the history of this chart, and is tied with Mariah Carey and TLC, who also have five No. 1s each. Diddy is tied for second place among all artists, with Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez.
FIVE FOR THREE: The group 3 Doors Down achieves its fourth top-40 hit on Billboard's Hot 100, as "Here Without You" (Republic/Universal) advances 46-40. "Here" is the follow-up to "When I'm Gone," which peaked at No. 4 in April.
The first 3 Doors Down song to chart, "Kryptonite," is the band's highest-ranked song to date, with a No. 3 peak in November 2000. The follow-up to that hit was "Loser," which proved to be one, stopping at No. 55 in December 2000. "Be Like That" went to No. 24 in November 2001.