CHART BEAT BONUS

Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Mary J. Blige, Johnnie Taylor and Clay Aiken.

MUCH O' BLIGE: Mary J. Blige collects her 15th top-10 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, as her latest song "Love at 1st Sight" (Geffen) leaps 19-10. Blige has racked up this assortment of top-10 hits in 11 years, two months, and two weeks. She made her first appearance on this chart the week of May 2, 1992, ith "You Remind Me," which was also her first No. 1 hit.

Here are Blige's top-10 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart hits:

• "You Remind Me" (No. 1, 1992)
• "Real Love" (No. 1, 1992)
• "Reminisce" (No. 6, 1993)
• "Love No Limit" (No. 5, 1993)
• "Be Happy" (No. 6, 1994)
• "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need To Get By," Method Man featuring Blige (No. 1, 1995)
• "Not Gon' Cry" (No. 1, 1996)
• "I Can Love You" (No. 2, 1997)
• "Everything" (No. 5, 1997)
• "All That I Can Say" (No. 6, 1999)
• "Deep Inside" (No. 9, 2000)
• "911," Wyclef Jean featuring Blige (No. 6, 2000)
• "Family Affair" (No. 1, 2001)
• "Rainy Dayz" featuring Ja Rule (No. 8, 2002)
• "Love at 1st Sight" featuring Method Man (No. 10 [to date], 2003)


WHO'S MAKING HITS: An album by the late Johnnie Taylor debuts at No. 30 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, matching the peak position of Taylor's most recent chart title, "Gotta Get the Groove Back," from 2000. "There's No Good in Goodbye" (Malaco) is thus tied with "Gotta Get the Groove Back" as the highest-ranked album by Taylor since his "Good Love" went to No. 15 in 1996.

Taylor began his chart career with a string of hit albums on the legendary Stax label out of Memphis. He made his R&B album chart debut the week of April 22, 1967, with "Wanted: One Soul Singer," which reached No. 26. Two years later, he went to No. 5 with "Who's Making Love," named for his hit single from 1968.

After Stax, Taylor signed with Columbia and earned the first platinum single ever awarded, with "Disco Lady." That song's parent album, "Eargasm," was Taylor's only No. 1 album on the R&B tally.

Taylor was 62 when he died of a heart attack on May 31, 2000.


BOTH SIDES NOW: Clay Aiken occupies two positions on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as "This Is the Night" (RCA) moves up 20-19, and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" re-enters at No. 29.

This is the third time that "Bridge" has charted on the AC tally. The original by Simon and Garfunkel was a hit 33 years ago, spending six weeks at No. 1. One year later, Aretha Franklin's version peaked at No. 40.