Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of the Chi-Lites, Jeffrey Osborne, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," Michael McDonald, Michelle Branch and Jimmy Buffett.
ON THE RECORD: If you find a greatest hits collection by the Chicago-based R&B quartet the Chi-Lites, and listen to the 1970 recording "Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)," it may sound familiar. That's because the song, written by Chi-Lites charter member Eugene Record, is sampled in the brand-new No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, "Crazy in Love" (Columbia) by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z.
Because of the sample, Record is one of four writers listed in the credits for "Crazy in Love." It's the second No. 1 song for Record on the Hot 100. The first was the Chi-Lites "Oh Girl" in May 1972. That gives Record a span of 31 years, one month, and two weeks of No. 1 hits as a composer, good enough for sixth place among songwriters with the longest spans of Hot 100 chart-toppers.
BACK ON THE CHART AGAIN: From the time he made his chart debut in 1976, Jeffrey Osborne had at least one song enter Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks every year through 1991. His last solo effort to chart was "The Morning After I Made Love To You," which reached No. 24 in the summer of 1991. This week, Osborne returns with "Rest of Our Lives" (Jay Oz/Koch), his first chart single on his own in 11 years and 11 months.
Osborne went solo in 1982 after handling lead vocals for the North Carolina-based group, L.T.D.
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH: Exactly two years ago this week, the soundtrack to the first "Charlie's Angels" movie spent its final week on The Billboard 200 at No. 188, The CD debuted at No. 15 the week of Nov. 11, 2000. The sequel, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (Columbia), had a lower first-week box office total, but the soundtrack opens slightly better, entering the chart at No. 14. The soundtrack to the first movie eventually spent one week in the top-10, peaking at No. 7.
MOTOWN MAN: Exactly 13 years ago, Michael McDonald's third solo album, "Take It to Heart," peaked at No. 110 on The Billboard 200. That was McDonald's last chart album until this week. His latest set, "Motown" (Motown), is new at No. 78. Powered by airplay on a cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Motown" is McDonald's highest-charting album since his second solo effort, "No Lookin' Back," went to No. 45 in October 1985.
'PAPER' TRAIL: It's no "heartbreak" for Michelle Branch, as her "Hotel Paper" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) enters The Billboard 200 at No. 2. That far surpasses the No. 97 debut (in September 2001) and No. 28 peak (in April 2002) of her first chart album, "The Spirit Room."
LATITUDES DANCING: The man who once sang about a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and actually sells them in a restaurant chain is back on the Hot 100. Jimmy Buffett has his highest-charting song since "Fins" went to No. 35 in 1979, thanks to his collaboration with Alan Jackson on "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." That Arista album track rises 53-45.