Chart news on Crowded House/Sixpence None The Richer, Kid Rock, and 50 Cent
THEY HAVE A 'DREAM': Sixteen years ago this week, the song "Don't Dream It's Over" took a six-point hike to No. 14 on the Hot 100. It was the first chart entry for Crowded House, an Australian/New Zealand trio formed by ex-members of Split Enz, Neil Finn and Paul Hester. The single, penned by Finn, peaked at No. 2 the week of April 25.
This week, "Don't Dream It's Over" is back on the Hot 100, in an update by Sixpence None The Richer. Their Squint-Curb/Reprise single enters at No. 84, one place higher than the debut position of the Crowded House original.
'PICTURE' LASTS LONGER: Last week, "Picture" (Lava/Atlantic or Universal South) became Kid Rock's first top-10 song on the Billboard Hot 100. In its 17th chart week, the track continues to move up the chart and is a hairbreadth away from being the artist's first top-5 hit. "Picture," featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer, jumps 10-6. It's the third Kid Rock title to appear on the tally. "Cowboy" only reached No. 82 in October 1999 and "Only God Knows Why" went to No. 19 in April 2000.
"Picture" is Sheryl Crow's third-highest ranked song. "All I Wanna Do" peaked at No. 2 in 1994, and "Strong Enough" had enough stamina to go to No. 5 in 1995. The song marks the first appearance on the Hot 100 for Allison Moorer.
'CLUB' PLAY: There are competing versions of "In Da Club" on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, as a downloadable version by Beyonce Knowles received enough airplay to enter at No. 73, while the original by 50 Cent remains No. 1 for the sixth week. Some radio stations have created their own mix of "In Da Club" featuring both 50 Cent and Knowles. As per the same rules that apply to mix-shows, airplay of this version is credited to both artists.
There's more "Club" news, as the song "Hooked" by Mary J. Blige featuring P. Diddy is getting early airplay. This track takes the musical hook from "In Da Club" and adds new lyrics. And if that isn't enough clubbin', then there's Bubba Sparxx' comical "In Da Mud."
METHOD OF MODERN CHARTING: We have Stephen Pisani of Welland, Ontario, Canada, to thank for this one. He's been keeping a close eye on the Modern Rock Tracks chart over the years, and he's watched songs enter at almost every position. When the chart expanded from 30 to 40 positions the week of Sept. 10, 1994, songs had entered at every position except No. 1 and No. 2.
Two weeks after that expansion, R.E.M. debuted at No. 1 with "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" But it's taken eight-and-a-half years to complete the picture. Last week, Linkin Park entered the Modern survey at No. 2 with "Somewhere I Belong" (Warner Bros.).