Fred Bronson reports on the latest Billboard chart achievements of Evanescence, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 3 Doors Down, the Dixie Chicks, and Mariah Carey, as well as notes on Massive Attack, t.A.T.u., a
'LIFE' GOES ON: Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart is one of the most male-dominated surveys compiled by Billboard, runner-up only to the Mainstream Rock Tracks taly. That's because the rock formats play mostly songs by male recording artists. So it's noteworthy that Little Rock, Arkansas-based quartet Evanescence jumps 11-6 on the Modern chart with "Bring Me To Life." The vocals of lead singer Amy Lee make this the first top-10 hit to feature a lead vocal by a female since No Doubt's "Ex-Girlfriend" reached the top-10 the week of Feb. 11, 2000.
"Bring Me To Life" is included in the Wind-Up soundtrack to "Daredevil," and has been heard the last few weeks on the WWE's televised wrestling shows, as well as the WWE's "No Way Out" pay-per-view event.
'CAN'T STOP' THE MUSIC: There's more news on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Can't Stop" (Warner Bros.) by Red Hot Chili Peppers advances 2-1 to become the group's eighth chart-topper on the tally. That's more Modern No. 1 titles than any other act has amassed. The Peppers had been tied with U2, which now falls to second place with seven No. 1 songs to its credit.
IT ALL ADDS UP FOR THREE: Here's one more rock item, though it comes from Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "When I'm Gone" (Republic/Universal) is on top of that list for a 15th week. That means 3 Doors Down is the first act to have two Mainstream songs remain No. 1 for 15 weeks or more. "Loser" was No. 1 for 21 weeks in 2000. The group's first No. 1 hit, "Kryptonite," ruled for nine weeks earlier that year. The follow-up to "Loser," "Duck and Run," was in pole position for three weeks.
Thanks to their three chart-topping songs, 3 Doors Down have accumulated 48 weeks at No. 1, sending them into first place among acts with the most weeks on top of the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Falling to second place is Collective Soul, with a cumulative total of 47 weeks at No. 1.
SECONDS: The Dixie Chicks collect their third No. 2 hit of the last eight months, as "Travelin' Soldier" (Monument) marches 6-2 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. "Long Time Gone" peaked in second place in August 2002 and "Landslide" matched that peak position in November 2002.
If "Solider" can advance to No. 1, it will be the first Dixie Chicks songs to top this chart since "Without You" in January 2001. "Soldier" would be the trio's sixth No. 1, out of 22 chart entries.
On the Hot 100, "Landslide" reaches a new peak position, as it glides 10-7, fueled by sales of a newly released commercial single. That equals the highest position the women have reached on the Hot 100; "Long Time Gone" went to No. 7 in August 2002. "Travelin' Soldier" is up to No. 26 on the Hot 100.
NEW TERRITORY: Mariah Carey makes her first appearance on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart as "I Know What You Want" (J/MonarC) enters at No. 16. The song is credited to Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey featuring the Flipmode Squad.
On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, "I Know What You Want" leaps 38-27. That's Carey's highest position since "Loverboy" went to No. 1 in August 2001.
"I Know What You Want" earns Hot Shot Debut honors on the Hot 100, where it opens at No. 57. It's also the highest-ranking Carey song on this chart since "Loverboy," which peaked at No. 2 in August 2001.
'WINDOW' WASHES OUT: Last week, "100th Window" (Virgin) by Massive Attack was the No. 1 album in the U.K. This week, it plunges to No. 9. Steve Young of Hull, England, notes that this ties the fifth biggest drop from pole position in the history of the British albums chart. Young provides a list of the biggest falls from No. 1:
1. "Wu-Tang Forever," Wu-Tang Clan (1-14 on June 21, 1997)
2. "Kid A," Radiohead (1-13 on Oct. 28, 2000)
3. "Jam," Little Angels (1-12 on Feb. 13, 1993)
4. "Coming Up," Suede (1-10 on Sept. 21, 1996)
5. "Doubt," Jesus Jones (1-9 on Feb. 16, 1991)
5. "U.F.Orb," The Orb (1-9 on July 25, 1992)
5. "Walthamstow," East 17 (1-9 on March 6, 1993)
5. "No Angel," Dido (1-9 on Oct. 13, 2001)
5. "The Last Broadcast," Doves (1-9 on May 25, 2002)
5. "100th Window," Massive Attack (1-9 on March 1, 2003)
'THINGS' THEY SAID TODAY: There's more British chart news, thanks to Steve Young. While in the U.S. teen Russian duo t.A.T.u. continues a slow climb on the Hot 100 with "All the Things She Said" (rising 23-22 this week), the single is No. 1 for the fourth week in the U.K. There have been seven No. 1 singles by female duos in the history of the U.K. chart, which was first compiled in November 1952. Only three of those pairings have resulted in songs that remained in pole position for four weeks or more. The other two are "I Know Him So Well," the song from "Chess" recorded by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson. That single had a four-week reign in 1985. Seven years later, Shakespear's Sister dominated the list for eight weeks with the appropriately titled "Stay."
RE: DO: There's more international chart news, thanks to Jochen Tierbach, who normally reports about the Swiss and German charts. This week, Tierbach noticed something unusual in the Dutch top 10. The remake of Bryan Adams' "Heaven" by Spanish act DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do, which has already been a hit in many countries, drops 4-7 this week. The single was already a hit in the Netherlands, peaking at No. 12 in March 2002. The fact that Do is actually 20-year-old Dutch vocalist Dominique van Hulst didn't hurt the song's fortunes in her native country.
The original CD single in Holland featured an acoustic piano mix, titled "Yanou's Candlelight Mix." That mix gained enough popularity to be released as its own single, and it entered the chart at the beginning of 2003 and peaked last week at No. 4.
Meanwhile, van Hulst recorded her own version of "Heaven." Her single rises to No. 6 on the current Dutch singles chart, placing the two versions back-to-back. They are the highest-charting versions of "Heaven" in Holland, as Adams' original recording never charted.
Tierbach points out this is the first time two versions of the same song have been in the Dutch top-10 since 1999, when "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)" by Lou Bega and novelty version "Mambo No. 6" by Ome Henk were in the top-10 at the same time. Henk's version was in Dutch and featured different lyrics.