Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Mariah Carey, Cher, JC Chasez, LL Cool J, and 50 Cent.
'THROUGH' NOT THROUGH YET: The release of a commercial single sends Mariah Carey's "Through the Rain" (MonarC/Island) back onto Billboard's Hot 100. Had the single sold enough copies, it could have made history by re-entering inside the top-10. But that possibility evaporated when the single sold far fewer copies than expected. "Rain" returns at No. 84, lower than its No. 81 peak, set just a few weeks ago.
The good news for Carey is that despite the small number of singles sold, "Through the Rain" enters the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart at No. 1. It's her first chart-topper on this tally since "Loverboy" spent four weeks in pole position in August 2001.
On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, "Through the Rain" debuts at No. 69. "Rain" is one of two Carey singles to open on the R&B survey this week. Debuting just one place below "Rain" is the latest track from Carey's "Charmbracelet" to be promoted to radio. "Boy (I Need You)," featuring Cam'ron, which is new at No. 70.
'MONEY' TALKS: Mariah Carey isn't the only solo female artist debuting in the top-10 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart this week. Cher is new at No. 7 with "When the Money's Gone," issued on Warner Bros. even though Cher is no longer signed to the label.
This is the third single in a row from the "Living Proof" album to appear on this sales chart. "Song for the Lonely" debuted and peaked at No. 7 the week of April 5, 2002, and "A Different Kind of Love Song" debuted and peaked at No. 11 the week of Aug. 31, 2002.
On the Hot Dance Music: Maxi-Singles Sales chart, "When the Money's Gone" is new at No. 2, runner-up to another Warner Bros. single, Madonna's "Die Another Day."
'BLOWIN'' AWAY: JC Chasez becomes the second member of 'N Sync to reach the top-40 portion of Billboard's Hot 100 as a solo artist. His single "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)" (Fox/Jive) marches 45-40, joining fellow group member Justin Timberlake inside the top-40. Timberlake peaked at No. 3 with his current hit, "Cry Me a River," the follow-up to "Like I Love You," which went to No. 11.
PERFECT '10': LL Cool J's album "10" (Def Jam) has been reissued and now includes the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100, "All I Have," the Jennifer Lopez song that features the rapper as a guest artist. That helps propel the album back up the chart. "10," which debuted in its peak position of No. 2 the week of Nov. 2, 2002, rebounds 84-9 this week. That 75-point move is the biggest hike on the chart since the week of Dec. 12, 2002, when the soundtrack to "Disney's Lilo & Stitch" rocketed 105 places, 161-56.
'CAN'T' BUYS HIM LOVE: Last week I mentioned that rapper 50 Cent had four songs on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. But that's old news, as "If I Can't" (G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) debuts at No. 68, giving 50 Cent a new total of five songs on this chart.
That's not the most hits any artist has had on this tally at the same time. Jay-Z once had seven different titles on the chart. Ja Rule, R. Kelly, Juvenile, and DMX have all had six songs chart simultaneously, and 50 Cent should join that list next week, as another track from his No. 1 album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" looks likely to debut.