Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart acheivements of Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, B2K, and Kid Rock.
'HAVE' AND THE HAVE-NOTS: There were a lot of contenders for the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 this week, more than in most weeks. "Bump, Bump, Bump" (T.U.G./Epic) by B2K could have collected a second week on top. Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" (RCA), at No. 2, was the most likely song to advance to No. 1, but instead it fell to No. 3. Justin Timberlake had momentum on his side, as he had raced 8-3 with "Cry Me a River" (Jive). But "Cry" fell 3-6.
So while those songs are the have-nots, the new No. 1 is "All I Have" (Epic), the fourth chart-topper for Jennifer Lopez. It's the first No. 1 on this tally for her guest artist, LL Cool J. It also keeps pole position in the hands of Epic Records.
This is the earliest in the calendar year we've had two No. 1 hits since 2000. That year, "What a Girl Wants" by Aguilera was the first song to move to No. 1, and "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden was the second, the week of Jan. 29. In 2001, Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" was the first new No. 1 of the year, and Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" was the second, the week of Feb. 17. Last year, "Always on Time" by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti was the first new No. 1, and "Ain't It Funny" by Lopez and Ja Rule was the second, the week of March 9.
In the last five years, only two solo female artists have had four No. 1 hits on the Hot 100: Lopez and Aguilera. Since January 1998, Mariah Carey has had three chart-toppers, as has Monica. Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Brandy, and Ashanti have each had two.
In an odd coincidence, all four of Lopez' No. 1 hits have begun with vowels: "If You Had My Love," "I'm Real," "Ain't It Funny," and "All I Have." Buying a vowel isn't a guarantee of success for Lopez: "I'm Gonna Be Alright" peaked at No. 10 in June 2002.
Finally, "All I Have" has a lot to live up to. Lopez' first two No. 1 hits remained on top for five weeks each, while "Ain't It Funny" had a six-week reign.
'BUMP' DUMPED: It's not impossible that B2K's "Bump, Bump, Bump" will return to No. 1. But if it doesn't, it will be the first Hot 100 chart-topper to spend a lone week on top since the last week in March 2001, when "Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon had a one-week visit to pole position. There were no one-week No. 1 songs in 2002; "Always on Time" by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti and "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson both remained on top for two weeks.
THE KID STAYS IN THE 'PICTURE': In its 62nd week on The Billboard 200, Kid Rock's "Cocky" (Lava) rebounds to No. 7, its previous peak position, achieved during its very first week on the chart. The album debuted at No. 7 the week of Dec. 8, 2001.
In the last few weeks, "Cocky" has rebounded 53-38-24-15-7. The resurgence has been fueled by the success of Kid Rock's duet with Sheryl Crow (or Allison Moorer) on "Picture," the captivating song that is the best-selling single for the third week. Wait -- the single is selling, and the album is selling? Interesting.
On the Hot 100, "Picture" is developing into a major hit, as it reaches a new peak position of No. 16.