Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Eminem and Norah Jones.
YOU WIN SOME, YOU 'LOSE' SOME: Time to rewrite the chart history books. Eminem holds on to the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 for an 11th week, placing "Lose Yourself" (Shady/Interscope) among the top-14 songs of the rock era, when using highest position and weeks at highest position as criteria.
"Lose Yourself" also becomes the longest-running No. 1 song of the class of 2002, passing Ashanti's "Foolish" and Nelly and Kelly Rowland's "Dilemma." Both had 10-week reigns. "Lose Yourself" has a clear lead over the longest-running No. 1 of 2001, Janet Jackson's "All for You," which ruled for seven weeks. "Lose Yourself" is tied with "Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child as the longest-running No. 1 of this millennium. To find a longer reign in pole position, you'd have to go back to the 12-week run of "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas at the end of 1999.
Here are the songs that have been No. 1 for 11 weeks or longer in the rock era:
"One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (1995)
"I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston (1992)
"I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men (1994)
"Macarena" (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio (1996)
"Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John (1997)
"End of the Road," Boyz II Men (1992)
"The Boy Is Mine," Brandy & Monica (1998)
"Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas (1999)
"Don't Be Cruel" / "Hound Dog," Elvis Presley (1956)
"I Swear," All-4-One (1994)
"Un-Break My Heart," Toni Braxton (1996)
"I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 (1997)
"Independent Women Part I," Destiny's Child (2000)
"Lose Yourself," Eminem (2002)
ALL THAT JAZZ: In its 45th week on The Billboard 200, Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Capitol) takes a dramatic five-point jump to land at No. 2, a new peak position for the debut album by the jazz artist. Considering the impressive number of Grammy nominations Jones received this week (five, tied for the lead with seven other artists), she could easily find herself sitting on top of the album chart next week. That would make her the first jazz artist to have a No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since December 1994, when Kenny G's "Miracles - The Holiday Album" spent three non-consecutive weeks in pole position.
If "Come Away With Me" does reach No. 1, it will be the first album to move into the top spot, instead of debuting there, since the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" reached the ultimate rung in its 63rd chart week in March 2002.