"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson's chart-based stories on the Blue Note label and Norah Jones; 'N Syncer gone solo Justin Timberlake; the Hot 100 triumphs of Ja Rule, Ashanti, and Nelly; and Daryl
DULY NOTED: One of the most revered jazz labels in the world, the Blue Note imprint is actually older than the Billboard album chart. The label was founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. So it's very impressive that after 63 years, Blue Note has its first top-10 title on The Billboard 200.
Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" makes chart history, as it climbs 13-10 in its 26th chart week.
THIS JUSTIN: Breaking away from 'N Sync, Justin Timberlake garners Hot Shot Debut honors on Billboard's Hot 100 with his first solo single. "Like I Love You" (Jive) opens at No. 67 on the chart dated Sept. 7, 2002.
Exactly 43 years ago this week, on the Hot 100 dated Sept. 7, 1959, there was another song titled "Like I Love You" on the survey. It was the second single to chart for actor Edd Byrnes, who portrayed Kookie on the popular TV series "77 Sunset Strip." Byrnes' "Like I Love You" was the follow-up to his No. 4 hit, "Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)," which featured actress/singer Connie Stevens.
JUST THE THREE OF THEM: Nine months into 2002, there's something unusual about the list of songs that have reached No. 1 on the Hot 100. Every song to advance to pole position this calendar year features at least one of three artists: Ja Rule, Ashanti, or Nelly.
For the last 11 weeks, Nelly has been on top, first with "Hot in Herre" for seven weeks, and then with "Dilemma," which is in its fourth week at No. 1. The only other songs to move to No. 1 this year are "Always on Time" by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti, "Ain't It Funny" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule, and "Foolish" by Ashanti. "Dilemma" features guest artist Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child.
26, 26, 1: Here are some amazing numbers: Daryl Hall and John Oates have been charting on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for 26 years, dating back to the debut of "Sara Smile" in April 1976. In those 26 years, they have had 26 chart entries. But only one of those 26 has gone to No. 1. That would be their current hit, "Do It for Love" (Arista/RCA/BMG Heritage), which jumps 3-1 this week to become the duo's first-ever AC chart-topper. Hall and Oates' previous best on the AC chart was "Everything Your Heart Desires," a No. 2 hit in 1988.