Chart-based stories on Brian Adams, Elvis Presley, "Lilo & Stitch," and Nelly.
WHAT MAKES SAMMY CHART?: While Bryan Adams has saved most of the songs he has written for himself, nine other acts have charted on Billboard's Hot 100 with songs composed by the Canadian rocker. The latest is DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do, whose remake of Adams' "Heaven" (Robbins) is ascending the chart rapidly, bulleting 38-25 this week.
DJ Sammy is a disc jockey and producer from Spain who was the force behind the duo Loona, which had chart success across Europe with "Bailando." Loona is No. 1 on this week's Spanish singles chart with "Viva El Amor" (Vale/Universal).
Bryan Adams first charted on the Hot 100 in 1982 with "Lonely Nights," which peaked at No. 84. The first of Adams' songs to chart by another artist was "Dangerous," a No. 65 hit for fellow Canadian act Loverboy in 1985. The following year, Tina Turner recorded "It's Only Love" as a duet with Adams; the collaboration went to No. 15. In 1993, Turner faltered at No. 97 with a solo recording of Adams' "Why Must We Wait Until Tonight."
While the Adams/Turner duet was charting, Roger Daltrey took another Adams' song, "Let Me Down Easy," to No. 86. Later in 1986, Rod Stewart peaked at No. 52 with Adams' "Another Heartache." Eight years later, Adams and Stewart formed a one-off trio with Sting for a No. 1 hit, "All for Love."
At the end of 1995, Bonnie Raitt teamed up with Adams on "Rock Steady," which stopped at No. 73. Adams duetted with Barbra Streisand on a No. 8 hit, "I Finally Found Someone," in 1996. The eighth act to chart with an Adams song was Lonestar. The country outfit made the Hot 100 for the first time with "You Walked In," an Adams/Robert John "Mutt" Lange composition that went to No. 93 in 1997.
That was Adams' most recent appearance on the Hot 100 as a songwriter until the debut of DJ Sammy's "Heaven" the week of June 1. This new version is now the most successful remake of a Bryan Adams hit.
"Heaven" is also performing well on other Billboard charts. The single is in its second week at No. 1 on the Hot Dance Music: Maxi-Singles Sales tally, and bullets 7-2 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.
SPEAKING OF ELVIS: It's too early for "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis (Presley) vs. JXL (RCA) to chart in the U.S., but a collection of Elvis songs is sitting atop one Billboard chart. "Disney's Lilo & Stitch" (Walt Disney) which, as previously reported by Billboard.com, includes original Presley recordings as well as the A*Teens' interpretation of "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Wynonna's update of "Burning Love," jumps 7-1 on the Top Soundtracks tally.
That makes "Lilo & Stitch" the first soundtrack to an animated film to top this chart since it was initiated a year ago, in the issue of Billboard cover-dated June 30, 2001. "Lilo & Stitch" is the ninth soundtrack to reach pole position on Top Soundtracks, following in the footsteps of "Moulin Rouge," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Glitter," "The Fast and the Furious," "Rush Hour 2," "American Pie 2," "The Scorpion King," and "Spider-Man."
Before the victory lap of "Lilo & Stitch," the highest-ranked soundtrack to an animated film on the Top Soundtracks survey was "Shrek" (DreamWorks), which peaked at No. 2. That album is still in the top-10, holding at No. 8. On The Billboard 200, "Lilo & Stitch" makes its bid for the top-10, catapulting 57-16.
COUNTRY GRAMMAR AND SPELLING: William Simpson of Los Angeles points out that Nelly's "Hot in Herre" joins the ranks of other misspelled No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot 100, such as M's "Pop Muzik" and Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."
Simpson adds that Nelly seems to have a knack for spelling and grammar faux pas, as evidenced by prior hits "Ride Wit Me" and "Where the Party At." Fitting for a man whose debut album was titled "Country Grammar."