CHART BEAT BONUS
Chart-based stories on Dirty Vegas, Craig David, Jennifer Lopez, and Tom Waits.THE BRITISH ARE COMING BACK! THE BRITISH ARE COMING BACK!: Last month, Craig David's "7 Days" exited the Hot 100 and ended a 38-year streak of at least one U.K. artist appearing on the chart every week. Only two U.K.-less weeks went by, and then a second run began, thanks to the debut of Dirty Vegas' "Days Gone By," a U.K. hit now being heard in the U.S. on a popular Mitsubishi TV commercial for the Eclipse automobile.
Now, there are two Brits on the Hot 100, as Craig David returns with his third song to chart. "Walking Away" (Wildstar/Atlantic) is new at No. 62.
ALONE AGAIN OR: Remember when Jennifer Lopez was a solo artist? Her recent singles have all been collaborations, with Ja Rule or Nas. But this week Lopez debuts on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart all by herself. "Alive" (Epic) is new at No. 26. The ballad is heard in her new film, "Enough."
It's too bad that Lopez' latest Hot 100 entry, "I'm Gonna Be Alright," is her eighth song to appear on the chart. Otherwise, eighth would have been "Enough."
THE WAITS: Tom Waits collects the second and third highest-ranked albums of his career this week with his new Anti- releases, "Blood Money" at No. 32 and "Alice" right behind at No. 33.
Waits' highest-charting album was his first for Epitaph's Anti- imprint, "Mule Variations," which went to No. 30 in May 1999. He had 11 chart albums before "Mule Variations," but only two of them cracked the top-100 portion of the 200-position chart: "Small Change" reached No. 89 in 1976 and "Heartattack and Vine" went to No. 96 in 1980.