Chart-based stories on David Cassidy, Ashanti, and Garth Brooks.
D.C. TALK: Just in time to mark the 30th anniversary of his solo debut on the Billboard album chart, David Cassidy enters The Billboard 200 at No. 147 with "Then and Now" (UTV/Decca). It's the fourth solo Cassidy album to appear on the chart. The first was "Cherish," which peaked at No. 15 in 1972. Later that year, "Rock Me Baby" peaked at No. 41. Cassidy's third solo chart entry occurred 18 years later with an eponymously-titled set that went to No. 136 in 1990.
Before he recorded solo albums, Cassidy was on the chart as lead singer for the TV-based group the Partridge Family with his stepmother, Shirley Jones. The fictional band's first LP was "The Partridge Family Album," which debuted on the chart the week of Oct. 31, 1970, ultimately peaking at No. 4. The follow-up, "Up to Date," was the outfit's most successful chart entry, reaching No. 3 in 1971. Seven Partridge family albums charted in all, ending with "Crossword Puzzle," which stalled at No. 167 in a five-week run that began the week of July 7, 1973.
HALF-DOZEN OF ANOTHER: This week Ashanti hits the five-week mark at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 with "Foolish" (Murder Inc./Def Jam). If the song concludes its reign next week, it will be the fifth song since last summer to rule the tally for six weeks. The other four are "Fallin" by Alicia Keys, "Family Affair" by Mary J. Blige, "U Got It Bad" by Usher, and "Ain't It Funny" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule.
Six-week runs had not been that common before the summer of 2001. Going back to 1995, the only songs to stay in pole position for six-week runs were "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion in 1996, "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" by Puff Daddy (Featuring Mase) in 1997, and "I'm Your Angel" by R. Kelly & Celine Dion in 1998-99.
If "Foolish" can stay on top for two more weeks, it will be the longest-running No. 1 hit of 2002, and the longest-running No. 1 song since Janet Jackson ruled for seven weeks in April-May 2001 with "All for You."
OUR MR. BROOKS: Garth Brooks has never had a top-10 hit in the U.K. as an artist, but he's about to have a No. 1 song -- as a songwriter. Former Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating has remade "If Tomorrow Never Comes," Brooks' first No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Brooks' 1989 hit didn't chart on the British singles tally; he made his first appearance on that list in 1992 with "Shameless," which peaked at No. 71. As an artist, Brooks' biggest U.K. hit is the double-sided "The Red Strokes" / Ain't Going Down," which peaked at No. 13 in 1994.
As listed on Billboard's Hits of the World charts in the issue dated May 18, Keating's cover of Brooks' song is already No. 13 in Australia and No. 2 in Norway. Based on midweek sales information, the single is expected to debut at No. 1 in the U.K. on Sunday.