Chart-based stories on Kylie Minogue, the Dixie Chicks, the Partridge Family, Kaci, and Usher.
LOCAL MOTION: More than 13 years after her first entry on Billboard's Hot Dance Music: Club Play chart, Aussie pop queen Kylie Minogue has her first No. 1 song with "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (Capitol). The singer from Oz debuted on the Club Play chart the week of May 14, 1988, with "I Should Be So Lucky," which peaked at No. 10.
Minogue's remake of the Little Eva hit "The Loco-Motion" was a much bigger pop hit than "I Should Be So Lucky," but only went to No. 12 on the Club Play chart. Six years later, Minogue managed to reach No. 39 with "Confide in Me." In October 2001 she had a No. 14 hit with "Butterfly."
LABELESS: The Dixie Chicks are No. 58 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with "Travelin' Soldier," a song they performed on the Country Music Awards last November. Some radio programmers captured the audio of the performance for airplay. A digital download is also available, but the song has not been issued by any label.
Ownership of any recordings the trio makes while involved in a lawsuit against Sony Music could become part of the litigation, so no label is likely to issue this track until legal matters are resolved. That's why the label affiliation for this song on the chart simply reads "No label."
'THINK' THRICE: After all this time, the U.K. finally has its most successful version of the song "I Think I Love You," a No. 1 hit in the U.S. for the Partridge Family. The original, featuring lead vocals by David Cassidy, only went to No. 18 in Britain way back in 1971. Cassidy turned out to be a bigger recording act in the U.K. despite this slow start, with a No. 1 hit of his own with his remake of "Cherish."
Some 20 years after the Partridge Family version of "I Think I Love You," the song was remade by Voice of the Beehive. This distaff version peaked at No. 25 in the U.K. in 1991. Now, 11 years later, 14-year-old singer Kaci from Clearwater, Fla., has the biggest hit version of "I Think I Love You" in the U.K. Her Curb/Warner single enters the singles chart at No. 11.
GET A JOB: Leave it to 'Chart Beat' reader William Simpson of Los Angeles to come up with this one. Simpson notes that with three different songs, Usher logs his 10th week at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. That puts him in first place among chart-topping artists who are namesakes of an occupation.
In second place is the Police, with eight weeks (the reign of their lone No. 1 hit, "Every Breath You Take"), and in third place are the Carpenters with seven weeks spread among the duo's three No. 1 hits ("(They Long To Be) Close to You," "Top of the World," "Please Mr. Postman"). I bet Simpson really had to work to come up with this item.