Chart-based stories on Creed, Kylie Minogue, Golden Globe nominees, and the Swiss pop charts.
'WEATHERED' MEN: Creed remains No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for the eighth week in a row with "Weathered" (Wind-up); it's the longest consecutive run at the top since the summer of 2000, when Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope) reigned for eight successive weeks. Just a few weeks before "Mathers" ruled the chart, 'N Sync also remained in pole position for eight weeks in a row with "No Strings Attached."
If Creed can last one more week, the band will have the longest consecutive reign since the "Titanic" soundtrack remained on top for a 16-week run that began Jan. 24, 1998. It seems unlikely that Creed will rack up that ninth week, as early sales indicate the new Alan Jackson album, "Drive," will enter the album chart at No. 1 next week.
RETURN OF THE POP PRINCESS: There are several instances in the history of The Billboard Hot 100 where an artist so closely identified with one decade returns in the following decade with a whole new career.
It happened to Neil Sedaka, who actually debuted in the '50s, but who was an early '60s teen star with hits like "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" and "Next Door to an Angel." Sedaka returned in 1975 with "Laughter in the Rain," and was the songwriter of the Captain and Tennille's 1975 hit "Love Will Keep Us Together." Paul Anka was a '50s and '60s star who returned in 1974 with a No. 1 hit, "(You're) Having My Baby."
But Sedaka was only off the chart for eight years, and Anka for six. Those are small numbers compared to the almost 13-year gap between Kylie Minogue's last chart entry and her new single, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (Capitol), which debuts on the Hot 100 this week at No. 64.
This new single is only Minogue's fourth U.S. chart entry. "I Should Be So Lucky" peaked at No. 28 in July 1988, "The Loco-Motion" was a No. 3 hit in November 1988, and "It's No Secret" stopped at No. 37 in February 1989. That means Minogue didn't chart at all in the '90s -- in the U.S. It's a different story in the rest of the world, where her chart fortunes have continued uninterrupted.
She did experience a downturn after parting ways with British producers Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Waterman, although the post-SAW single "Confide in Me" peaked at No. 2 in the U.K. She returned to form in July 2000 when she signed with EMI's Parlophone label in Britain and went to No. 1 with "Spinning Around."
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" is her first U.S. release in many years.
'GOLDEN' TIME: The winner of the Golden Globe for best original song from a motion picture will be revealed at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 20. The odds that the winning song will have already been a hit on a Billboard chart is small, as only one of the five nominated songs has been a hit. Faith Hill's recording of Diane Warren's "There You'll Be" from "Pearl Harbor" was a top-10 hit on The Billboard Hot 100, and had a run at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary tally.
"Come What May" by Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor charted as a single in the U.K., but didn't come near the Hot 100. Enya's "May It Be" would make a fine follow-up to "Only Time," Sting's "Until..." would make an irresistible radio hit, and Paul McCartney could find success with "Vanilla Sky." A Golden Globe win could push one of the three latter songs into hit status.
The nominees are:
"Come What May," from "Moulin Rouge" (music/lyrics: David Baerwald)
"May It Be," from "The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring" (music/lyrics: Enya)
"There You'll Be," from "Pearl Harbor" (music/lyrics: Diane Warren)
"Until...," from "Kate & Leopold" (music/lyrics: Sting)
"Vanilla Sky," from "Vanilla Sky" (music/lyrics: Paul McCartney)
BATTING 200: Jochen Tierbach, who reports often on the pop charts in Switzerland, sends notice that the country has just seen its 200th No. 1 hit. Tierbach says that the honor goes to Annastacia, whose "Paid My Dues" advanced 5-1 on the list dated Jan. 13, 2002, thus becoming her first Swiss No. 1 hit.
Tierbach says that while public radio station DRS had a top-15 chart since 1968 and a German trade magazine compiled a fortnightly sales survey in the '70s, the official Swiss charts were launched the week of Nov. 6, 1983.
The first chart-topper was "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club. Since then, 18 singles have spent 10 weeks or more on top. The champ is still Bryan Adams, whose "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" ruled for 16 weeks in 1996, followed by Celine Dion, who held the top spot for 15 weeks with the "Titanic" theme "My Heart Will Go On" in 1998.
The artist with the most No. 1 hits is Madonna, with six: "La Isla Bonita" (one week), "Like a Prayer" (four weeks), "Express Yourself" (one week), "Secret" (one week), "American Pie" (three weeks), and "Music" (five weeks). She is followed by several artists with three each: Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, and Roxette.
Of the 200 Swiss No. 1 singles, nine have debuted in pole position (excluding the first list with all debut positions):
Nov. 5, 1995: Coolio featuring L.V., "Gangsta's Paradise"
July 28, 1996: The Kelly Family, "I Can't Help Myself (I Love You, I Want You)"
Sept. 21, 1997: Elton John, "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
May 16, 1999: Backstreet Boys, "I Want It That Way"
May 7, 2000: Britney Spears, "Oops!...I Did It Again"
Sept. 3, 2000: Madonna, "Music"
Dec. 9, 2001: TEARs, "M.U.S.I.C."
Dec. 23, 2001: Bro'Sis, "I Believe"
Excluding the new entries, Chris Norman (formerly of the group Smokie) was the one to make the biggest jump to the top. His "Midnight Lady" moved 30-1 on May 11, 1986 -- back when the chart was 30 positions deep, so he moved from bottom to top at once.