Chart-based stories on the Dixie Chicks, Brandy, and Usher.
ON THE 'FLY': Two-and-a-half years after the first track from the Dixie Chicks' album "Fly" (Monument) debuted on The Billboard Hot 100, the seventh song from that set enters the pop singles chart. Bowing at No. 71, "Some Days You Gotta Dance" takes the chart's Hot Shot Debut honors for the week.
The "Fly" run began in July 1999 with "Ready To Run," which peaked at No. 39. "Cowboy Take Me Away" was next, and went as high as No. 27. The only commercially-released single from "Fly" followed; the controversial "Goodbye Earl" became the album's highest-charting song when it peaked at No. 18. "Cold Day in July" stopped at No. 65, "Without You" sailed to No. 31, and "If I Fall You're Going Down With Me" reached No. 38.
On Hot Country Singles & Tracks, nine of the 14 tracks on "Fly" have charted. "Ready to Run" peaked at No. 2, but "Cowboy Take Me Away" and "Without You" both went to No. 1. The two tracks that didn't also chart on the Hot 100 were "Sin Wagon" and "Heartbreak Town."
SHE'S A FINE GIRL: Brandy has her first new chart entry of the 21st century, as she debuts at No. 44 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart with "What About Us" (Atlantic). It's the first appearance by Brandy on this chart since "U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To)" peaked at No. 25 in November 1999.
Brandy Norwood, who turns 23 next month, was only 15-years-old when she made her debut on the R&B chart in September 1994 with "I Wanna Be Down," which spent four weeks at No. 1. The follow-up, "Baby," also spent four weeks on top. Brandy's biggest R&B hit to date is her duet with Monica on "The Boy Is Mine," which remained in pole position for eight weeks in 1998.
ALL BY HIMSELF: The return of Usher to the top spot on The Billboard Hot 100 is a reminder that he is the only male artist to have a No. 1 hit by himself since August 2000, when Sisqo topped the chart with "Incomplete." Since that time, male artists like Shaggy and Joe have had No. 1 hits, but with guest artists.
Usher went to No. 1 with "U Remind Me" in July 2001. The follow-up, "U Got It Bad" (Arista), first dominated the tally in December 2001 and recaptures the lead position this week, as Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" (Roadrunner) falls to No. 2.