Stories on the O'Jays, Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Lopez, and Ja Rule.
THEY LOVE MUSIC: A veteran act returns to Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with its highest-ranked album in just more than eight years. The O'Jays, favorite sons of Canton, Ohio, enter at No. 11 with their first MCA set, "For the Love of..." It's the group's first chart appearance since "Love You to Tears" peaked at No. 14 in August 1997. The last O'Jays album to chart higher than "For the Love of..." was "Heartbreaker," which went to No. 7 in August 1993.
On The Billboard 200, "For the Love of..." opens at No. 53. That makes this new album the O'Jays highest-ranked title in almost 20 years, since "My Favorite Person" reached No. 49 in 1982.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF LEONARD: Another veteran name returns to The Billboard 200 week, after an even longer gap than the O'Jays. Singer/poet Leonard Cohen enters at No. 143 with "Ten New Songs" (Columbia). It's the first Cohen album to chart since "Leonard Cohen: Live Songs" went to No. 156 in 1973. "Ten New Songs" is the highest-ranked Cohen album since "Songs from a Room" went to No. 63 in 1969. As Cohen's other two chart albums were "Songs of Leonard Cohen" and "Songs of Love and Hate," every one of his five chart albums have included the word "Songs" in the title.
WIN, PLACE, AND SHOW: By managing a fifth week at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 with "I'm Real" (Epic), Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule lay claim to the third-longest running chart-topper of 2001. The longevity champ of this calendar year is Janet Jackson, who had a seven-week reign with "All for You." Second place is held by Alicia Keys, who remained on top for six weeks with "Fallin'." Lopez and Ja Rule are tied with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink, who were No. 1 for five weeks with their update of Labelle's "Lady Marmalade."
'WORLD' DOMINATION: Michael Jackson racks up his third No. 1 single on the French charts, as "You Rock my World" becomes the eighth song in the history of the singles chart to debut at No. 1, according to French chart expert Elia Habib. Jackson's previous No. 1 hits were "Black or White" and "You Are Not Alone."
Jackson's three No. 1 hits put him in a tie for second place among artists with the most No. 1 hits in France. Elton John is in the lead with four ("Sacrifice," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with George Michael, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," and "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"). Jackson is tied with Celion Dion, Mylene Farmer, and Francis Feldman.