Stories on the Swiss singles chart and Blu Cantrell.
THREE FOR III: While "Chart Beat" reports on international charts from time to time, I don't recall ever mentioning the singles chart from Switzerland. This week is an exception, as a truly unique event occurs on the chart dated Oct. 14. European chart authority Jochen Tierbach, who writes a column at swisscharts.com, reports that the top three debuts are all by the same group. Gola, a band that has only had three chart singles to date, doubles that total with the debuts of "Gfueu" ("Emotion") at No. 14, "Nacht" ("Night") at No. 25, and "Nimm Mi Mit" ("Take Me With You") at No. 33. All three singles are from the group's third album, titled "III."
Tierbach knew "Chart Beat" fans would ask if this has ever happened in the U.S., so he did some research and found that the Beatles had three debuts the week of March 28, 1964, although they were not the top three debuts, but first, second, and fifth (Lesley Gore and Major Lance had the third and fourth-highest debuts that week).
OOPS... SHE DIDN'T DO IT AGAIN: Until this week, there was a single that spent its entire life in the top-40 portion of The Billboard Hot 100 in the top five. Blu Cantrell ends that streak by slipping to No. 6 with her debut effort, "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" (RedZone/Arista). For all those weeks in the top five, the single never made it to No. 1, but it did manage to peak at No. 2.