Chart news on Cyndi Thomson, Ginuwine, America, and more.
'MEANT' TO BE: Newcomer Cyndi Thomson is No. 1 for a third consecutive week on Hot Country Singles & Tracks with "What I Really Meant to Say" (Capitol). That puts the song into a tie for the longest-running No. 1 hit by a female artist on the country chart in 2001. In April, Jessica Andrews had a three-week reign with "Who I Am."
The longest-running No. 1 titles of 2001 are "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" by Brooks & Dunn and "I'm Already There" by Lonestar. Both remained on top for six weeks. Blake Shelton was in pole position for five weeks with "Austin."
This has been a great year for new country artists, as Thomson is the third act to have a debut single reach the top of the chart. Jamie O'Neal scored a No. 1 hit with her first release, "There Is No Arizona" (as well as "When I Think About Angels"). Shelton is also a new artist, with "Austin" his first title to chart. No newcomers went to No. 1 in 2000.
TWO OUT OF NINE AIN'T BAD: Ginuwine collects the second No. 1 hit of his career, as "Differences" (Epic) advances 3-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Ginuwine's first chart entry, "Pony," kicked off his career in high style by spending two weeks at the top in November 1996. Since that time, Ginuwine has scored two more top-10 hits: "So Anxious" went to No. 2 in August 1999 and "None of Ur Friends Business" went to No. 7 in January 2000. "Differences" is the ninth Ginuwine song to chart on the R&B tally, and the 15th song to top the R&B chart in 2001.
The longest-running R&B No. 1 hits of the year are "Stutter" by Joe featuring Mystikal and "Fiesta" by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z. Both were on top for five weeks. Three songs had four-week reigns: "Missing You" by Case, "U Remind Me" by Usher, and "Fallin"" by Alicia Keys.
AMERICA RISING: Between a desire for anything associated with America and the success of Janet Jackson's "Someone to Call My Lover" (which samples the song "Ventura Highway"), it's no surprise that America the group has its first entry on The Billboard 200 in 17 years. A single disc compilation of hits, "The Complete Greatest Hits" (Warner Archives/Rhino) enters the album chart at No. 193. It is the first appearance of America on the chart since "Perspective" peaked at No. 185 in November 1984.
BEEP BEEP: Almost eight years after its first album charted on The Billboard 200, the Roadrunner label has the highest-charting CD of its corporate existence. Nickelback's "Silver Side Up" entered last week at No. 2, and now slips a notch to No. 3. Just three weeks ago, Slipknot's "Iowa" became Roadrunner's highest-charting album when it debuted at No. 3. The longtime independent imprint is now distributed by the Island Def Jam Music Group.
HERE COMES THE McBRIDE: Conquering the Top Country Albums chart is no big deal for Martina McBride, who debuts at No. 1 with her "Greatest Hits" collection on RCA. But there's big news for McBride on The Billboard 200, where her new CD enters at No. 5. McBride has never even had a top-10 album on this chart until now. Her highest-ranked set before "Greatest Hits" was her most recent, "Emotion," which peaked at No. 19 in October 1999. Here's a recap of McBride's history on The Billboard 200:
"The Way That I Am," No. 106 (1994)
"Wild Angels," No. 77 (1995)
"Evolution," No. 24 (1998)
"White Christmas," No. 68 (1998)
"Emotion," No. 19 (1999)
"Greatest Hits," No. 5 (2001)