Chart-based tories on Rodney Jerkins, Michael Jackson, Staind, and 3 Doors Down.
IT'S RODNEY'S 'WORLD,' WE'RE JUST LISTENING IN IT: Producer Rodney Jerkins has his biggest hit on The Billboard Hot 100 in more than a year, as Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World" (Epic) vaults 34-11. Jerkins was last in the top-10 when he produced Toni Braxton's "He Wasn't Man Enough," which peaked at No. 2 in May 2000.
If Michael's single goes all the way, it will be Jerkins' fifth chart-topper.
Here are his first four:
"The Boy Is Mine," Brandy & Monica (13 weeks), 1998
"Angel of Mine," Monica (4 weeks), 1999
"If You Had My Love," Jennifer Lopez (5 weeks), 1999
"Say My Name," Destiny's Child (3 weeks), 2000
That would make "You Rock My World" Jerkins' first No. 1 for a male artist, and would make this the fourth consecutive year in a row that Jerkins produced a No. 1 single.
'LOSER' KEEPS TITLE: Last week proved to be the last stand for Staind. The group's song "It's Been Awhile" (Flip/Elektra) had been No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 20 weeks, just one week shy of the all-time record held by 3 Doors Down, which was on top for 21 weeks with the ironically-titled "Loser." But Staind gave way to Nickelback, who have the new No. 1 on the Modern chart with "How You Remind Me" (Roadrunner).
Still, Staind is the only act aside from 3 Doors Down to remain No. 1 on this tally for 20 weeks or more.