Stories on the Janet Jackson/America link, jumps to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, and Five's U.K. chart feats.
'VENTURA' GOVERNS: The trio known as America had a couple of No. 1 hits on The Billboard Hot 100 -- "A Horse With No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair." While "Ventura Highway" is also one of the group's better-known songs, it didn't go all the way; it peaked at No. 8 in 1972. Now "Ventura Highway" finally has its day in the sun. Janet Jackson's "Someone to Call My Lover" (Virgin) heavily samples the song, and the single debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.
Unfortunately for Jackson, that wasn't enough to boost the song from 12-1 on the main Hot 100, where "Someone" settles for a No. 3 posting. Still, it's Jackson's 28th top-10 hit (pushing her past her brother, Michael Jackson, who has 27 as a solo artist) and the first top-10 hit for songwriter Dewey Bunnell since his group America went to No. 4 with "Tin Man" in 1974.
While she had a chance to end up in pole position, the odds of jumping 12-1 were against Jackson. Only three songs in the rock era have made a 12-1 move. The most recent to do so was Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" in 1992. Before that, Paul & Linda McCartney rocketed 12-1 with "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" in 1971. The first single to leap 12-1 was the Champs' "Tequila" in 1958, although this was on the Best Sellers in Stores chart, a few months before the Hot 100 was born.
Had "Someone to Call My Lover" managed to beat the odds and make the 12-1 jump, it would have been the first leap to the top from outside of the top-10 since the week of July 7, when Usher's "U Remind Me" (Arista) rocketed 21-1. In the rock era, only 14 songs have advanced to No. 1 from outside the top-10. Seven of those big movers have accomplished this feat since 1998. They are, in chronological order:
15-1: "All My Life," K-Ci and JoJo (April 4, 1998)
23-1: "The Boy Is Mine," Brandy & Monica (June 6, 1998)
16-1: "Heartbreaker," Mariah Carey (Oct. 9, 1999)
11-1: "What a Girl Wants," Christina Aguilera (Jan. 15, 2000)
14-1: "Say My Name," Destiny's Child (March 18, 2000)
11-1: "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)," Christina Aguilera (Oct. 14, 2000)
21-1: "U Remind Me," Usher (July 7, 2001)
FIVE WILL GET YOU TEN: The British boy band known as Five has only had one top-10 hit on The Billboard Hot 100. The group's first chart entry, "When the Lights Go Out," peaked at No. 10 in 1998.
The story is quite different in the lads' home territory, notes British chart authority Dave McAleer. Five's latest single, "Let's Dance," tops the U.K. singles tally this week. It is the group's 10th single to chart, and all 10 have made the top-10. Five is the first British male act to accomplish this. The only international male act to top Five's feat is Ireland's Boyzone, whose first 16 singles -- the group's total output to date -- have all made the U.K. top-10.