News on Julie Andrews, Stevie Nicks, and Neal Diamond.
TRULY JULIE: It's not every week you can say that a soundtrack to a movie starring Julie Andrews has debuted on The Billboard 200. But you can say it this week.
"The Princess Diaries" (Walt Disney) is new to the chart at No. 84. It's the first soundtrack to a movie starring Andrews to debut on the chart since 1982, when "Victor/Victoria" peaked at No. 174. "The Princess Diaries" is the highest-charting soundtrack to a movie starring Andrews since 1980, when "10" went to No. 80.
While the "Princess Diaries" album doesn't feature any vocalizing from the star, it does include tracks from the Backstreet Boys, BBMak, Mandy Moore (who appears in the film), Aaron Carter, Myra, Steps, and Hanson, among others.
"Princess Diaries" has a long way to go to become the most successful soundtrack to a Julie Andrews film in chart history. That record has long been held by the "Mary Poppins" soundtrack, which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1965.
Here is a summary of how soundtracks from films starring (or featuring) Julie Andrews have fared on the Billboard album chart over the years:
"Mary Poppins," No. 1 for 14 weeks (1965)
"The Sound of Music," No. 1 for 2 weeks (1965)
"Hawaii," No. 85 (1967)
"Thoroughly Modern Millie," No. 16 (1967)
"Star!" No. 98 (1969)
"Darling Lili," No. 113 (1970)
"10," No. 80 (1980)
"Victor/Victoria," No. 174 (1982)
"The Princess Diaries," No. 84 [to date] (2001)
Andrews has also charted with the soundtrack to the television special "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall." The legendary teaming of Andrews with comedienne Carol Burnett helped send the album to No. 85 in 1962. Andrews is also a beloved Broadway musical star, and has performed on cast albums such as "My Fair Lady" (No. 1 for 15 weeks in 1956) and "Camelot" (No. 1 for six weeks in 1961).
IN THE NICKS OF TIME: Stevie Nicks has two reasons to celebrate this week. While "Bootylicious" (Columbia) continues at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for a second week (Nicks receives a songwriting credit on the Destiny's Child track, which samples Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen), she also holds down the top spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Music: Club Play chart with "Planets of the Universe" (Reprise).
As a solo artist, Nicks has been No. 1 on a number of Billboard charts. In May, her current release, "Trouble in Shangri-La," spent a week in pole position on the Top Internet Albums chart. Back in 1989, her song "Rooms on Fire" spent a lone week on top of the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally. In 1985, "Talk to Me" had a two-week run atop that same chart. And in 1981, Nicks' first solo album to chart, "Bella Donna," spent one week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.
DIAMOND LIFE: Neil Diamond has the highest-debuting album of his long career, as "Three Chord Opera" (Columbia) enters The Billboard 200 at No. 15. That tops the No. 28 debut of "Up on the Roof - Songs from the Brill Building" in 1993.
"Three Chord Opera," Diamond's first album to chart this millennium, is his highest-ranking set since "Tennessee Moon" peaked at No. 14 in March 1996. With his latest chart appearance, Diamond stretches his album span to 34 years and 10 months, dating back to the October 1966 debut of "The Feel of Neil Diamond."