News on R. Kelly, 'N Sync, Diane Warren, Faith Hill, Erick Sermon, Marvin Gaye
IT'S MY FIESTA: R. Kelly collects his first top-10 hit of the 21st century, as "Fiesta" (Jive) makes a bold 16-7 move on The Billboard Hot 100. Kelly was last in the top-10 as a guest on Puff Daddy's "Satisfy You," a No. 2 hit in the fall of 1999. Before that, you'd have to go back to the end of 1998 and the beginning of 1999 to find Kelly in the top-10; his duet with Celine Dion on "I'm Your Angel" spent six weeks at No. 1. "Fiesta," featuring Jay-Z, is the ninth top-10 hit of Kelly's career. Here is a summary of those nine singles:
"Bump N' Grind," No. 1 (4 weeks), 1994
"You Remind Me of Something," No. 4, 1995
"Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)," No. 4, 1996 +
"I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)," No. 5, 1996
"I Believe I Can Fly," No. 2, 1996
"Gotham City," No. 9, 1997
"I'm Your Angel," No. 1 (6 weeks), 1998 ++
"Satisfy You," No. 2, 1999 +++
"Fiesta," No. 7, 2001 ++++
+ R. Kelly featuring Ronald Isley
++ R. Kelly & Celine Dion
+++ Puff Daddy featuring R. Kelly
++++ R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z
"Fiesta" is the highest-charting track from Kelly's "TP.2.com" album. The first song to chart, "I Wish," peaked at No. 14 in January. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, "Fiesta" replaces Lil' Romeo's "My Baby" at No. 1.
'POP' MUSIC: 'N Sync has the second-highest debut of its career, as "Pop" (Jive) blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 29. The only 'N Sync song to debut higher was the group's first chart entry, "I Want You Back," which opened at No. 26 the week of March 7, 1998. That debut single ultimately peaked at No. 13 the week of May 2, 1998. The boy band has a run of four consecutive top-10 hits, starting with "Music Of My Heart," a collaboration with Gloria Estefan that soared to No. 2 in October 1999. Next, "Bye Bye Bye" peaked at No. 4 in April 2000, and then "It's Gonna Be Me" became the group's first (and so far only) chart-topper, on July 29, 2000. In December 2000, "This I Promise You" went to No. 5.
'THERE' IT IS: Don't be surprised if Diane Warren collects another No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 soon. She has written what is bound to be the biggest movie theme of the summer, "There You'll Be," featured on the soundtrack of "Pearl Harbor." Faith Hill's rendition leaps 46-25 in its second week on the chart. It's Warren's highest-charting single since Christina Aguilera turned "I Turn to You" into a No. 3 hit in July 2000. It is Warren's highest-ranked film song since 'N Sync and Gloria Estefan took "Music of My Heart" to No. 2 in October 1999.
WHAT COULD BE GOING ON: The dramatic chart rise of "Music" (NY.LA/Def Squad/Interscope) by Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks could rewrite the record books. The track from the soundtrack to the Martin Lawrence/Danny DeVito film "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" bounds 30-16 in its third chart week. If the momentum of "Music" takes it to No. 1, it will give Gaye the longest span of No. 1 titles in the history of this chart - just over 36 years, dating back to Gaye's first R&B chart-topper, "I'll Be Doggone," In May 1965.