News on S Club 7, Bee Gees, Russell Watson, Janet Jackson
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S CLUB 14: That's the number you get when you double the S Club 7 hits. The British group leaps into the top-10 on The Billboard Hot 100, thanks to the release of a commercial single for "Never Had a Dream Come True" (A&M/Interscope). At the same time, S Club 7 is No. 1 in the U.K. with their latest single, "Don't Stop Movin'" (Polydor).
"Don't Stop Movin'" is the group's seventh single in a row to make the top-three of the U.K. chart; the only U.K. act to amass a longer string of top-three hits is the Spice Girls, who have had 10 top-three hits in a row.
'IN' TO SOMETHING GOOD: The debut of the new Bee Gees album on The Billboard 200 gives the trio its second-highest charted album of the last 21 years (not counting soundtracks). "This Is Where I Came In" (Universal) enters the album chart at No. 16. The only Bee Gees album to rank higher since 1980 is "Still Waters," No. 11 in 1997.
Except for the "Staying Alive" soundtrack, which peaked at No. 6 in 1983, you'd have to go back to a greatest hits collection in 1979-80 to find a higher-charting Bee Gees album than "Still Waters" and "This Is Where I Came In."
The Bee Gees have now charted on Billboard's album tally on five different labels: Atco, RSO, Warner Bros., Polydor, and Universal. The Brothers Gibb have an album chart span of 33 years, eight months, and two weeks, dating back to the debut of "Bee Gees' 1st" the week of Aug. 26, 1967. And the trio has charted on the album survey in five consecutive decades.
RAISE YOUR 'VOICE': British classical singer Russell Watson is having a great week, as his album "The Voice" (Decca) rises to No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Crossover chart. While Watson is busy promoting his album in the U.S., he might have been in Denmark this week instead, had history taken a slightly different turn.
Watson was the original choice to sing "No Dream Impossible," the U.K. entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, taking place at the Parken Arena in Copenhagen on May 12. When Russ Ballard and Chris Winter wrote the song, it was designed as a ballad, with a male singer in mind.
Rick Blaskey of the Music & Media Partnership, a U.K. company that recruited Ballard and Winter to write a song for Eurovision, had to look for a new artist once the song was transformed into an uptempo dance number. As it was no longer an appropriate song for Watson to record, Blaskey found 16-year-old Lindsay D., who is now signed to Universal in the U.K. Her single of "No Dream Impossible" has already been released, and she is halfway through the recording of her first album.
JACKSON 5: Five is a good number for Janet Jackson this week, as she scores her fifth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "All for You" (Virgin). At the same time, the title single is in its fifth week on top of The Billboard Hot 100, making it the longest-running No. 1 song of 2001, so far. In second place is Joe's "Stutter," which had a four-week reign.