Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to 50 Cent, Green Day, Curtis Mayfield, Erasure, Motley Crue, Rob Thomas and Sugarland.
DO THE MATH: There's a buck-and-a-half worth of 50 Cent in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 as the rapper claims three spots. He's the featured artist on "How We Do" (Aftermath/G-Unit) by the Game at No. 4, the lead artist on "Disco Inferno" (Shady/Aftermath) at No. 5 and the lead artist with support from Olivia on "Candy Shop" at No. 8. The latter also debuts at No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs list, fueling its rapid 30-8 ascent on the Hot 100.
50 Cent is the first artist to place three songs in the top 10 since Usher did it in July 2004 with "Burn," "Confessions Part II" and "Yeah!"
On the Pop 100, "Candy Shop" makes an astounding 79-point leap, from 89-10. It's the biggest move in the history of this chart. Since the Pop 100 has only been published for two weeks that may not seem like a huge achievement, but let's give 50 Cent his due.
REPRISE OF A HIT: Green Day climbs another notch on Billboard's Hot 100, as "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" moves 4-3. It's the first top 10 hit on the Reprise label since November 2001, when Irish new age vocalist Enya peaked at No. 10 with "Only Time."
"Boulevard" is the highest-ranked song issued on Reprise since October 1998, when Barenaked Ladies spent one week at No. 1 with "One Week."
If "Boulevard" goes all the way, it will become the 10th No. 1 hit on the label founded by Frank Sinatra. The first chart-topper on Reprise was "Everybody Loves Somebody" by Sinatra's pal Dean Martin in 1964. Other artists with No. 1 hits on the imprint include Frank himself as well as his daughter Nancy Sinatra, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, John Sebastian and Chicago.
THE RETURN OF SUPERFLY: The late Curtis Mayfield returns to Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart this week with his second posthumous entry, "Superfly (Louie Vega Remix)" (Rhino/Warner Strategic Marketing) at No. 46. Mayfield was last on the survey as a featured artist on Bran Van 3000's "Astounded," which peaked at No. 35 in July 2001. Mayfield died on Dec. 26, 1999.
As a lead artist, Mayfield hasn't been on the dance chart since 1980, when "The Right Combination," an album of duets he recorded with Linda Clifford, peaked at No. 87.
Mayfield's original version of "Superfly," the title song from the movie starring Ron O'Neal, went to No. 8 on the Hot 100 in 1973.
THE RETURN OF VINCE AND ANDY: Erasure has been welcomed back to Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart in a big way. "Breathe" (Mute) is in its second week at No. 1, only the second chart-topper for the British duo on this tally. In October 1988, "Chains of Love" spent one week on top, making "Breathe" Erasure's biggest hit on the dance sales list.
Vince Clarke and Andy Bell almost had a No. 1 hit in 2003, but their remake of Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" only managed to reach No. 2.
CRÜE TO BE KIND: A greatest hits collection titled "Red, White & Crüe" (Hip-O/Motley) gives Mötley Crüe its highest-charting album in almost eight years. "Red" debuts on The Billboard 200 at No. 6, the band's highest placing since "Generation Swine" debuted and peaked at No. 4 in July 1997.
"Red" is the first Mötley Crüe album to chart since "New Tattoo" went to No. 41 in July 2000.
DON'T DOUBT THOMAS: "Lonely No More" (Atlantic), the first solo effort from matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas, makes a smashing debut at No. 20 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. That's the third-highest new entry in the history of this survey.
The record-holder is "Thank You" by Alanis Morissette, with a No. 13 debut in October 1998. In second place is "Change the World" by Eric Clapton, with a No. 16 debut in June 1996.
On the Hot 100, "Lonely" is the Hot Shot Debut at No. 78.
'GIRL' POWER: The co-ed trio Sugarland has achieved top 10 status on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks with its first chart entry. "Baby Girl" (Mercury) moves 11-10 in its 31st chart week. That's the longest it has taken any song to reach the top 10 in the last 15 years (since the chart has been compiled from Nielsen Broadcast Data System airplay information).
"Baby Girl" is the first top 10 hit for a group making its initial appearance on the chart since the week of May 4, 2002, when Emerson Drive entered the top 10 with its debut hit, "I Should Be Sleeping."
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