Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart achievements of Madonna, Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey, Darryl Worley, and Eminem.
'AMERICAN' WOMAN: Madonna's 49th chart entry on Billboard's Hot 100, "American Life" (Maverick/Warner Bros.), debuts at No. 90. Only two Madonna songs have had lower debuts: her remake of Rose Royce's "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" opened at No. 91 in May 1996, and "Nothing Really Matters" started at No. 99 in May 1999.
There is a reason "American Life" didn't have a higher first-week ranking. The song wasn't expected to debut until next week, but the paid download was sent to consumers early because the track was leaked across the Internet. There were only two days of airplay on "American Life" during the seven days that were counted for the current charts. Next week will be the first week where "American Life" will receive credit for a full week of airplay, and that should cause the song to make a big move on the Hot 100.
Based on those paid downloads, "American Life" enters the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart at No. 4. That's the second highest debut for a Madonna song on this chart, runner-up only to "Music," which entered at No. 3 in September 2000. Madonna's most recent entry on the sales chart was "Die Another Day," which spent 11 weeks at No. 1 and is her most successful title on the sales chart to date.
IN THE 'KNOW': Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey continue to bust-a-move on Billboard's Hot 100, where "I Know What You Want" (J/MonarC) rises 18-14. It's Carey's highest rank on this chart since "Loverboy" peaked at No. 2 in August 2001.
"I Know What You Want," which features the Flipmode Squad, is also doing well on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, where it breaks into the top-10, with a move of 11-9. That means "Know" is also Carey's best performing title on this chart since "Loverboy." That "Glitter" (Virgin) track spent two weeks at No. 1.
RACING TO THE TOP: Darryl Worley achieves his second chart-topper on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally as "Have You Forgotten?" (DreamWorks) marches 2-1 in its fifth chart week. The timely song is one of four titles to reach pole position in the shortest amount of time since modern technology was first used to compile the charts. The other songs to reach No. 1 in five weeks are: Garth Brooks' "Shameless" (1991) and "Longneck Bottle" (1997) and Tim McGraw & Faith Hill's "It's Your Love" (1997).
Worley spent one week at No. 1 in September 2002 with "I Miss My Friend." A second week on top would make "Have You Forgotten?" his best-performing chart entry.
SOME YOU WIN, SOME YOU 'LOSE': "Chart Beat" reader Hillel M. Zelman notes that Eminem has rewritten the record books with his Oscar win for "Lose Yourself." Previously, the longest-running No. 1 song to win an Academy Award was "You Light Up My Life." Debby Boone's cover version of the original soundtrack recording spent 10 weeks on top of the Hot 100. With a 12-week reign, "Lose Yourself" bests that mark by two weeks.
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