"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart activity of B2K & P. Diddy, Jay-Z, and Eminem.
2B OR NOT 2B: They've sold a lot of records, but the four Los Angeles teenagers known as B2K have never earned a berth in the top-30 portion of Billboard's Hot 100 -- until this week. "Bump, Bump, Bump" (Epic), written and produced by R. Kelly and featuring P. Diddy, earns Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors and vaults 45-22.
Airplay is the key, as B2K has not garnered many spins on radio with its first three releases. The quartet's first chart entry, "Uh Huh," topped the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and is one of the best-selling singles of 2002, but the song could climb no higher than No. 37 on the Hot 100, peaking the week of May 18. The follow-up, "Gots ta Be," fared a little better, reaching No. 34 the week of June 29. A third chart entry, "Why I Love U," only went to No. 73 the week of Nov. 2.
On the Hot 100 Airplay chart, "Bump, Bump, Bump" rockets 41-20 in its third week. The single enters the Hot 100 Singles Sales tally at No. 35. On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, B2K collects its first top-10 hit, as "Bump, Bump, Bump" jumps 18-10.
15 MINUTES OF FAME: Legendary bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde have reached a new peak position on Billboard's Hot 100. In 1967, the year that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway starred in the film "Bonnie and Clyde," British musician Georgie Fame went to No. 7 with "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde," a song that had nothing to do with the movie.
This week, Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles go Fame one better, as their "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam) climbs 8-6.
GOING THE EXTRA MILE: As it picks up a sixth week on top of Billboard's Hot 100, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Shady/Interscope) from the film "8 Mile" is the longest-running soundtrack song to reach No. 1 since Destiny's Child spent 11 weeks in pole position with "Independent Women Part I." That "Charlie's Angels" theme was No. 1 from November 2000 to January 2001.
The only other soundtrack tune to have a lengthy stay at No. 1 since "Independent Women" was the "Moulin Rouge" remake of "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink. That update of the Labelle hit ruled the Hot 100 for five weeks in June 2001.
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