Chart Beat

Fred discusses Janet Jackson, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne and more!

THE JACKSONS: One Jackson replaces another at the top of The Billboard 200, with Janet Jackson's "Discipline" (Island) giving way to Alan Jackson's "Good Time" (Arista), while another Jackson has his first new entry since 2005.

"Good Time" is Alan Jackson's 20th title to appear on the Billboard album chart. He made his debut 18 years ago next week with "Here in the Real World," which entered on March 31, 1990 and peaked at No. 57 the week of May 25, 1991. This is Jackson's fourth visit to the penthouse. His No. 1 albums are:

"Drive," four weeks (2002)
"Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff," one week (2003)
"What I Do," one week (2004)
"Good Time," one week to date (2008)

Alan Jackson also debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, where "Good Time" is his 12th set to achieve pole position:

"A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'Bout Love)," five weeks (1993)
"Who I Am," one week (1994)
"The Greatest Hits Collection," four weeks (1995)
"Everything I Love," three weeks (1996)
"High Mileage," two weeks (1998)
"When Somebody Loves You," two weeks (2000)
"Drive," six weeks (2002)
"Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff," 11 weeks (2003)
"What I Do," one week (2004)
"Precious Memories," two weeks (2006)
"Like Red on a Rose," one week (2006)
"Good Time," one week to date (2008)

Jackson's No. 1 album may yield a No. 1 single as early as next week, depending on how tenacious Carrie Underwood's "All-American Girl" (Arista) is. While "Girl" rules for a second week, Jackson's "Small Town Southern Man" moves up to second place. If "Man" bests "Girl," Jackson will have his 22nd country singles chart-topper and his first in four years, since "Remember When" had a two-week reign in February 2004.

The third Jackson making a chart impact this week is Jackson Browne, who has his highest new entry on The Billboard 200 in exactly 22 years. Opening at No. 24 is "Solo Acoustic Vol. 2" (Inside), the sequel to his last album to chart, "Solo Acoustic Vol. 1," No. 55 in 2005.
"Vol. 2" is Browne's highest-charting album since "Lives in the Balance" weighed in at No. 23 in 1986. "Balance" debuted the week of March 22, 1986.

The Los Angeles-raised Browne made his Billboard album chart debut the week of March 18, 1972, with an eponymously-titled set that was also known as "Saturate Before Using." That gives Browne an album chart span of 36 years.

'SOUL' MAN: After scoring two chart albums in the '80s and one in the '90s, Michael McDonald makes his fourth appearance of the 21st century on The Billboard 200 as a solo artist.

"Soul Speak" (Universal Motown) breaks in at No. 12, making it McDonald's highest entry since "Motown Two" worked its way to No. 9 in 2004. "Soul Speak" is McDonald's seventh chart entry away from the Doobie Brothers. The first was "If That's What It Takes," which sped to No. 6 in 1982, McDonald's high water mark as a solo artist. Counting back to "Takes," McDonald has a solo album chart span of 25 years, six months and four weeks. Including his work with the Doobie Brothers, McDonald's album chart span is 31 years, 11 months and three weeks, dating back to the April 1976 debut of the band's fifth chart LP, "Takin' It to the Streets."

COLBIE'S GOOD DAY: While Colbie Caillat's latest single is "Realize," her debut hit, "Bubbly" (Universal Republic), remains entrenched at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the 11th week in a row. That's the longest consecutive grip on the top rung since 2006, when Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" led the list for 18 non-stop weeks.

Here is a summary of the longest consecutive runs at No. 1 on the AC survey in this millennium:

23 consecutive weeks: "Drift Away," Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray (2003)
21 consecutive weeks: "A New Day Has Come," Celine Dion (2002)
20 consecutive weeks: "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson (2005)
18 consecutive weeks: "Bad Day," Daniel Powter (2006)
17 consecutive weeks: "Lonely No More," Rob Thomas (2005)
13 consecutive weeks: "Breathe," Faith Hill (2000)
11 consecutive weeks: "This I Promise You," 'N Sync (2001)
11 consecutive weeks: "Hero," Enrique Iglesias (2002)
11 consecutive weeks: "Bubbly," Colbie Caillat (2008)

'CAN' HEAT: A couple of weeks ago, I suggested that Ray J was about to earn his first top 10 hit on The Billboard Hot 100, as "Sexy Can I" (Knockout/Deja 34) was poised to surpass the No. 11 peak of his 2006 hit "One Wish."
That prediction has come true, as "Sexy Can I" leaps 13-7 to land Ray J and Yung Berg in the top 10. "Can" is Ray J's fifth chart entry on the Hot 100 over an 11-year span. His first single, "Let It Go," peaked at No. 22 exactly 11 years ago, on the chart dated March 22, 1997.

NEW MARK FOR MARCUS: Jazz musician/composer Marcus Miller has his highest new entry to date on Top Jazz Contemporary Albums. The self-titled "Marcus" (3 Deuces/Concord Jazz) bows at No. 4, besting the No. 6 debuts of "Live & More" in 1998 and "M Squared" in 2001.

Miller first appeared on this tally in January 1988 with "Music from Siesta," which peaked at No. 12. His highest-charting album to date is the above-mentioned "M Squared," which spent one week in the top spot in July 2001.


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