Chart Beat Chat

Fred discusses the T.I., chart jumps, Jennifer Nettles, Bon Jovi and more with readers.



Last week T.I's "What You Know" jumped 35 positions on the Billboard Hot 100. This got me thinking about other rap singles that have charted and I couldn't think of one that has had such a huge jump into the top 5 or for that matter anywhere on the Hot 100.

Are there any rap artists you can think of that I've overlooked? If so, can you post them? If you can't find a rap artist with a bigger leap, this is a record-setting feat for T.I.

Enjoy your column every week.

Jamal Cannady

Dear Jamal,

To answer your question, I researched back to 1990 to see which other songs made big jumps into the top five of the Hot 100. I found 10 songs that made bigger jumps into the top five than T.I.'s "What You Know." Here they are, in order of biggest jump:

86-4 "Breaking Free," Zac Efron, Andrew Seeley and Vanessa Anne Hudgens (Feb. 11, 2006) +82
60-2 "Loverboy," Mariah Carey featuring Cameo (Aug. 4, 2001) +58
60-5 "Baby," Brandy (Feb. 11, 1995) +55
55-2 "Incomplete," Sisqo (Aug. 5, 2000) +53
57-5 "All I Have to Give," Backstreet Boys (Feb. 6, 1999) +52
52-1 "A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson (Oct. 5, 2002) +51
49-2 "Last Kiss," Pearl Jam (June 26, 1999) +47
48-4 "No Diggity," BLACKstreet featuring Dr. Dre (Oct. 19, 1996) +44
41-2 "Music of My Heart," 'N Sync and Gloria Estefan (Oct. 16, 1999) +39
44-5 "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)," Blu Cantrell (July 14, 2001) +39

There are vocal groups and singers on the list, but no rappers, so T.I. appears to be the rapper with the biggest jump into the top 5.


Hi Fred,

I was wondering why the song "Who Says You Can't Go Home" by Bon Jovi featuring Jennifer Nettles is only listed this way on the country chart. On other charts it is just listed as being by Bon Jovi.


Randy Sams

Dear Randy,

Country radio is playing the version of the song that features Jennifer Nettles along with Bon Jovi, but pop radio was serviced with the original version by Bon Jovi without Nettles. That's the version most pop stations are playing, so that's why the credit reads simply "Bon Jovi" on the Billboard Hot 100.


Dear Fred,

Rihanna's third top 40 hit on the Hot 100, "SOS," is listed at No. 33 as of April 15. What most people may not know or remember, is that the week of Oct. 11, 1975, the ever-popular Swedish group ABBA took a song with that same title to No. 15. As far as I know, this appears to still be the only Hot 100 chart hit where the title is a palindrome.

Bon Jovi (with Jennifer Nettles) moves 3-2 on the Hot Country Songs list with "Who Says You Can't Go Home." The song, which won CMT's 2006 best collaborative video, is just one notch away from being the first true duet to top this list since Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker's "When the Sun Goes Down" did it in April 2004. That would make Bon Jovi perhaps the first rock act to top the country chart in quite some time.

Meanwhile, the Wreckers (Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) become the third act with pop or rock ties to score a country hit this year as their chart debut, "Leave the Pieces," is perched at No. 46.

John Maverick
Omaha, Neb.

Dear John,

I can't recall a song called "Madam I'm Adam," so we'll see if anyone else can come up with a Hot 100 title that was a palindrome. As I'm sure you've already noticed, Rihanna's "SOS" moves up to No. 30 this week.

Thanks for your notes on the country notes. Your e-mails always sound like you're rehearsing to be the next "Chart Beat" columnist.


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