Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of the Rolling Stones, t.A.T.u., Ari Gold, Alex Gold, Pussycat Dolls and Busta Rhymes.'B' IS FOR 'BANG': The Rolling Stones must have a deep affection for alliterative titles based on the letter "B." Following "Between the Buttons," "Beggars Banquet," "Black and Blue" and "Bridges to Babylon," the veteran band scores with "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin), the group's 45th chart album in 41 years.
"A Bigger Bang" blasts onto The Billboard 200 at No. 3. That's the highest peak position for a Stones' album since "Forty Licks" went to No. 2 in October 2002. Just counting albums of new material, "A Bigger Bang" is the highest-charting Stones album since "Bridges to Babylon" also topped out at No. 3, in October 1997.
"A Bigger Bang" is the 22nd Stones' album to peak in the top three. Of those, nine reached No. 1, six stopped at No. 2 and seven settled for No. 3.
The very first Rolling Stones' LP, "England's Newest Hit Makers," only went to No. 11 when it charted in 1964. The band recovered nicely, as the next 26 albums to chart all made the top 10. The run was broken in 1981, when "Sucking in the Seventies" stalled at No. 15.
t.A.T.u. YOU: Three years after first appearing on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart, Russian femme duo t.A.T.u. returns with its highest-debuting single. "All About Us" (Interscope) is new at No. 41. That beats the No. 48 debut of "All the Things She Said" in 2002 and the No. 43 debut of "Not Gonna Get Us" in 2003. The former peaked at No. 5 and the latter checked into pole position for one week.
GOLD DIGGERS: Elsewhere on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play tally, a pair of Golds are enjoying their first week on this survey, debuting in adjacent positions. At No. 48, Ari Gold has a new entry with "Love Will Take Over" (Gold). One rung lower, Alex Gold enters with "Stranded in Paradise" (Xtravaganza/Koch).
Ari and Alex join the other Golds who have charted on the Club Play chart: Angie and Xaviera. "Eat You Up" was a No. 30 hit for Angie Gold in 1985. "Gonna Get Back to You" was a No. 1 hit for Maw & Co. featuring Xaviera Gold in 1993.
GUY AND DOLLS: "Don't Cha" (A&M) by the Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes looked like it was going to be a No. 1 hit in the United States, but ultimately the single peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard Hot 100.
The result is slightly different in the United Kingdom, where "Don't Cha" debuted at No. 1, making it the first chart-topper for both the Dolls and Rhymes. It's no surprise that this is the first No. 1 for the Dolls. Veteran hip-hop artist Rhymes had previously peaked at No. 2, with the 1999 hit "Turn It Up/Fire It Up."