Fred Bronson discusses title/chart move coincidences, Elvis Presley's return to No. 1 in the United Kingdom and No. 1 country singles.


Dear Fred,

I've been following the chart progress of "1, 2 Step" by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott to see if it would hit No. 1, then fall to No. 2. So far it hasn't happened on the Hot 100. But it does make that move on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart for the week ending Jan. 22.

I only know of two occasions where a song's title predicted its own chart action on the Hot 100 (excluding songs that only had their peak number in their title). On the chart dated Sept. 12, 1970, Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" moved from number 6 to 4. (the song never stopped at No. 25). On the chart dated Nov. 22, 1975, Pete Wingfield's "Eighteen With a Bullet" was at No. 18 with a bullet.

Honorable mention goes to Blondie's "The Tide Is High," which includes the lyric "I'm gonna be your number one."

Happy New Year to all chart fanatics.

Richard K. Rogers
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dear Richard,

"1, 2 Step" may yet make that move on the Hot 100. Thanks for catching all the other literal chart moves.



On Sunday [Jan. 16] we will know which single will be the 1000th U.K. No. 1.

It seems that there aren't any real contenders [aside from] Iron Maiden, Erasure and Scissor Sisters who made the top 5 this week together with the King of Rock'n'Roll. Who do you expect to have the 1000th No. 1?

Yours sincerely,

Kasper Elbjorn

Dear Kasper,

It looks like it will be Elvis Presley with "One Night," but let's not jump to conclusion until you've read the next letter.



Elvis Presley is currently No. 1 in the United Kingdom with "Jailhouse Rock" and looks set to be No. 1 [next week] with "One Night." It is reported that these singles are the 999th and 1000th U.K. No. 1 -- and ups Elvis' tally to 20 [chart-toppers].

I disagree as they are not new No. 1 records -- just returning to the top spot, like several singles have done over the years. What do you think?

If all Elvis' reissued No. 1 singles get to No. 1 his tally will still be 18 U.K. No. 1s, not double that!

I assume his singles won't be reissued in the United States due to the (almost) non-existent singles market.

John Boylan
United Kingdom

Dear John,

You raise a good point. When the 1960 No. 1 song "The Twist" by Chubby Checker returned to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1962, it wasn't counted again. This is the only instance of a song returning to No. 1 long after its original reign on the Hot 100. I would have to follow the same policy today if, for example, the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was reissued and somehow ended up topping our chart.

In spite of this, it doesn't look like folks in the United Kingdom are going to stop the race for the 1000th No. 1, and if it Elvis' "One Night," that will be crowned No. 1 hit number 1000.


Dear Fred,

Congratulations to Darryl Worley! He scores his third No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated Jan. 22 with "Awful, Beautiful Life." By scoring a third No. 1, he is tied with Blake Shelton for having the most No. 1s this decade by artists who debuted since 2000.

Worley previously hit with "I Miss My Friend" in September 2002 and "Have You Forgotten?" in April 2003. Shelton hit No. 1 with "Austin" in August 2001, "The Baby" in February 2003 and most recently "Some Beach" in December 2004.

John Maverick
Omaha, Neb.

Dear John,

John, I can always count on you to keep a sharp eye on the country chart. Thanks for noticing this!