"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson reports on the chart accomplisments of Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Cole, Michelle Branch, Phil Collins, and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott.

ONE 'MOMENT' IN TIME: This is a moment Kelly Clarkson will never forget, but you shouldn't forget it either. That's because instead of reading about a time when chart history was made, you are living through it. Maybe you're not old enough to remember when the Beatles set the record for the biggest jump to No. 1 in the history of The Billboard Hot 100. Some of us were around the week of April 4, 1964, when "Can't Buy Me Love" soared 27-1, setting a record that would last exactly 38-and-a-half years.

This week, that record is broken as Clarkson's first single, "A Moment Like This" (RCA), rockets 52-1, claiming pole position from a depth almost twice that of where the Beatles were in 1964 before reaching the summit.

Now that the "American Idol" winner has rewritten chart history, here are the three biggest leaps to No. 1 in the history of the Hot 100:

• 52-1 "A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson (2002)
• 27-1 "Can't Buy Me Love," the Beatles (1964)
• 23-1 "The Boy is Mine," Brandy & Monica (1998)

"A Moment Like This" is the sixth song to advance to No. 1 in 2002. It is the first pop single to reach the top since December 2001, when Nickelback dominated the survey with "How You Remind Me."

Clarkson is the third artist to earn her first No. 1 hit in 2002, following Ashanti and Nelly. She is the second to do so with her first chart entry, following Ashanti.

On a sillier note, this is the first time in Hot 100 history that three successive No. 1 singles are by artists whose first names all rhyme with each other: Nelly, Kelly {Rowland), and Kelly (Clarkson).

'ASK' AND SHE RECEIVES: Natalie Cole has her highest-charting album on The Billboard 200 in six years. "Ask a Woman Who Knows," which marks her debut on the Verve label, enters at No. 32. Cole's last album to chart higher was "Stardust," which opened and peaked at No. 20 the week of Oct. 12, 1996.

Cole's most successful album is "Unforgettable," her first album of songs originally recorded by her father, Nat King Cole. "Unforgettable" spent five weeks at No. 1 in 1991.

HERE, THERE, AND...: Like the title of her first hit, Michelle Branch is really "Everywhere" this week. Her latest Hot 100 entry, "Goodbye to You" (Maverick), breaks into the top-40 portion of the chart, jumping 41-32. Simultaneously, she enters the same chart at No. 66 as the featured artist on "The Game of Love" (Arista), Santana's first chart entry in two years and eight months.

Branch will also make an appearance on NBC-TV's new "American Dreams" series on Sunday, Oct. 6, singing "You Don't Own Me" when she guest stars as '60s teen queen Lesley Gore.

THERE HE'LL BE: Phil Collins blasts onto Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart at No. 17 with his remake of Leo Sayer's "Can't Stop Loving You" (Atlantic), good enough to give him the highest-debuting AC title of 2002. "Can't Stop Loving You" is the highest AC debut since the week of June 2, 2001, when Faith Hill's "There You'll Be" opened at No. 15. Until this week, the highest-debuting AC song of 2002 was Cher's "Song for the Lonely," which entered at No. 21.

Given Collins' track record, "Can't Stop Loving You" should be top-10 in no time. The former Genesis vocalist has had 20 top-10 AC hits on his own. Excepting his guest appearance on a song by Manhattan Transfer, Collins' last nine AC chart entries all made the top-10. "Can't Stop Loving You," Collins' first AC entry of the 21st century, is his first song to chart since "Strangers Like Me" from the "Tarzan" soundtrack peaked at No. 10 in December 1999,

SHE CAN 'WORK IT' OUT: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott may have the highest-charting Hot 100 song of her career if "Work It" (The Gold Mind/Elektra) continues its momentum. In its fourth chart week, it's already up to No. 11. That doesn't make it the fastest-rising Elliott single to date; in its fourth week, "Hot Boyz" was No. 9, and "Make It Hot," a Nicole single that featured Elliott, was No. 8 by its fourth chart week.

"Hot Boyz" and "Make It Hot" are the two songs "Work It" has to beat to become the highest-ranking Elliott song. Both peaked at No. 5.