CHART BEAT BONUS
Chart-based stories on Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Eminem and daughter Hailie Jade, Celine Dion, and LeAnn Rimes.PAUL AND ART: It's been more than 20 years since a Simon & Garfunkel album has debuted on The Billboard 200. "Live From New York City, 1967" (Legacy/Columbia) is a new entry at No. 165 this week. It's the first set by the duo to debut since "The Concert in Central Park" jumped onto the tally in March 1982. That live concert album was recorded in 1981, 14 years after this new release was recorded.
"Live From New York City" is the ninth Simon & Garfunkel album to chart. The duo has a chart span of 36 years, six months, and two weeks, dating back to the January 1966 debut of "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM." Considering all Billboard charts, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's chart span is even more impressive: 44 years, seven months, and two weeks, harking back to the December 1957 debut of their single "Hey, Schoolgirl," recorded under the names Tom & Jerry.
"Live From New York City" is likely to be the lowest-charting Simon & Garfunkel album to date. Their first eight albums all made the top-30, and the last six all made the top-10.
YOUNG GIRL: Hailie Jade sets a record, as she becomes the youngest female to ever chart on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Born Dec. 25, 1995, the six-year-old daughter of Eminem is credited on her father's "My Dad's Gone Crazy" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope), which enters at No. 74.
ANOTHER 'DAY': She might have planted the seeds of her own decline, as Celine Dion appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show recently to sing the praises of Josh Groban. Fortunately for Dion, that tribute wasn't enough to advance Groban's "To Where You Are" (143/Reprise) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and it remains No. 2. That allows Dion's "A New Day Has Come" (Epic) to continue in pole position for the 19th week. That ties the all-time record set by a previous Dion song, "Because You Loved Me," and Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart." If "Day" is still No. 1 next week, it will have the all-time record all to itself.
MANY MOONS AGO: Speaking of longevity, LeAnn Rimes knows about this subject. She set the record for the longest run of any single on The Billboard Hot 100 when "How Do I Live" remained on the chart for 69 weeks. She's far surpassed that mark on the Hot 100 Singles Sales tally, where "Can't Fight the Moonlight" turns 100 weeks old. The single falls 22-27 as it hits the triple-digit mark.