Chart-based stories on Lulu, Shakira, and Eminem.

TO CHART WITH LOVE: When Glasgow-born pop singer Lulu had her very first chart single 38 years and one month ago, she had a top-10 hit the first time out. She's had to wait a little longer for her first top-10 album: 38 years and one month.

"Shout" was Lulu's first chart single. It debuted the week of May 14, 1964, and peaked at No. 7. She's had other U.K. top-10 hits since, like "The Boat That I Row," her Eurovision entry "Boom Bang-a-Bang," and a cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" (her U.S. No. 1, "To Sir With Love," did not chart in the U.K.). Lulu even finally had a No. 1 hit in 1993, when she teamed up with Take That on a remake of Dan Hartman's "Relight My Fire."

Despite being a pop icon in the U.K., her album career has not been as successful. "The Most of Lulu," released on the budget label Music for Pleasure, marked her album chart debut in 1971. That album peaked at No. 15. In 1993, her album "Independence," recorded for the Dome imprint, faltered at No. 67.

But Lulu is an album success story, at last. "Together" (Mercury), her new CD of duets with acts like Paul McCartney, Ronan Keating, Sting, and Elton John, enters the U.K. albums chart at No. 4. The album includes a new version of "To Sir With Love" recorded with Samantha Mumba, and the Take That collaboration from 1993.

Lulu is not the only chart veteran to have an album debut in the U.K. this week. Some 41 years and 11 months after they debuted with "It's Everly Time," the Everly Brothers enter at No. 12 with "The Definitive Everly Brothers" (Warner Special Markets). This new greatest hits collection is the highest-charting album for Don and Phil in the U.K. since 1975, when "Walk Right Back with the Everlys" peaked at No. 10.

SWISS TIMING: Just one week after he reported on the record-breaking 17-week stay at No. 1 by Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever" on the Swiss singles chart, Jochen Tierbach has more chart-breaking news from that country. Shakira's record-setting visit to pole position is over, as she is succeeded by Eminem's "Without You." That single makes the biggest jump to No. 1 in the history of the Swiss chart, an 86-1 leap.

The old record was the 30-1 move of former Smokie lead singer Chris Norman with "Midnight Lady" the week of May 11, 1986. Eminem's amazing 86-1 bound is also the biggest move in the history of the singles chart in Switzerland. Tierbach lists the top five biggest chart moves, all of which have happened since the chart was expanded to 100 positions the week of Dec. 19, 1999.

Eminem: "Without Me" (June 1, 2002; 86-1, up 85 positions).
Tanisha: "I Can Live Without Your Love" (Oct. 22, 2000; 88-16, up 72)
Mary J. Blige: "Family Affair" (Sept. 2, 2001; 94-28, up 66)
Mad'House: "Like a Prayer" (Apr. 7, 2002; 100-34, up 66)
Lil' Kim feat. Phil Collins: "In the Air Tonite" (Aug. 12, 2001; 92-29, up 63)
Galleon: "I Believe" (Feb. 3, 2002; 86-23, up 63)

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.