Chart-based stories on Jimmy Eat World, the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, and Jennifer Lopez.

LAST SHALL BE FIRST: "The Middle" is exactly where the band Jimmy Eat World isn't on Billboard's two rock charts, Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks. On the Modern chart, the DreamWorks track marches 3-1, succeeding "Youth of the Nation" (Atlantic) by P.O.D. On the Mainstream chart, "The Middle" enters at the very bottom, at No. 40.

On the Modern side, "The Middle" is only Jimmy Eat World's second chart entry. The week of Sept. 22, 2001, "Bleed American" peaked at No. 18. On the Mainstream tally, "The Middle" is the first track by the band to appear on the chart. On The Billboard Hot 100, "The Middle" gains ground, where it leaps 56-43.

LATEST VICTIM: "The Scorpion King" (Universal) is the latest soundtrack to fall victim to the sharp blade that is "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (Lost Highway/Mercury) on Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart. While "Brother" racks up its 31st week at No. 1, "King" is the 12th soundtrack to peak at No. 2.

The Soundtracks survey was introduced the week of June 30, 2001, and the first occupant of pole position was "Moulin Rouge." "Brother" was in the runner-up spot on that first chart. "Moulin Rouge" had a three-week reign, and was replaced by "The Fast and the Furious." After three weeks, "Fast" slowed and "Brother" earned its first week at No. 1. "Rush Hour 2" managed a week at the top, then "Brother" returned for another week, only to be succeeded by "American Pie 2" for a lone frame. "Brother" then ran for three uninterrupted weeks, until it was outshone by "Glitter." That Mariah Carey soundtrack remained at the summit for three weeks, and then "Brother" returned to the top of the mountain the week of Oct. 20, 2001, and has remained there ever since.

Here is the list of the soundtracks that have settled for a peak position of No. 2 since "Brother" went back to No. 1:

"On the Line" (2 weeks at No. 2)
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (1 week)
"The Wash" (2 weeks)
"Shrek" (5 weeks)
"How High" (1 week)
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (1 week)
"I Am Sam" (6 weeks)
"State Property" (1 week)
"Queen of the Damned" (2 weeks)
"Resident Evil" (1 week)
"Blade II" (1 week)
"The Scorpion King" (1 week to date)

STILL 'FUNNY' AFTER ALL THESE WEEKS: There's no change at the top of the Hot 100, leaving "Ain't It Funny" (Epic) by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule at the head of the class for the sixth consecutive week. That makes "Funny" the longest-running chart-topper for Lopez. Her first No. 1 hit, "If You Had My Love," had a five-week run in 1999, while "I'm Real" dominated the list for five weeks in 2001.

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