Janet Jumps To No. 1
The Billboard Hot 100 has been dominated by males all year, but now two female artists are controlling the top of the chart. Janet's "All For You" makes the expected jump to No. 1 after just five weekThe Billboard Hot 100 has been dominated by males all year, but now two female artists are controlling the top of the chart. Janet's "All For You" makes the expected jump to No. 1 after just five weeks on the chart, while Destiny's Child "Survivor" is full of life, leaping two positions to No. 2.
Janet's arrival at the top is no surprise, as her single is the fastest growing track at retail in its first week on sale. The retail release also propels the song to the top of the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, where it shoots 9-1. The artist's much-anticipated Virgin album, also titled "All For You," is due April 24.
The release of Destiny's Child's Columbia album, of which "Survivor" is the title track, is also a few weeks away, but the group's single continues to surge in anticipation of the set's May 1 release. Besides being the fastest-growing track at radio on the Hot 100, the cut shows a minor gain over on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, rising two slots to No. 8.
Two R&B ballads show strong increases on the Hot 100 this week. Case's "Missing You" rockets 37-5, and Tamia's "Stranger In My House" bolts 53-10. Case and Tamia also post big gains on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles tally, each cruising into the top-10 to arrive at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Case's third album, "Open Letter," will be released April 24 on Def Jam.
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink are creating some nice buzz for the Nicole Kidman/Ewan McGregor musical "Moulin Rouge." The film won't arrive in theaters until mid-May, and its Interscope soundtrack won't be released until May 8, but first single "Lady Marmalade" is this week's highest debut on the Hot 100, arriving at No. 70. Other notable debuts include 112's "Peaches & Cream" at No. 75, George Strait's "If You Can Do Anything Else" at No. 76, Staind's "It's Been Awhile" at No. 79, and Lil' Bow Wow's "Puppy Love" featuring Jagged Edge at No. 82.
As reported yesterday, Tupac Shakur, dead for five years and counting, bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his double-disc Amaru/Death Row/Interscope release "Until The End of Time." The set sold more than 426,800 units, according to SoundScan. Since his 1996 death, Shakur has had five albums reach the top-10. The new set easily outdistances Shaggy's "Hotshot" (MCA), which moved 176,000 copies, according to SoundScan, and slides down to No. 2.
Other notable debuts on The Billboard 200 include Train, whose second album, "Drops Of Jupiter" (Columbia), arrives at No. 6, while India.Arie comes in at No. 10 with her Motown debut, "Acoustic Soul."
Shakur and India.Arie are the big news on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as well, with the former bolting to No. 1 and the latter sailing to No. 3. On Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, City High's "What Would You Do?" holds its ground at No. 1, besting the Black Eyed Peas' "Request Line" featuring Macy Gray, which moves 3-2.
The Mercury soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' "O Brother Where Art Thou?" doesn't appear to be losing its grip on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart anytime soon. The album is No. 1 for the eighth straight week, while Clay Walker's "Say No More" (Giant/Warner Bros.) makes a strong debut at No. 14. As for the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Jessica Andrews' "Who I Am" holds for a second week at No. 1.
On Billboard's rock airplay charts, 3 Doors Down's "Duck And Run" remains No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for a second week, and Incubus' "Drive" continues to cruise comfortably at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks tally.