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IF THEY HAD ONLY CALLED IT 'PA': If 'N Sync can go all the way with their latest track, "Pop" (Jive), the group will join a very exclusive club: they'll be in a six-way tie for the shortest No. 1 title of the rock era.

It's been a five-way tie for almost 14 years, ever since Michael Jackson took "Bad" to the top in October 1987. Jackson sings lead vocals on three of the shortest No. 1 titles.

And those titles are:
"Why," Frankie Avalon (1959)
"ABC," the Jackson 5 (1970)
"War," Edwin Starr (1970)
"Ben," Michael Jackson (1972)
"Bad," Michael Jackson (1987)

There have been songs with shorter titles, like "If" by Bread and "7" by Prince and the New Power Generation, but none of them have made it to No. 1.

'LOSER' WINS: Following last week's report that "Loser" (Republic/Universal) by 3 Doors Down was in a four-way tie as the longest-running song in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, that tie is now broken as "Loser" remains on the chart for a 52nd week. The track from the album "The Better Life" falls 17-19. Until now, no song had remained on the chart longer than 51 weeks. The three titles that held the record were "Top of the World" by Van Halen, "Higher" by Creed, and the first 3 Doors Down hit, "Kryptonite."

The follow-up to "Loser," "Duck and Run," falls 6-9 in its 23rd chart week, while the follow-up to that song, "Be Like That," enters the chart at No. 25.

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