Chart Beat Bonus

News on LeAnn Rimes, Elvis Presley, Labelle,

LONG LIVE 'LIVE': Chart Beat reader Michael Ming of Penn Valley, Pa., notes that LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" is in its 200th week on Billboard's Top Country Singles Sales chart this week. Ming points out this is the first time any single has reached the 200 mark on any Billboard chart, and far surpasses the second place run of 123 weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart set by Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply."

GREAT 'MINDS': Chart Beat reader Steve Young of Hull, England, writes about the latest achievement of Elvis Presley in the U.K. With a live version of "Suspicious Minds" debuting at No. 15 on the singles chart, Presley now has the third-longest span in the history of the British chart (which was introduced in 1952).

Presley's chart span expands to 44 years and 11 months, dating back to the debut of "Heartbreak Hotel" on May 11, 1956. The only artists with longer chart spans are Bing Crosby (46 years and one month) and Dean Martin (45 years and 11 months). Presley's chart span before the debut of "Suspicious Minds" was 41 years, from "Heartbreak Hotel" to the re-issue of "Always On My Mind" in May 1997.

'LADY' RACE: In its second week, the superstar quartet version of "Lady Marmalade" (Interscope) by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink rockets 70-29. How does that compare to the first two chart weeks of the hit version of the song, recorded by Labelle? That single on the Epic label debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 98 the week of Jan. 4, 1975. The next week, it had moved all the way up to... No. 96.

The single's first big move happened during its fourth chart week, when it jumped 84-61. In its sixth chart week, it was No. 29, the same position the current version holds. The Labelle single achieved pole position in its 13th week on the chart..


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