‘GOLD’ RUSH CONTINUES: Chris Brown will have to be patient for at least one more week. His first chart entry on the Billboard Hot 100, “Run It!” (Jive), was a leading contender for pole position but Kanye West and Jamie Foxx had other ideas. Their “Gold Digger” (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam) refused to yield and remains at No. 1 for a 10th week in a row.
That breaks a three-way tie for second place on the list of songs that have been No. 1 the longest in 2005. Mariah Carey remains in first place with “We Belong Together,” which reigned for 14 weeks. “Gold Digger” now has second place to itself, while “Let Me Love You” by Mario and “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent featuring Olivia share third place, as both songs ruled for nine weeks.
That makes 2005 the first year since 2002 to have more than two No. 1 songs hold the top spot for 10 weeks or more. In 2004, the only chart-topper to rack up a double-digit stay was “Yeah!” by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris. In 2003, no song remained on top for 10 weeks or more. In 2002, Eminem began a 12-week reign with “Lose Yourself” while “Foolish” by Ashanti and “Dilemma” by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland were both on top for 10 weeks.
With four songs leading the pack for 10 weeks or more in 2005, it’s not surprising that there have only been six No. 1 songs this year. When the seventh No. 1 of 2005 finally does show up, it will be the latest arrival of a seventh No. 1 in the history of the Hot 100. Last year, the seventh No. 1 of 2004 was “Slow Motion” by Juvenile featuring Soula Slim, which reached the summit the week of Aug. 7.
The latest a seventh No. 1 has arrived is the week of Nov. 9. It happened in 1996 with “No Diggity” by BLACKstreet featuring Dr. Dre and again in 2002 with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” In contrast, in 1991 the seventh No. 1 of the year was “One More Try” by Timmy T. That single moved to the zenith the week of March 23.
HOME ‘RUN’: Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart has a faster turnover of No. 1 songs this year than the Hot 100. Chris Brown’s “Run It!” (Jive) is the 10th song to move into the top spot in 2005. Brown is the first artist to have a No. 1 song on this tally with a debut single since Ciara captured the top spot the week of Sept. 11, 2004, with “Goodies.”
Although Bobby Valentino took his first chart entry as a solo act, “Slow Down,” to the top, he had charted twice in 1996 as lead singer of the group Mista.
‘UP’ UP AND AWAY: Madonna’s “Hung Up” (Warner Bros.) goes all the way on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, reaching the No. 1 spot in its fifth week on the list. This is Madonna’s 34th visit to the penthouse, giving her twice the number of chart-toppers as her closest competitor.
Janet Jackson has amassed 17 No. 1 songs on the Club Play tally. In third place, Donna Summer and Whitney Houston are tied with 12 each. Mariah Carey is in fourth place with 10 No. 1s.
‘ROAD’ TRIP: After fronting Creedence Clearwater Revival from 1967-1972, John Fogerty launched his solo career. In the last 32 years, he has had eight chart entries on The Billboard 200. His latest, marking his return to the Fantasy label, is the second highest-ranking set of those solo years.
“The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty-Creedence Collection” combines Fogerty’s CCR work with his solo hits. The CD debuts at No. 13. The only Fogerty album to chart higher since 1973 is “Centerfield,” which spent one week at No. 1 in 1985.
STAX O’ WAX: Exactly 34 years ago this week, Isaac Hayes secured his first and only No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Theme from ‘Shaft.'” That Academy Award-winning song is the lead track on “Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?” (Stax/Concord), a compilation that debuts on The Billboard 200 at No. 171.
This is Hayes’ first appearance on the chart in a quarter-century. In 1980, his album “And Once Again” peaked at No. 59. Hayes hasn’t been absent the last 25 years. He is heard on TV screens every week, as he provides the voice of Chef on the TV series “South Park.” A song from that show, “Chocolate Salty Balls,” hit No. 1 in the U.K. in January 1999.
BROTHER RAY: A little more than eight-and-a-half years ago, Brandy’s brother Ray J made his Billboard Hot 100 debut with “Let It Go.” That first single peaked at No. 25 and has remained Ray J’s highest ranking on the chart until this week.
His new single, “One Wish” (Knockout/Sanctuary), climbs 30-23, giving the 24-year-old singer the biggest hit of his career.