YOU’VE GOT MALE: “Angel” (MCA) is the fifth song to advance to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 2001, and all five have been by male artists. The Shaggy and Rayvon track follows chart-topping titles by Shaggy and Ricardo “Rikrok” Ducent, OutKast, Joe and Mystikal, and Crazy Town.
To find a longer opening run of No. 1 singles by male artists in a calendar year, you’d have to go back to 1984, when the first six singles to move into pole position were by Yes, Culture Club, Van Halen, Kenny Loggins, Phil Collins, and Lionel Richie. The seventh No. 1 of 1984 was, ironically, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams.
The female candidate most likely to end the male domination of the Hot 100 is Janet Jackson, who climbs 6-3 in her third chart week with “All For You” (Virgin).
BEST SELLER IN STORES: The U.S. version of the “Popstars” TV series has been running on the WB on Friday nights, and though the ratings are small compared to “Providence” on NBC, enough people have been watching to give the single “Get Over Yourself” an impressive sales figure in its first week of release.
The song by Eden’s Crush soars onto the Hot 100 at No. 8, a spectacular debut for a new act. It’s the second-highest new entry for an act making its first appearance on the Hot 100, tied with Shawn Colvin’s “Sunny Came Home” (the highest new entry by a debut act is “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, which opened at No. 7 in 1997).
The Eden’s Crush single, “Get Over Yourself” (143/Stone Stanley/London-Sire), debuted on Hot 100 Singles Sales at No. 1. If airplay had been stronger, it could have challenged for the top spot on the Hot 100 in its first week, but radio has been resistant to the group’s charms. “Get Over Yourself” ranks No. 215 in airplay. It remains to be seen if the high debut on the Hot 100 will wield enough influence with radio programmers to convince them to add the track to their playlists.
VISIONARY: The countdown to the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest has begun, and all of the competing countries have chosen their entries. A few have even charted in their home territories. The latest to appear in Billboard’s “Hits Of The World” section is the entry from the Netherlands. Michelle is No. 16 on the Dutch singles chart with the song that will open the competition, “Out On My Own” (SML).
The highest-charting song from this year’s competition so far is the Danish entry. Having won the 2000 contest, Denmark is the host country for the competition, which will take place at Parken Stadium on May 12. The Danish song, which will be performed last (performance order is determined by random draw), is “Der Star Et Billede Af Dig Pa Mit Bord” by Rollo & King. The single, released on the Mega/edel label, topped the Danish chart and this week falls to No. 4.