Apr 12 2005

Billboard's Chart Beat

Fred Bronson writes:
DOUBLE DIGITS: Mariah Carey's We Belong Together is on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week, making it the longest-running No. 1 single of 2005, and the first to achieve a double-digit run since the first half of 2004, when Usher's "Yeah!" reigned for 12 weeks.

We Belong Together is the seventh single of the millennium to be No. 1 for 10 weeks or longer. The magnificent seven are, in chronological order:

"Maria Maria," Santana featuring the Product G&B (2000) 10 weeks
"Independent Women Part I," Destiny's Child (2000) 11 weeks
"Foolish," Ashanti (2002) 10 weeks
"Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland (2002) 10 weeks
"Lose Yourself," Eminem (2002) 12 weeks
"Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (2004) 12 weeks
We Belong Together, Mariah Carey (2005) 10 weeks to date

We Belong Together is Carey's second No. 1 single to have a double-digit run. At the end of 1995, "One Sweet Day," recorded with Boyz II Men, began a 16-week reign.

With Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" preceding Carey's song in pole position, and Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" interrupting Carey's run, women have led the list for 15 consecutive weeks. That's the longest shut-out of men at No. 1 in over six years. From January-April 1999, consecutive chart-toppers from Brandy ("Have You Ever?"), Britney Spears ("...Baby One More Time"), Monica ("Angel of Mine"), Cher ("Believe") and TLC ("No Scrubs") held sway for 16 weeks in a row.

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