... Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson jumps to no 3 in the US on September 1st, 2001 with Someone To Call
My Lover. Her current tour has had a number of health-related problems, the latest being a bout of flu which
has forced the cancellation of three dates. All For You the first single and title track
of her newest album topped the US chart earlier in 2001 and was top 3 in the UK. Janet's
chart-topping career goes all the way back to 1986 when When I Think Of You from
Control was her first US smash. Next single should be Son of a Gun and will be remixed by
All For You (US:1, UK:3),
Doesn't Really Matter (UK:5),
Someone To Call My Lover (US:3)
... Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson makes his long-awaited return to the UK top 5 with You Rock My World which debuts at no 2 on 14th October, 2001, the first cut lifted from his Invincible album. The video features
Jackson in a gangster-style nightclub, echoing his Smooth Criminal clip although there
are very few glimpses of his face. In fact if it wasn't for the dancing, you'd be unsure if he
featured in it at all. Recent appearances
at the MTV Video Awards and at tribute concerts in New York have whet the public's appetite for
the new album although reviewers appear to be ready to trash it. However the public not only in the
UK but around the world will no doubt buy it and like it in their millions...
You Rock My World (UK:2, Aus:4, US:10)
... Jagged Edge
Jagged Edge with Nelly climb to no 3 in the US on September 15th, 2001 with
Where The Party At. Lots of booty and bacardi in the video but then they have Nelly to
liven the act up a little. The R&B quartet record for Jermaine Dupri and normally specialise in smoochy
ballads which are more reminiscent of seventies soul than the harder vibe of most millenium
acts. An image borne out by the Promise video (a 2001 hit in Australia) which features the lads striking a deal on the
street to buy a girlfriend a puppy... Awww...
Where The Party At (US:3),
Let's Get Married (Aus:2),
Long-standing dance producer Dave Lee returns with a new moniker Jakatta and a no 3 hit
on 18th February with American Dream. The music is based on the score to American
Beauty and is promoted via a fascinating video in which a woman dances in a trance while a
full-scale street riot erupts around her. Lee's last chart incarnation was Joey Negro and
he was also responsible for Take That's second no 1 Relight My Fire.
Jamelia's strange fusion of R & B and Opera, Money, debuts at no 5 on 27th
February, 2000 in the UK. The video was strange too with all the dancers in 17th century costume. The 19 year
old from Birmingham has just released her new album Drama which features her other
singles Call Me and I Do. By the way, Jamelia penned Money in the
back of a taxi-cab!
Lyrics: Money (UK:5)
The British masters of funk, Jamiroquai, are back with Little L and a video which
uses the dancing charms of hat-fetishist Jay Kay to the full. It debuts at no 5 in the
UK on August 19th, 2001. The song is reputed to be about the recently crashed relationship
between Jay and TV presenter Denise Van Outen. The group's biggest UK hit was the theme from
Godzilla Deeper Underground in July 1998. Other top 5s include Virtual Insanity
and Canned Heat. Incidently Jay's recently been claiming in the UK tabloids to be a member of the
mile-high club so ladies if you spot him on a plane...
Little L (UK:5)
Climbing to 8 in the US on October 20th, 2001 is Izzo (H.O.V.A.) by Jay-Z. The track
is from the no 1 album The Blueprint, the Brooklyn rapper's sixth album in as many years. Born Shawn Carter
in 1969, Jay-Z was a schoolfriend of Notorious BIG. He set up his own record label Roc-A-Fella in
1996. His biggest international hit was the Annie-sampling Hard Knock Life. Izzo
features a lot of slanguage from the projects while the video, shot in Los Angeles, shows
crowds of people supporting Jay-Z, mayor of the streets. The track samples the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back".
Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (US:8)
... Wyclef Jean
The talented ex-Fugee, Wyclef Jean returns to the UK Top 10 with his comical ode to
lap-dancing Perfect Gentleman. It debuts at no 4 on 15th July, 2001. His previous hits
include the self-mocking It Doesn't Matter in September 2000 featuring vocals
from The Rock and Melky Sedeck, and the emotional ballad 911, a duet with Mary J Blige
in December. Jean was born in Haiti in 1972. The Fugees version of the Roberta Flack classic
Killing Me Softly was a world-wide hit in 1996 and catapulted Jean, his cousin Pras, and lead vocalist Lauren Hill into the R&B A-list.
It Doesn't Matter (UK:3)
Perfect Gentleman (UK:4)
... Joe featuring Mystikal
Not quite solo but for the first time headlining a top 10 hit in the UK is Joe whose
Stutter which also features Mystikal debuts at no 7 on February 11th. His latest album
My Name Is Joe has been a phenomenal success in the US producing two number one hits with
I Wanna Know and Stutter. His duet with Mariah Carey and 98 degrees, Thank God I Found You
marked Joe's only other top 10 UK hit where he is perhaps better known for one of his songs being
chosen by Posh and Becks as their wedding dance...
Stutter (UK:7, US:1)
... Elton John
I Want Love, which debuts at no 9 on September 30th, 2001, gives Elton John his
first UK Top 10 hit since Written In The Stars in March 1999 and is taken from his latest
album Songs From the West Coast. The track is accompanied by
a video in which US actor Robert Downey Jnr mouths the song while wandering through an
empty house, apparently shot in one continuous take. Recently Elton has been expressing his doubts
about the manufactured pop of the UK Chart these days targetting Popstars winners Hear'Say
as the "ugliest band in the world". He'll not be pleased that Popstars losers Liberty sold more singles
than he did in the week of I Want Love's debut then...
I Want Love (UK:9)
... Andreas Johnson
Glorious by Andreas Johnson debuted at no 4 on 30th January and spent a further
two weeks in the Top 10.
... Donell Jones
U Know What's Up by Donell Jones debuted at no 2 in the UK on 16th March, 2000 and held onto that position
for a further week. His latest album, Where I Wanna Be, has taken three years to put together
and features songs written by Jones about his personal life. Growing up on Chicago's notorious
Southside, Donell was a gang member before being "saved" by music. He's since worked with a
variety of artists both as song-writer and arranger (he worked with Madonna on her Bedtime
Stories album). His follow-up single was "Shorty".
U Know What's Up (UK:2)
... Tom Jones & Mousse T/Stereophonics
Tom Jones may be a little old to be a sex idol but with songs like Mousse T's
Sex Bomb it looks like he's good for a few years yet. The album Reload has been a phenomenal
success and it could be argued this track should have been an earlier single to give the
gyrating welshman his first British number one since November 1966! Still I suppose he and Mousse T who
was behind the hit Horny in 1998 will be happy with the song's No 3 debut on the UK chart
on 14th May, 2000.
This was one place higher than Jones and Stereophonics cover of Three Dog Night's Mama Told
Me Not To Come which debuted at 4 on March 12th of the same year. The original hit no 3 in 1971.
Mama Told Me Not To Come (UK:4),