Billboard Chart Beat, Question about Madonna



Hello Fred,

After reading this week’s Chart Beat about the small group of artists that have spent time at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in both the 20th and 21st centuries, I noticed that you left out Madonna from that elite group. She spent 28 weeks at No. 1 in the 20th century with 11 singles and four weeks at No. 1 with “Music” in the 21st century.

Speaking of Madonna, do you think radio will embrace her new single, “Miles Away” more so than her last? Her current album has so many single-worthy tracks, it would be a shame if the masses aren’t exposed to them on U.S. radio.


Keith Kirk
Chicago, Ill.



In this week’s Chart Beat you list the artists who have had No. 1s in both the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Shouldn’t Savage Garden also be on that list? If I remember correctly, “Truly Madly Deeply” was No. 1 in 1998 and “I Knew I Loved You” in 2000. Am I off track here?


Robert Ghanem
Sydney, Australia


Dear Keith and Robert,

I know the big celebrations for the turn of the century took place as the calendar changed from 1999 to 2000, but the 21st century didn’t begin until Jan. 1, 2001. 

That’s why I didn’t mention Madonna or Savage Garden in that Chart Beat item. “Music” was No. 1 in the year 2000, so all of Madonna’s Hot 100 chart-toppers are from the 20th century. The same holds true for Savage Garden, with its No. 1 hit from 2000.

There are times I will mention something that happened this millennium, and then I include events from 2000 on. But when the reference is specifically to events that happened in one century or another, the 20th century includes the years 1901-2000 and the 21st century includes the years 2001 and beyond.

Fortunately, someone else will be writing Chart Beat in the 22nd century. Someone who isn’t even born yet.

Oh, and Keith, I’m not sure how “Miles Away” will fare on American radio. But I do think there are a lot of potential hit singles on “Hard Candy,” just based on quality.


Posted on October 26, 2008, in Charts, Madonna, Music and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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