Back in my day, you see, it was a simple process.
Song / Act / Weeks at #1
I Wanna Hold Your Hand / Beatles, The / 7
Can’t Buy Me Love / Beatles, The / 3
Baby Love / Supremes, The / 1
And so forth.
I admit there were some wrinkles even back then.
Someday We’ll Be Together / Diana Ross & The Supremes / 3
When I had to count up how many weeks a band had at Billboard’s #1 spot, clearly “The Supremes” and “Diana Ross & The Supremes” were the same act for purposes of that calculation. Equally clearly, “Wings” and “The Beatles” were not; “Wings” and “Paul McCartney and Wings” were.
Slightly difficult, but nothing really problematic.
Now we get from the simple, easy life of yesteryear to the depraved, moral indifference of today.
Does “Heartbreaker” by “Mariah Carey Featuring Jay-Z” get credited to Mariah Carey?
How about “Yeah!” by “Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris”. Do Usher, Lil Jon, and Ludacris ALL get credit for the weeks this song spent at #1?
“Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” is “Puff Daddy (Featuring Mase)”. But “Mo Money Mo Problems” is “The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Puff Daddy & Mase”. What do I do when TWO acts are “featured?”
This is why all progress is bad, and I long for the return of yesteryear, when all I had to worry about was Sonny James AND Tab Hunter singing “Young Love” and being at the tops of two different charts with the same song at the same time.
But since we’re stuck in the present… how should “weeks at #1” be calculated for these crazy acts that feature each other? Is each individual permutation a separate act? Does a name, appearing anywhere, get “credit”? What should I do?