With news of Grammy Awards nominations sinking in, statements are flying as record labels recognize the nods received for the Recording Academy's 48th annual event. Among the notices, top nominee Kanye West and first time nominees Sugarland, Rascal Flatts and Mudvayne also expressed their reactions to the news.
With the 2-1 ascension of "We Belong Together" in the song's eighth week on Billboard's Hot 100, Mariah Carey notches her 16th No. 1 on the singles chart. In addition, the track, which is also the Hot 100's greatest airplay gainer, moves 2-1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart to become her ninth chart topper there.
Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback" has again fended off all comers to remain the No. 1 single in the United States. For a fourth consecutive week, the cut tops Billboard's Hot 100, as well as the Pop 100 and the Hot Digital Songs charts. A former threat in Ciara's "Oh" featuring Ludacris is starting to fade, but Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" is picking up steam.
50 Cent notches a ninth week atop Billboard's Hot 100 with "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia. The song remains strong despite being replaced at the top of Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks list by the Game's "Hate It or Love It," which also features 50 Cent and is No. 2 on the Hot 100 for a third week. Gwen Stefani jumps 10-3 with "Hollaback Girl."