The 89th Academy Awards
Plain White T's Hold Atop Hot 100 Amid High Debuts
A week after scoring the first No. 1 hit for Hollywood Records, Plain White T's remain at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Hey There Delilah." Still in hot pursuit is Fergie's "Big Girls Don'A week after scoring the first No. 1 hit for Hollywood Records, Plain White T's remain at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Hey There Delilah." Still in hot pursuit is Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" which inches up to a new peak with a 3-2 increase. Rihanna's former No. 1, "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z, falls 2-3.
Timbaland's "The Way I Are" featuring Keri Hilson climbs 5-4, trading places with Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar." At No. 6, the "High School Musical 2" onslaught begins as the cast single "What Time Is It" enters the chart after selling 87,000 physical singles and 31,000 downloads.
The physical tally is the most for that format since Taylor Hicks moved 190,000 units of "Do I Make You Proud" in late June 2006. The "High School Musical 2" album hits retail Aug. 14, and the movie premieres three days later on the Disney Channel.
Akon's "Sorry, Blame It on Me" scores a major debut at No. 7, the highest of his career on the Hot 100. The artist now has eight top 10 appearances in 2007; "Sorry, Blame It on Me" is one of four new songs that will be included on an updated version of his Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown album "Konvicted," due Aug. 28.
Hurricane Chris' "A Bay Bay" falls 7-8 on the Hot 100, while T-Pain's "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" is down 6-9 and his "Bartender" featuring Akon slips 8-10 to round out the top tier.
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus earns his first Hot 100 appearance since 2000 with "Ready, Set, Don't Go," which opens at No. 85. John Travolta and Queen Latifah also make returns to the tally after long absences as part of the cast of "Hairspray," whose "You Can't Stop the Beat" is new at No. 88.
Travolta had been missing from the Hot 100 since "Greased Lightnin'" in 1978, while Latifah's last appearance here was in 1998 with "Paper."
Fantasia's "When I See U" begins a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while Kenny Chesney's "Never Wanted Nothing More" rises 2-1 in its eighth week on Hot Country Songs, marking the fastest trip to the summit in more than three years.
No single has scaled the list in fewer than eight weeks since Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" did so in seven frames during the summer of 2004. The new single introduces Chesney's ninth non-seasonal set of new songs, "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates," due Sept. 11 via BNA.
There's finally a new No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, as the White Stripes' "Icky Thump" jumps 2-1 to dethrone Linkin Park's "What I've Done" after an astonishing 15 week run in the lead. The Stripes' only prior Modern Rock chart-topper was "Seven Nation Army" in July 2003. Ozzy Osbourne's "I Don't Wanna Stop" is No. 1 on Mainstream Rock for a fifth week.