The Alicia Keys 'Element' Billboard Cover Story & Video
Rapper Jay-Z and singer Alicia Keys perform onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. WireImage

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" holds at No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100, increasing its lead over Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" (2-2). Sparked by the pair's live performance on ABC's Nov. 22 broadcast of the "American Music Awards," "Empire State of Mind" also takes the chart's Digital Gainer honors with 202,000 downloads (up 40%).

Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" continues its climb and moves up 5-3, while Owl City dips 3-4 with "Fireflies" and Iyaz heads back into the top five with "Replay" (6-5).

In the second half of the Hot 100's top 10, Jason DeRulo falls 4-6 with "Whatcha Say" and Black Eyed Peas bring "Meet Me Halfway" back into the top 10 for the first time in five weeks (12-7), matching the track's prior peak.

"Sexy Chick," French DJ David Guetta's single featuring Akon, lands the chart's Airplay Gainer tag, though it moves down a spot from 7-8. Jay Sean's "Down" re-bullets with a 10-9 move, trading places with Britney Spears' "3," which dips to No. 10.

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's new collaboration is also the chart's top debut as "Telephone" -- from Gaga's new "The Fame Monster" set -- opens at No. 30. The song is one of two debuts on the list for each artist; Lady Gaga's "Speechless" enters at No. 94, while Beyoncé arrives at No. 65 with anogher Gaga collaboration "Video Phone." The song appears on the deluxe edition of Beyoncé's "I Am…Sasha Fierce" and on iTunes as part of a three-song digital single along with two other new tracks.

Of the 28,000 downloads sold for "Video Phone," 93% are of the new remix. The version sans Gaga, however, is receiving the bulk of the airplay and jumps 52-41 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Other beneficiaries of "American Music Awards" exposure include Rihanna who heads 80-19 with "Hard," "Give It Up to Me" by Shakira which moves 61-29 and Adam Lambert, who proves that any publicity is good publicity, with "For Your Entertainment" re-entering at No. 61.

Susan Boyle places two tracks from her record-setting debut album, as title cut "I Dreamed A Dream" starts at No. 62 and her Rolling Stones cover "Wild Horses" comes in at No. 98. Combined, the tracks sell 63,000 downloads yet garner only one play (for "Dream") among the 1,259 radio stations that contribute to the Hot 100 rankings.

Another notable debut is Christian vocalist Francesca Battistelli's "It's Your Life" at No. 95. The song was featured on the Nov. 23 series finale of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8," increasing its download take by 440%. Battistelli also posts the best albums sales week of her career, as "My Paper Heart" moves 13,000 (No. 97 on Billboard 200), more than double its best sum from this past May.

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