The rap triumvirate of Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent soars 78-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Crack a Bottle," which sets a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales (418,000).
The first-week sum outpaces the prior mark of 335,000 downloads shifted by T.I. featuring Rihanna in the Oct. 18, 2008, issue. Among all weekly totals, "Bottle" ranks third behind Flo Rida's "Low" (467,000 on Jan, 12, 2008) and Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" (419,000 on Jan, 10, 2009).
"Bottle" is the second Hot 100 No. 1 for both Eminem and Dr. Dre. Slim Shady's only leader was 2002's "Lose Yourself," which spent 12 weeks at the summit, while Dre last led in 1996 as a featured artist on Blackstreet's "No Diggity." 50 Cent ups his No. 1 take to four, having last topped the list with "Candy Shop" (9 weeks in 2005).
The trio, each with highly anticipated albums on the way, previously collaborated on "Encore," which peaked at No. 25 on the Hot 100 in January 2005.
Kanye West's "Heartless" inches up 3-2 on the Hot 100, trading places with Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis. Last week's No. 1, Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," slips to No. 4, and Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" drops 2-5.
The All-American Rejects' "Gives You Hell" remains No. 6, Taylor Swift's "Love Story" falls 5-7 and the Fray's "You Found Me" is down 7-8. The band's self-titled sophomore album for Epic debuted yesterday at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.
Rounding out the top tier, T.I.'s "Dead and Gone" featuring Justin Timberlake climbs 11-9 and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" holds at No. 18.
Another Lady GaGa song, "Poker Face," is the top digital gainer and moves 23-15, while Jamie Foxx's "Blame It" featuring T-Pain is the fastest growing track at radio and rises 37-26. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, it dethrones "Single Ladies" after a 12-week reign.
The Hot 100's top debut is also from the Fray, with "Absolute" at No. 70.
Dierks Bentley notches his sixth No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with "Feel That Fire," the title track from his new Capitol Nashville album. The project debuted yesterday at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally.
After 17 weeks on the chart, Incubus' "Love Hurts" overtakes Billboard's Modern Rock roundup with a 2-1 move. Shinedown's "Second Chance" is in a second week at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.