Senegalese R&B artist Akon scores his first No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 this week as "I Wanna Love You" featuring Snoop Dogg explodes 17-1 thanks to the combined power of radio airplay and digital do

Senegalese R&B artist Akon scores his first No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 this week as "I Wanna Love You" featuring Snoop Dogg explodes 17-1 thanks to the combined power of radio airplay and digital downloads. Another Akon track, "Smack That" featuring Eminem, holds at No. 2 on the chart. As reported yesterday (Nov. 22), the artist's new album, "Konvicted," opened at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 284,000 copies.

On the Hot 100, Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" ascends 4-3 and is the chart's greatest airplay gainer for a second week in a row. The song also assumes the No. 1 position on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where Chris Brown's "Say Goodbye" has been at the helm for four weeks.

Last week's No. 1, Justin Timberlake's "My Life" featuring T.I., drops to No. 4, while Fergie's "Fergalicious" slips 3-5. Hinder's "Lips of an Angel," Ludacris' "Money Maker" featuring Pharrell and the Fray's "How To Save a Life" each slip one position to Nos. 6-8 this week, while Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" remains No. 9.

With a four-position increase, Bow Wow's "Shortie Like Mine" featuring Chris Brown and Johnta Austin rounds out the top 10. The Game's "Let's Ride" earns the Hot 100's top debut at No. 46. Also new is the U2/Green Day collaboration "The Saints Are Coming" at No. 65, Snoop Dogg's "That's That S***" featuring R. Kelly at No. 85, (+44)'s "When Your Heart Stops Beating" at No. 89, Ludacris' "Runaway Love" featuring Mary J. Blige at No. 91 and Young Jeezy's "I Luv It" at No. 100.

Elsewhere on the Billboard charts, six-person group RBD's "Ser O Parecer" zooms 6-1 to overtake the Hot Latin Songs tally, dethroning Alejandro Sanz' "A La Primera Persona" after one week. Carrie Underwood begins a fourth week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with "Before He Cheats," while Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most" flip-flops the No. 1 and 2 positions with Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" to lead the Adult Contemporary chart.

Tool's "The Pot" is No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart for a second week, while My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade" rules Modern Rock for a fifth frame.

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