In the thick of the summer, hit singles from Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani and the Black Eyed Peas remain the most popular in the United States, but a new slate of contenders is on the rise. Carey's "We

In the thick of the summer, hit singles from Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani and the Black Eyed Peas remain the most popular in the United States, but a new slate of contenders is on the rise.

Carey's "We Belong Together" is the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh non-consecutive week of its 15-week chart tenure. It also leads the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list for an eighth week and notches its second week on top of the Pop 100.

Stefani's "Hollaback Girl," a former Hot 100 No. 1, is sitting steady at No. 2 in its 17th week on the chart. On the Pop 100, the cut slips 3-5, but it remains at No. 9 on the R&B/Hip-Hop tally. The Peas' "Don't Phunk With My Heart" holds again at its Pop 100 peak of No. 2 and Hot 100 peak of No. 3.

All three titles are in the top 20 of Billboard's Hot Ringtones chart, where "Together" holds at No. 4, "Hollaback" rises 12-11 and "Phunk" jumps 33-19. 50 Cent's "Just a Lil Bit" remains No. 1 on that chart for a third consecutive week.

But budding hits from the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Missy Elliott and Kelly Clarkson are turning up the heat. The Dolls' "Don't Cha" featuring Busta Rhymes makes a 7-4 move on the Hot 100 and sits tight at No. 6 on the Pop 100, while Rihanna's "Pon de Replay" advances 9-5 on the former and 9-6 on the latter.

Elliott's "Lose Control" featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop makes a 10-6 Hot 100 push and is up 14-11 on the Pop 100. Clarkson, whose single "Breakaway" holds the No. 1 post on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart for a 20th week, sees "Behind These Hazel Eyes" move 8-7 in the Hot 100 and 4-3 on the Pop 100.

Every one of the aforementioned singles, save for the 50 Cent cut, is in the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart. But the big story there is the popularity of Jessica Simpson's version of "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'." The remake of Nancy Sinatra's iconic single leaps 8-1 on the tally, and snags the greatest sales gainer title on the Hot 100, where it bolts 33-14 in its second week. The single from Columbia's "Dukes of Hazzard" soundtrack also jumps 42-12 on the Pop 100.

Also making waves is Bow Wow's "Let Me Hold You" featuring Omarion, which rises 3-1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, holds at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop list and advances 15-11 on the Hot 100. On the latter two charts, "Hold" is the title that made the biggest airplay gains.

The Hot 100's top debut is a version of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by Paul McCartney with U2 at No. 48. Recorded during the London Live 8 concert, the track was made available through Apple's iTunes music store shortly after the artists finished performing it, with proceeds benefiting Live 8. The cut is also new at No. 12 on the Hot Digital Songs list.

Also new to the Hot 100 are David Banner's "Play" (No. 90), Young Jeezy's "And Then What" featuring Mannie Fresh (No. 91), NB Ridaz's "Notice Me" featuring Angelina (No. 94) and 50 Cent's "Outta Control (Remix)" featuring Mobb Deep (No. 96).

On the Hot Country Songs chart, Toby Keith's "As Good As I Once Was" advances 2-1, ending the three-week reign of Rascal Flatts' "Fast Cars and Freedom," which falls to No. 2.

Seether's "Remedy" is No. 1 for a fourth week on Billboard's Mainstream Rock airplay chart, while Foo Fighters' "Best of You" leads the Modern Rock list for a third. Shakira is No. 1 for a seventh non-consecutive week on the Hot Latin Songs chart with "La Tortura" featuring Alejandro Sanz.

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