Stefani Holds Hot 100 Lead As Ciara Surges

Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" sits at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 again this week, but it looks as though the latest single from Ciara has designs on making it to the top. In addition to spending t

Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" sits at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 again this week, but it looks as though the latest single from Ciara has designs on making it to the top.

In addition to spending the second of its seven Hot 100 weeks at the summit, the single from Stefani's solo debut, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby," also remains in the pole position of the Pop 100 for a second week and Hot Digital Songs list for a third. As reported yesterday, her Interscope album falls 6-10 this week on The Billboard 200.

But Ciara's "Oh" featuring Ludacris continues its aggressive ascent toward the top of the Hot 100 with a 5-3 move. The track has jumped 17-8-5 in the past three weeks and also moves up one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally to the No. 2 position.

In between the girls on the Hot 100 at No. 2 is the Game's "Hate It or Love It" featuring 50 Cent for a second week, while Akon's "Lonely" is No. 4 for a fourth.

Making a substantial move is 50 Cent's "Just a Lil Bit," which shoots 14-5. The chart's greatest airplay gainer is the latest single from the rapper's "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), which was certified quadruple-platinum in April by the Recording Industry Association of America. The rapper's "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia, which spent nine weeks wearing the Hot 100 crown, falls 3-6.

With a 12-7 jump, "We Belong Together" becomes the 23rd Hot 100 top 10 title of Mariah Carey's career. As a lead artist, Carey last appeared in the top tier with "Loverboy" in 2001, which peaked at No. 2.

Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" drops 6-8 and while Rob Thomas' "Lonely No More" dips 7-9 on the Hot 100, it takes the lead on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart with a 2-1 move.

To go along with a No. 3 entry on The Billboard 200 with his DTP/Def Jam debut, "Disturbing Tha Peace Presents Bobby Valentino" the R&B artist adds his first Hot 100 top 10 with "Slow Down." The cut bounds 16-10 there and is also No. 1 for a third week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Amerie, whose "Touch" (Columbia/Sony Music) bows this week at No. 5 on The Billboard 200, falls 10-12 on the Hot 100 with "1 Thing." But download sales of the cut remain strong, giving it greatest digital gainer status on the Hot 100 and a 27-16 boost on the Hot Digital Songs chart.

Dave Matthews Band's "American Baby" makes its Hot 100 bow at No. 19 and is the highest debut of the week, earning the group its career-best position on this chart. The song can be found on DMB's new album, "Stand Up," due Tuesday (May 10) from RCA.

In a slow week for debuts, the Foo Fighters' "Best of You" joins the DMB cut as the only other new visitor on the chart at No. 51. The Dave Grohl-led rock act's new double album, "In Your Honor," is due June 14 via RCA.

On Billboard's rock airplay charts, Green Day's "Holiday" tops the Modern Rock tally for a second week, while Audioslave's "Be Yourself" notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock list.

Jo Dee Messina's "My Give a Damn's Busted" climbs 5-1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, as previous chart-topper Brooks & Dunn's "It's Getting Better All the Time" drops to No. 4.