Mario's Valentine: 'Love' Still Rules
Romance is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches, and Mario's "Let Me Love You" is on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for an eighth straight week. His play to capture the heart of an unappreciated womanRomance is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches, and Mario's "Let Me Love You" is on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for an eighth straight week. His play to capture the heart of an unappreciated woman in a bad relationship has been swooning for the same length of time on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay lists.
Mario had the inaugural chart topper last week on Billboard's new Pop 100 Airplay tally, but trades places this week with Ciara's "1, 2 Step" featuring Missy Elliott. But on the Hot 100, "1, 2 Step" remains in second place behind "Love" for a seventh week.
Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" inches closer to the Hot 100 summit with a 4-3 move. Though it falls 2-1 on the Hot Digital Songs tally, the song advances 2-1 on the Pop 100 chart, where "1, 2 Step" falls to No. 2.
"Boulevard" is also immovable on the Billboard rock charts, staking its claim at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks list for a seventh week and an 11th atop the Modern Rock Tracks tally.
Back on the Hot 100, the Game's "How We Do" featuring 50 Cent is two rungs higher at No. 4, as is 50 Cent's "Disco Inferno" at No. 5.
50 Cent is also bounding forward with another single, "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia, which bows at No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart and rockets 30-8 on the Hot 100, where it is the chart's greatest airplay gainer. The title's tally of 40,000 paid downloads is the most first-week transactions in the four months since Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems began tracking the combined sales of multiple song versions including clean, explicit and remixes.
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's "Lovers and Friends" featuring Usher and Ludacris slips 5-6 on the Hot 100, while Destiny's Child's "Soldier" tumbles 3-7. Rounding out the top 10, Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" stays at No. 9 for a second week and Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell drops 8-10.
This week's fastest-growing digital track is Lifehouse's "You and Me." The title, which registered 24,000 downloads, climbs 92-28 on the Hot 100 and takes a 32-6 jump on the Hot Digital Songs chart.
Rob Thomas' "Lonely No More" is the Hot 100's top debut at No. 78. The cut is drawn from the matchbox twenty frontman's solo debut, "...Something To Be," due April 26 via Atlantic.
Also debuting this week on the Hot 100 are Snoop Dogg's "Signs" featuring Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake (No. 83), Jo Dee Messina's "My Give a Damn's Busted" (No. 91), Bowling For Soup's "Almost" (No. 95), Ben Folds' "Landed" (No. 97) and Jamie O'Neal's "Trying To Find Atlantis" (No. 98).
On the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Rascal Flatts' "Bless the Broken Road" remains at No. 1 for a second week.