Mario's 'Love' Endures At No. 1
Music fans continue to adore the latest from Mario. For the sixth week in a row, his hit single "Let Me Love You" can be found at the top of Billboard's Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop SMusic fans continue to adore the latest from Mario. For the sixth week in a row, his hit single "Let Me Love You" can be found at the top of Billboard's Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Airplay charts, and for a second at the summit of the Mainstream Top 40 list.
"Let Me Love You" stems from Mario's 3rd Street/J album "Turning Point," which falls 15-17 on The Billboard 200. The set debuted at No. 13 in December and has sold 620,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Along with Mario, most of the top 10 of the Hot 100 remains entrenched, with only T.I.'s "Bring Em Out" breaking into the upper echelon with a 14-9 move. The cut also moves 7-6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and posted the biggest sales gains on both tallies.
Ciara's "1, 2 Step" featuring Missy Elliott is No. 2 for the fifth week on the Hot 100, followed for a third week by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's "Lovers and Friends" featuring Usher and Ludacris. The latter is also No. 1 for a fourth week on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart.
Destiny's Child's "Soldier" is No. 4 on the Hot 100 for a second week, while Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell is No. 5 for a fifth.
The Game's "How We Do" featuring 50 Cent is steady at No. 6 for a second week. As reported yesterday, the rapper's debut Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope album "The Documentary" scores a No. 1 bow on The Billboard 200. The set sold 587,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, leading the competition by more than 500,000 units.
50 Cent is still on fire as "Disco Inferno" sits tight at No. 7 on the Hot 100 for a second week. By adding "Candy Shop" to the chart at No. 53 as this week's top debut, the rapper has a total of four tracks currently on the Hot 100, as he's also a featured artist on Eminem's "Encore" at No. 64. 50's new album, "St. Valentine's Day Massacre," is due March 8 from Shady/Aftermath/Interscope.
While Mario has things covered on the R&B singles charts, Green Day reigns in the rock world with "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." In addition to a No. 8 berth on the Hot 100 for a second week, the song is No. 1 for a fourth week on Hot Digital Songs chart, a fifth on the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally and a ninth on the Modern Rock Tracks list.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10 is Nelly's "Over and Over" featuring Tim McGraw, which is in the No. 10 spot for a second week.
Continuing what he started in 2004, Usher is creeping through the Hot 100 ranks with another single from his smash LaFace/Zomba album "Confessions." This week "Caught Up" takes a 24-14 leap and is the chart's fastest-growing song at radio.
Also making notable gains are Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" (41-28), Fantasia's "Truth Is" (51-34), Mariah Carey's "It's Like That" (53-36), Frankie J's "Obsession (No es Amor)" featuring Baby Bash (63-46) and Nivea's "Okay" featuring Lil' Jon and YoungBloodz (80-66).
Other Hot 100 debuts are Twista's "Hope" featuring Faith Evans (No. 65), Nelly's "N Dey Sey" (No. 69), 3 Doors Down's "Let Me Go" (No. 73), Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday" (No. 74) and Montgomery Gentry's "Gone" (No. 76), while 2Pac's "Thugs Get Lonely Too" featuring Nate Dogg re-enters at No. 100.
Brad Paisley earns his fourth No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart this week as "Mud on the Tires" makes a 3-1 jump to overtake Darryl Worley's "Awful, Beautiful Life," which falls to No. 4.