Beyoncé and Sean Paul are sitting on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for the ninth week with "Baby Boy." As has been the story for several weeks, the song is able to hold "Stand Up" from Ludacris and
Beyoncé and Sean Paul are sitting on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for the ninth week with "Baby Boy." As has been the story for several weeks, the song is able to hold "Stand Up" from Ludacris and Shawnna to No. 2 as OutKast's "Hey Ya!" continues its march to the summit.
Up two positions, "Hey Ya!" lands at a new peak of No. 3 in just seven weeks on the chart. Giving the track some added bounce is its dominance on MTV, where it's currently the seventh most-played video.
Not far behind is another OutKast track, "The Way You Move" featuring Sleepy Brown, which is up 8-5. It's been more than eight years since an act has posted two songs in the Hot 100's top-5: In April 1995, TLC's "Creep" was No. 3, while "Red Light Special" was No. 4.
Yet if either OutKast song is to take over the chart, it will not only have to get past "Baby Boy," but the formidable "Stand Up" as well. The latter leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks roundup for the fifth week and the Hot Rap Tracks chart for the sixth.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio is "Milkshake" from Kelis. Taken from her upcoming Arista album, "Tasty," the song moves 25-13 and marks the highest Kelis has been on the Hot 100, either on her own or as a guest on another artist's track. Her previous best was a No. 26 showing with Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Got Your Money" in January 2000. That same month, her own "Caught Out There" peaked at No. 54.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is G-Unit's "Stunt 101." The song hops 17-15 and is No. 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally. As reported yesterday, the 50 Cent-led group's debut Shady/Interscope album, "Beg for Mercy," debuts this week at No. 3 on The Billboard 200.
The Hot 100's top debut is Christina Aguilera's "The Voice Within" at No. 62. It's the fifth single from Aguilera's 2002 RCA set "Stripped" to reach the chart. Other notable entries include Mya's "Fallen" (No. 68), Tracy Byrd's "Drinkin' Bone" (No. 74), Three Days Grace's "(I Hate) Everything About You" (No. 75), Kanye West's "Through the Wire" (No. 94) and Smokie Norful's "I Need You Now" (No. 96).
Alicia Keys is out to prove that the success of her Arista debut was no fluke. New single "You Don't Know My Name" jumps 12-8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, giving the young singer her fourth top-10 hit on that chart. It also marks her quickest ascent to the top-10, reaching the No. 8 post in just five weeks. Keys' sophomore album, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," will arrive Dec. 2 in U.S. stores.
On Billboard's rock airplay charts, A Perfect Circle's "Weak and Powerless" tops the Modern Rock Tracks chart for a fourth, non-consecutive week, while Linkin Park's "Numbs" is No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally for the second.
Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar" drinks in the view from the No. 1 post Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup for the third week in a row. The song once again holds Rascal Flatts' "I Melt" to No. 2. Further down, Lonestar's "Waling in Memphis" moves 13-10, giving the group its 14th top-10 single. The only other act to score 14 top-10 singles on that chart is the Dixie Chicks.