Eminem, Rihanna Continue to 'Love' Life Atop Hot 100
Eminem and Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie" lies atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, maintaining its standing as airplay continues to increase, reaching a new high of 154.6 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
Late to the game, but providing the bulk of its radio bump, are R&B stations which account for 84% of the title's 5.2 million airplay spike. The song climbs 26-22 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. On Digital Songs, "Lie" drops from the top spot to No. 3 with 207,000 downloads (down 19%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Lil Wayne's "Right Above It," featuring Drake, is the new No. 1 on Digital Songs and the Hot Shot Debut on the Hot 100 at No. 6, moving 225,000 downloads in its premiere week. The song is the incarcerated rapper's first chart-topper and best sales week on the Digital chart and his highest debuting single as a lead artist on the Hot 100.
Wayne's new single, allegedly part of an EP scheduled for release this fall, bests the No. 10 Hot 100 arrival of "Got Money," featuring T-Pain, in September 2008, while the download sum surpasses the 194,000 he shifted with "Lollipop" in June 2008.
Taio Cruz waits patiently for a turn at the top of the Hot 100, holding at No. 2 for a third straight frame with "Dynamite." Katy Perry, whose "Teenage Dream" is expected to top the Billboard 200 next week, lifts the title track 5-3 on the Hot 100, while former No. 1 "California Gurls" slips 3-8 and album cut "E.T." debuts at No. 42 (64,000 downloads).
Enrique Iglesias claims the Airplay Gainer award for the first time since "Hero" turned the trick in October 2001 as "I Like It," featuring Pitbull, holds at No. 4. The track lifts 8-4 on Radio Songs with a gain of 16 million listener impressions.
Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me" cools off a bit as it dips 6-7. After appearing on two top 10s this year as a featured vocalist (B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" and Travie McCoy's "Billionaire"), newcomer Bruno Mars scores his first top 10 as a lead act, as "Just The Way You Are" soars 16-9. The title takes the Digital Gainer award as downloads improve by 55% to 144,000, good for a 12-6 improvement on Digital Songs.
"Magic" by B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo moves 11-10 as the rapper swaps spots in the top 10 with his own "Airplanes," which descends 9-11. For B.o.B, the song is the third top 10 from his debut album. Just two months ago, Jason Derulo became the first male act since Chris Brown in 2006 to accomplish the same feat. Meanwhile, Weezer frontman Cuomo makes his second appearance in the top 10, having previously reached No. 10 for a week with his band's "Beverly Hills" in October 2005.
Nelly earns his highest Hot 100 chart rank since "Grillz" topped the list in January 2006, "Just a Dream" debuts at No. 12 with the rapper's best single-week download total (135,000).
After 27 chart entries on Lyric Street records, including two top 10s, Rascal Flatts makes its first chart entry as part of the Big Machine family, and does so with the highest debut of its career, as "Why Wait" opens at No. 48. Maroon 5 places a second single from its upcoming album onto the list with "Give a Little More" at No. 86. Opening single "Misery" holds at No. 19.
The reunited Soundgarden, which placed its first Billboard chart entry in 1990, makes its inaugural Hot 100 appearance at No. 96 with "Black Rain." The band's prior radio hits, including "Black Hole Sun," which peaked at No. 24 on Radio Songs in 1994, occurred in an era when a physical single was required for entry onto the Hot 100. "Black Rain" debuted at No. 14 on Rock Songs a week ago and dips to No. 16 this week.