Beyoncé and Sean Paul are still on top of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Baby Boy." The song cruises to an eighth-straight week at the peak of the tally, once again fending off "Stand Up" from Ludacri
Beyoncé and Sean Paul are still on top of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Baby Boy." The song cruises to an eighth-straight week at the peak of the tally, once again fending off "Stand Up" from Ludacris and Shawnna, which remains No. 2. Narrowing the gap, however, is OutKast's "Hey Ya!" The song is the chart's fastest-growing track at radio for the second week in a row and enjoys a 13-5 gain.
"Hey Ya!" is one of two singles from OutKast's double-CD "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista). "The Way You Move" featuring Sleepy Brown is also performing well, hanging in the top-10 with a 7-8 dip this week. Yet "Hey Ya!" is the clear crossover hit, and earns an 8-6 jump on the Top 40 Mainstream chart published by Billboard sister publication Airplay Monitor.
Additionally, "Hey Ya!" tops Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks tally for the sixth week in a row. This marks a minor milestone on Billboard's charts: it's the first time the top title on the Hot Digital Tracks chart has outsold the No. 1 commercial single on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales tally. "Hey Ya!" leads the digital list with 8,000 downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, while MercyMe's "I Can Only Imagine" (INO/Curb) sold 7,000 copies to top Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. To date, "Hey Ya! has sold 26,000 downloads.
The Hot 100's top-10 welcomes a pair of new cuts this week. Baby Bash's "Suga Suga" featuring Frankie J skips 11-9, giving the act its first top-10 hit. Meanwhile, R. Kelly earns another top-10 single as "Step In the Name of Love" moves up two notches to No. 10.
Elsewhere on the Hot 100, G-Unit and Jay-Z are shooting up the chart. G-Unit's "Stunt 101" bolts 28-17 and Jay-Z's "Change Clothes" rockets 54-31. Both G-Unit's "Beg for Mercy" (Shady/Interscope) and Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) will be released tomorrow (Nov. 14).
Avant's "Read Your Mind" is the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail. The song is up 34-30, a peak it has reached in eight weeks. "Read Your Mind" has already established itself as a hit on urban radio, and it holds at No. 10 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for the second week.
The Hot 100's top debut comes from second-season "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, whose "Invisible" arrives at No. 57. Aiken's last single, "This Is The Night," debuted at No. 1 in June.
Other notable entries on the Hot 100 include Puddle Of Mudd's "Away From Me" at No. 74, Joe's "More & More" at No. 78, Too Short's "Shake That Monkey" featuring Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz at No. 97 and "I Can't Take You Anywhere" from Scotty Emerick and Toby Keith at No. 98. Keith also has the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup for the second week with "I Love This Bar," and the No. 1 album  with "Shock'n Y'All" (DreamWorks).
On Billboard's rock airplay charts, Staind's "So Far Away" is displaced by tracks from Linkin Park and A Perfect Circle. The latter returns to the top of the Modern Rock Tracks tally for a third week with "Weak and Powerless." Over on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, Linkin Park's "Numb" jumps 3-1 as "So Far Away" falls to No. 2. "So Far Away" logged seven, non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Modern Rock chart and 14 on top of the Mainstream Rock tally.
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