Destiny's Child's "Independent Women Part 1" defies stormy weather with a smooth sail into its 11th straight week at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. It was expected that the perpetual No. 2 entry, Sha
Destiny's Child's "Independent Women Part 1" defies stormy weather with a smooth sail into its 11th straight week at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. It was expected that the perpetual No. 2 entry, Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me," was going to topple "Independent" from the chart's top post this week. But it fell short, as "Independent" got an unexpected power boost from sales of its maxi-single, released in December.
The Hot 100 sees a lot of activity this week, perhaps showing signs that the chart is rallying back to life after the post-holiday blues. Jennifer Lopez's "Love Don't Cost A Thing" is the fastest growing track at radio and jumps 10-4 in just its eighth week on the chart. Joe's "Stutter" was the fastest growing track at retail and catapults 28-13.
Aerosmith's "Jaded" is the top debut at No. 58, ahead of the Ricky Martin/Christina Aguilera duet "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely" at No. 66, Dave Matthews Band's "I Did It" at No. 76, and Jessica Andrews' "Who I Am" at No. 78.
As reported yesterday, U.S. album sales continued their January decline, dropping 7% from last week. The Beatles' "1" (Apple/Capitol) held on to its No. 1 post on The Billboard 200 for the seventh week, selling 260,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. Driven by "It Wasn't Me," Shaggy's "Hotshot" stayed at No. 2 on the strength of 191,000 copies sold. Sales of "Now 5" (Sony/Zomba/Universal/EMI/CRG) dropped 22%, but the title managed to keep the chart's No. 3 spot, selling 128,000 units. The week's top debut is the soundtrack for the cable prison drama "Oz" (Avatar) at No. 42.
"Oz" was also the top debut at No. 8 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally. Snoop Dogg's "Tha Last Meal" (No Limit/Priority) continues to rule the roost, rolling into its fourth week at No. 1. The single "Baby If You're Ready" assumes the top position on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles, sending Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch's "Oh No" featuring Nate Dogg down to No. 3.
On Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, the Dixie Chicks' single "Without You" climbs to No. 1 in its 22nd week, bumping Sara Evan's "Born To Fly" down to No. 3. On Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally, Lifehouse's "Hanging By A Moment" ended the 12 week reign at No. 1 for Fuel's "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)." DMB's "I Did It" bolts 27-13 in its second week.
Juan Gabriel's "Abrazame Muy Fuerte" grabs hold of the top post on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart, knocking MDO's "Te Quise Olvidor" down to No. 2. Christina Aguilera's "Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti" is the top debut at No. 27, trailed by Joan Sebastian's "Un Idiota" at No. 28, and Noelia's "Ni Una Lagrima Mas" at No. 29.?
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