Beyoncé Still No. 1, 'High School' Breaks Record
Beyoncé's "Check On It" featuring Slim Thug retains its No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, but the star this week is the "High School Musical" soundtrack, which spawns severalBeyoncé's "Check On It" featuring Slim Thug retains its No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, but the star this week is the "High School Musical" soundtrack, which spawns several history-making chart debuts. Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens' "Breaking Free" makes Hot 100 history with the biggest one-week jump of all time, rocketing 86-4. The song garnered no airplay; its 82-point rise is purely the result of digital downloads.
"Breaking Free" is also the Hot 100's greatest sales gainer and earns the distinction as the Walt Disney label's highest-ranked Hot 100 song of all time (for more, see this week's Chart Beat). It also leaps 57-1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, sending "Check on It" to No. 2. However, the Beyoncé track remains atop the Pop 100 and rises 5-3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and seizes the No. 1 spot on the Hot Ringtones chart, ending the 10-week run of the Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps." Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" rises 4-3 on the Hot 100 and leads the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a sixth straight week.
On the Hot 100, James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" jumps 8-5, Ne-Yo's "So Sick" ascends 12-6 and Chris Brown's "Run It!" drops 3-7. The Pussycat Dolls' "Stickwitu" falls 5-9, while Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" featuring Ludacris rockets 18-8 on the Hot 100. It also holds its No. 2 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, despite its parent album falling 1-3 on The Billboard 200.
Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" jumps 14-10 to round out the Hot 100's top tier. Keyshia Cole's "Love" is the chart's greatest airplay gainer, shooting 82-49.
The top four Hot 100 debuts this week all derive from the "High School Musical" soundtrack, starting with Efron and Hudgens' "Start of Something New" (No. 28), which is also the Hot 100's top debut of 2006. The duo's "What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)," registers at No. 67, while Hudgens' "When There Was Me and You" debuts at No. 72.
Also new are the High School Musical Cast's "We're All In This Together" (No. 34) and "Stick to the Status Quo" (No. 43); Lucas Gabreel and Ashley Tisdale's "What I've Been Looking For" (No. 35) and "Bop To The Top" (No. 62); P.O.D.'s "Goodbye for Now" (No. 48); Gwen Stefani's "Crash" (No. 95); and the All-American Rejects' "Move Along" (No. 100).
Daddy Yankee's "Rompe" sits atop the Hot Latin Songs chart for a tenth straight week, while Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel" leads the Hot Country Songs chart for a fourth frame. On the Adult Contemporary chart, Lifehouse's "You And Me" maintains the No. 1 spot for a third week.
Weezer's "Perfect Situation" also holds at No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart for a third week, while Nickelback's "Animals" rises 4-1 on the Mainstream Rock tally, knocking Shinedown's "Save Me" to No. 4.