Guest Appearances Keep Jay-Z On Top
Jay-Z has the Midas touch when it comes to guest appearances. On Billboard's Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z cruises to a sixth-straight week at No. 1. Although the track surreJay-Z has the Midas touch when it comes to guest appearances. On Billboard's Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z cruises to a sixth-straight week at No. 1. Although the track surrenders the top spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally after three weeks, Jay-Z remains at No. 1 there as a featured performer on Pharrell Williams' "Frontin'."
"Frontin'" bolts 6-1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart due to a huge airplay spike in urban markets, and gives Neptunes/N*E*R*D principal Williams his first No. 1 as a solo artist. On the Hot 100, the single is up two to a new peak position at No. 13.
Williams and his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo have scored five prior No. 1's on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Some of the songs the Neptunes recently helped power to the top of the tally include Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss," Nelly's "Hot in Herre" and LL Cool J's "Luv U Better."
Only one song is new to the Hot 100's top-10, and it's Fabolous' "Into You" featuring Tamia or Ashanti, up 11-9.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is "Get Low" from Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins. Unfortunately, the boost in sales does not correlate with a gain in airplay, and the cut falls 10-11 on the chart.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio is "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee. The cut, featured on the Bad Boy/Universal soundtrack to "Bad Boys II," is at No. 13 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. As reported yesterday, the soundtrack is No. 1 for a third week on The Billboard 200.
Other songs making gains on the Hot 100 include Bow Wow's "Let's Get Down" featuring Baby (37-30), Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'" (41-35), Christina Aguilera's "Can't Hold Us" featuring Lil' Kim (53-39) and Santana's "Why Don't You & I" featuring Alex Band or Chad Kroeger (56-47).
Hilary Duff's "So Yesterday" is the top debut on the Hot 100, landing at No. 53. Duff's first hit on the chart is driven mainly by sales; a retail version of the single sold 22,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Other notable entries on the Hot 100 include Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul at No. 57, Keith Urban's "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" at No. 75, Audioslave's "Show Me How To Live" at No. 80 and Joe Nichols' "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" at No. 81.
On Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" from Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett holds the No. 1 post for a second-straight week. While the duet looks to continue its dominance, Shania Twain's "Forever and for Always" is making gains, up this week 7-5.
Linkin Park's "Faint" continues to lead Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally for a second-straight week. Over on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, Staind's "So Far Away" gains 2-1, swapping places with Chevelle's "Send the Pain Below."