'Idols' Still Rule Billboard's Singles Charts
Reality TV's latest musical successes show no sign of slowing down, as "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard hold their respective 1-2 positions on Billboard's Hot 100 for a sReality TV's latest musical successes show no sign of slowing down, as "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard hold their respective 1-2 positions on Billboard's Hot 100 for a second week. Aiken's "This Is the Night" (RCA) remains at No. 1 on the chart, while Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" (J Records) holds down the No. 2 slot. Each holds the same position on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.
Studdard's version of "Superstar" is also No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart and No. 15 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. On the Adult Contemporary chart, Aiken's "Night" is No. 27 and Studdard's "Wings" is No. 30.
Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z is up 6-3 on the Hot 100, and assumes the same position on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, up from No. 5. The cut is from her Columbia album "Dangerously in Love," which was released Tuesday and is expected to make a big splash on The Billboard 200 next week.
50 Cent continues to assert his singles chart dominance, though the rapper du jour doesn't occupy the No. 1 spot on any list. His former chart-topper "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg falls two to No. 5 on the Hot 100, and one notch to the same position on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Meanwhile, Lil' Kim's "Magic Stick," which features 50 Cent, jumps one position to No. 4 on the Hot 100 and to No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop tally.
Monica's "So Gone," the lead single from her Billboard 200-topping "After the Storm" (J), spends a third week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and holds steady at No. 11 on the Hot 100.
"Right Thurr," the first single from Chingy's forthcoming Capitol album "Jackpot," is the Hot 100's fastest growing airplay track, a week after making the biggest sales jump on the chart. The song leaps 21-15 on the Hot 100 and 12-7 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Mary J. Blige's "Love At 1st Sight" featuring Method Man is the highest debut on the Hot 100, checking in at No. 63.
Other Hot 100 debuts include Tracy Byrd's "The Truth About Men" at No. 79, Wynonna's "What the World Needs" at No. 80 and Bow Wow's "Let's Get Down" featuring Baby at No. 90. The latter is the first cut from the teenage rapper's third album, "Unleashed," due July 22 from Columbia.
Looking at some of Billboard's other singles charts, Chevelle's Epic track "Send the Pain Below" hops 2-1 to lead the Modern Rock Tracks tally, ending the five-week reign of Trapt's "Headstrong." On the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, Audioslave's "Like a Stone" extends its streak at No. 1 to 12 weeks in a row. And on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup, Toby Keith's duet with Willie Nelson, "Beer for My Horses," is No. 1 for a fourth straight week.