In addition to notching a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Candy Shop” featuring Olivia, 50 Cent also moves 11-6 as the featured artist on the Game’s “Hate It or Love It” giving him four current top 10 hits. The rapper is the first artist to do this since 1964, when the Beatles held the top five spots on the tally.
“Hate It or Love It” is the Hot 100’s greatest airplay gainer for a second week and the second top 10 track for the two recently feuding rappers. 50 Cent is also featured on the Game’s “How We Do,” which falls 7-8 this week.
50’s own “Disco Inferno” drops two to No. 5 and his new single “Just a Lil Bit” climbs 87-75. But it’s not all good fortunes for the rapper, as “Piggy Bank,” which debuted last week at No. 88, falls off the chart this week.
Besides holding sway on the Hot 100, “Candy Shop” shows few signs of slowing down on many other Billboard charts. The track is the Hot Digital Songs No. 1 for a seventh week and track tops the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Hot 100 Airplay lists for a third.
Although remaining locked at No. 2 for a fifth week on the Hot 100, the 16-week spell of Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is finally broken on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks tally as Beck’s “E-Pro” makes a 2-1 move to earn the artist his first No. 1 on this chart since “Loser” in early 1994. “Boulevard” slips to No. 5, but holds onto the top slot of the Mainstream Rock Tracks list for a 13th consecutive week.
Back on the Hot 100, Frankie J’s “Obsession (No Es Amor) featuring Baby Bash and Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” each climb one rung, landing at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Clarkson’s latest single also earns a second week atop the Pop 100 and gains 2-1 on the Pop 100 Airplay list, sending Green Day’s “Boulevard” to No. 2.
Rounding out the top tier of the Hot 100, Mario’s “Let Me Love You” slips 6-7, Usher’s “Caught Up” slides 8-9 and Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl” featuring Eve is No. 10 for a second week.
Will Smith grabs greatest digital gainer honors with “Switch,” which leaps 56-23. The debut single from Smith’s upcoming Interscope release, “Lost & Found,” is his highest-charting Hot 100 single since “Wild, Wild West” featuring Dru Hill and Kool Mo Dee peaked at No. 1 in 1999.
At No. 32, Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone’s “Cry Baby/Piece of My Heart” is the Hot 100’s top debut. The Janis Joplin medley, which the duo performed at this year’s Grammy Awards, was released last week as an iTunes exclusive with proceeds benefiting the cancer research organizations City of Hope and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
Other Hot 100 debuts include Ben Folds’ “Bitches Ain’t S***” (No. 71), Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback” (No. 82), Destiny’s Child’s “Girl” (No. 90), Dierks Bentley’s “Lot of Leavin’ Left To Do” (No. 96) and Breaking Benjamin’s “Sooner or Later” (No. 99).
On Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday” is No. 1 for a second week, making it the first independently distributed song in almost 30 years to reign for more than one week.