“Baby Boy” from Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul is showing no signs of relinquishing its hold on the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. The second chart-topper from Beyoncé’s debut Columbia album, “Dangerously in Love,” holds the No. 1 position on the chart for a fourth-straight week.
But it’s Ludacris that the Destiny’s Child singer and the dancehall sensation have to keep an eye on. Along with scoring his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, the rapper has the Hot 100’s the fastest-growing track at radio with “Stand Up” featuring Shawnna. The cut hops 6-4 to reach a new peak position on the big chart, moves 3-2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and scoots 3-1 on the Hot Rap Tracks tally.
Yet if “Stand Up” has designs on the No. 1 slot on the Hot 100, it’s going to have fight its way past “Get Low” from Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins and former chart-topper “Shake Ya Tailfeather” from Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee. Those cuts swap places at No. 2 and No. 3 on the chart, respectively.
“Stand Up” is one of two songs featuring Ludacris in the Hot 100’s top-10. He makes an appearance on Chingy’s “Holidae In,” which also features Snoop Dogg. With an 18-9 gain on the tally, the track marks Chingy’s second trip to the top-10, where his “Right Thurr” falls 4-7 this week.
Santana’s “Why Don’t You & I” featuring Alex Band or Chad Kroeger, jumps 11-8 to a new peak on the Hot 100. The titles has been on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks and gives Santana its first top-10 appearance since “The Game of Love” featuring Michelle Branch reached No. 5 last year.
Also making gains this week are Fountains Of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom” (38-31), Missy Elliott’s “Pass That Dutch” (48-35), OutKast’s “Hey Ya” (57-41) and Murphy Lee’s “What Da Hook Gon Be” featuring Jermaine Dupri (67-46).
Britney Spears snares the Hot 100’s top debut with “Me Against the Music” featuring Madonna, which bows at No. 50. The first single from Spears’ upcoming Jive album, “In the Zone,” is her 10th song to chart on the Hot 100. For Madonna, it’s her 50th
Other notable entries include Bad Boy’s Da Band’s “Bad Boy This Bad Boy That” (No. 60), Sarah McLachlan’s “Fallen” (No. 73), Sheryl Crow’s “The First Cut Is the Deepest” (No. 75) and Ja Rule’s “Clap Back” (No. 84).
Avant’s “Read Your Mind” is the Hot 100’s fastest-growing track at retail, up this week 60-57. But it’s MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” that is the top-selling single in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The contemporary Christian group’s release leads Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for the second week in a row. On the Hot 100, the track falls 72-77.
On Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup, Gary Allan’s “Tough Little Boys” jumps 2-1. It’s Allan’s second chart topper this year; his “Man to Man” reached the pole position in March. Last week’s No. 1, Tim McGraw’s “Real Good Man,” falls to No. 5.
Staind continues to lead Billboard’s rock airplay charts with “So Far Away.” The cut is No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for a sixth-straight week and tops the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally for an 11th week in a row.