Stefani Single Ousts 50 Cent From No. 1
A 3-1 move on Billboard's Hot 100 for Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" ends the nine-week reign of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia, which slips to No. 3. Last week, Stefani's single took over the lead on the Hot Digital Songs list, where it spends a second week on top.
"Hollaback" is the latest single from the No Doubt singer's solo debut, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" (Interscope), which has sold nearly 1.8 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is No. 6 on The Billboard 200 in its 22nd week on the chart.
The Game's "Hate It or Love It" featuring 50 Cent remains at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for a fourth week, while Akon's "Lonely" spends a third at No. 4.
Ciara has her eyes on a second Hot 100 chart-topper with "Oh" featuring Ludacris, which jumps 8-5. The R&B newcomer first went to No. 1 in September 2004 with "Goodies" featuring Petey Pablo.
As Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" dips 5-6, her latest single, "Behind These Hazel Eyes," continues its rapid ascent on the chart, making a 65-46 move this week.
To go along with his history-making debut on The Billboard 200, Rob Thomas gains 13-7 with debut single "Lonely No More." As reported yesterday, Thomas became the first male artist from a pop or rock group to bow a first effort in the top slot of The Billboard 200 with "...Something To Be" (Melisma/Atlantic).
Reaching No. 1 at all 15 worldwide iTunes download stores the day after its April 19 release, Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" is the Hot 100's top debut this week at No. 8. The song is the first preview of the band's third album, "X&Y" (Parlophone), due June 6 worldwide and the next day in North America.
“Chart Beat” columnist Fred Bronson reports that Coldplay is only the second U.K. group in the history of the Hot 100 to have a single debut inside the top 10, the first being the Beatles in 1968. The No. 8 debut for "Speed of Sound" is also easily Coldplay's highest-charting single to date; its two prior chart peaks came with "Yellow" in 2001 (No. 48) and "Clocks" in 2003 (No. 29).
In addition, this is the highest debut on the chart since Fantasia's "I Believe" opened at No. 1 in July 2004, and the top debut not affiliated with "American Idol" since Eden's Crush bowed at No. 8 with "Get Over Yourself" in March 2001.
Frankie J's "Obsession" featuring Baby Bash falls 6-9 on the Hot 100, while Amerie's "1 Thing" rounds out the top tier with a second a week at No. 10.
Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" rockets 30-12 and is Hot 100's greatest airplay gainer. The title also jumps 28-14 on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay list.
Green Day's "Holiday" makes a 45-19 move and is the Hot 100's fastest-growing digital track. In addition, the cut takes over the top of the Modern Rock Tracks tally with a 2-1 move, trading places with Audioslave's "Be Yourself," which held the crown for three weeks. "Be Yourself" notches a fourth week atop the Mainstream Rock Tracks list.
Also bowing on the Hot 100 this week are the fourth season American Idol Finalists "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (No. 39), the White Stripes' "Blue Orchid" (No. 43, also a career best), Rascal Flatts' "Fast Cars and Freedom" (No. 86), Marques Houston's "All Because of You" (No. 91), the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" featuring Busta Rhymes (No. 95), Shakira's " La Tortura" featuring Alejandro Sanz (No. 98), Webbie's "Give Me That" featuring Bun B (No. 99) and R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet (Chapter 1 of 5)" (No. 100).
Brooks & Dunn's "It's Getting Better All the Time" takes over the lead on the Hot Country Songs chart with a 2-1 move, replacing Kenny Chesney's "Anything But Mine," which falls to No. 2 after two weeks on top. On the Hot Latin Songs chart, Juanes' "La Camisa Negra" remains No. 1 for a second week.
-- Margo Whitmire, L.A.