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NEW YORK — With his long-delayed new album “Tha Carter III” finally due next week, Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” begins a fourth frame at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But there’s strong competition from Coldplay and Katy Perry, both of whom enjoy big jumps thanks to digital sales.
Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” jumps 10-3 to become the biggest Hot 100 hit of the band’s career. The tune, which soundtracks an iTunes TV commercial and was performed Sunday on the MTV Movie Awards, sold 219,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The U.K. band’s previous high-water mark on the Hot 100 was with “Speed of Sound,” which peaked at No. 8 in 2005.
Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” soars from No. 21 to No. 5 with sales of 173,000 downloads. Her Capitol debut, “One of the Boys,” arrives June 17.
Elsewhere on the Hot 100, Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” holds at No. 2, Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” remains at No. 4 despite being the top airplay gainer this week and Usher’s “Love in This Club” featuring Young Jeezy stays put at No. 6.
Jordin Sparks’ “No Air” featuring Chris Brown drops from No. 5 to No. 7, Ray J & Yung Berg’s “Sexy Can I” slides from No. 7 to No. 8, and “American Idol” champ David Cook’s “The Time of My Life” falls from No. 3 to No. 9. Only three of the 11 record-breaking debuts from last week remain on the Hot 100 by Cook, but “The Time of My Life” manages a record-breaking debut at No. 31 on the Adult Top 40. It’s the highest opening for a career-starting single by a solo male there.
Madonna’s “4 Minutes” featuring Justin Timberlake drops from No. 8 to No. 10 to round out the top tier.
Lil Wayne has the top debut on the Hot 100 this week with “Got Money” featuring T-Pain at No. 13. The rapper has four listings in the top 40 of the chart, three as a lead artist. That’s the most for a lead act since 50 Cent had three in the May 7, 2005, issue of Billboard.
Also new this week are Usher’s “Moving Mountains” at No. 72 and the Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up” at No. 76. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, “Lollipop” is tops for a sixth week, while “Moving Mountains” is the top debut at No. 55.
Brad Paisley is No. 1 on Hot Country Songs for a third week with “I’m Still a Guy.” But Jessica Simpson dazzles there with her first country single, “Come on Over,” which debuts at No. 41. For a solo artist with no prior history on the tally, this is the biggest debut since Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems began tracking in January 1990. Simpson’s debut country album is due later this year.
On Billboard’s rock roundups, Weezer is No. 1 on Modern Rock with “Pork & Beans” for a fifth week, and Disturbed’s “Inside the Fire” tops Mainstream Rock for a fifth as well.
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