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NEW YORK — T.I. establishes the mark for biggest jump to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as “Whatever You Want” soars from No. 71 to the top spot in its third week on the list. The new chart will be published Thursday on Billboard.biz.
A No. 1 opening on Hot Digital Songs with sales of 205,000 downloads is the impetus for the record-setting Hot 100 move, which surpasses the 64-1 hike taken by Maroon5’s “Makes Me Wonder” in the May 12, 2007, issue.
“Want” is the rapper’s first No. 1 as a lead artist (he was featured on Justin Timberlake’s 2006 chart-topper, “My Love”) and his opening-week digital sum is the best by a rap track since Nielsen SoundScan began compiling download data in 2003.
The song is also faring well at radio, jumping 33-20 on Hot 100 Airplay and 13-8 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
T.I.’s new Grand Hustle/Atlantic album, “Paper Trail,” is due Sept. 30. The rapper, who pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges in conjunction with an October arrest in Atlanta, will eventually serve a year in jail following the completion of 1,000 hours of community service.
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