Beyonce begins 7th week as Hot 100 leader


NEW YORK - Showing no signs of budging, Beyonce begins a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Irreplaceable" and a ninth atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The cut is also No. 1 on the Pop 100 for a second straight frame and sixth non-consecutive week.

Also making news this week is Justin Timberlake, who becomes the first lead artist since 50 Cent in May 2005 to boast three songs within the Hot 100's top 20. "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" rises 21-12 to join the prior No. 1 hits "My Love" (6-8) and "Sexyback" (13-16) in the chart's upper fifth.

Akon's "I Wanna Love You" and Fergie's "Fergalicious" remain No. 2 and No. 3 on the Hot 100, respectively, while Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right" inches up 5-4, switching places with Akon's "Smack That" featuring Eminem. Jim Jones' "We Fly High" jumps from No. 8 to a new peak position of No. 6, followed by the Fray's "How To Save a Life" at No. 7.

My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade" holds at No. 9, while the All-American Rejects' "It Ends Tonight" remains at No. 10. This week's fastest growing track at radio is Omarion's "Icebox," which rockets 45-30 in its seventh week. One position below that song is the week's greatest digital gainer, Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" featuring Akon, which zooms 53-31.

Teen vocalist Jordan Pruitt owns the Hot 100's top debut this week with "Jump to the Rhythm" at No. 69. The cut is presently featured on Disney's "Jump In!" soundtrack and will also appear on her debut album, due Feb. 6.

Another Disney-reared star, Ashley Tisdale of "High School Musical," opens at No. 77 with "He Said, She Said," from her Warner Bros. debut, "Headstrong." That set also arrives Feb. 6. Additional Hot 100 debuts this week include Mike Jones' "Mr. Jones" at No. 92, the Wreckers' "My, Oh My" at No. 94 and Fergie's "Glamorous" featuring Ludacris at No. 98.

As expected, Rodney Atkins' "Watching You" overthrows Brad Paisley's "She's Everything" on Hot Country Songs, his second No. 1 on this chart. Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy" climbs 12-9, his 14th top 10 hit on the tally.

Mana's "Bendita Tu Luz" is No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart for a third straight week, while Altar's "Party People" featuring Jeanie Tracy leapfrogs Rihanna's "We Ride" to claim the top position on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play tally.

By ascending to No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart with "Snow (Hey Oh)," the Red Hot Chili Peppers join Green Day as the only acts to twice top this tally with three songs from an album. Modest Mouse's "Dashboard," the first single from their upcoming Epic album "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," is the chart's greatest airplay gainer and jumps 32-17.

On the Mainstream Rock chart, Three Days Grace starts a sixth week at No. 1 with "Pain."