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NEW YORK — Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” isn’t budging atop the Billboard Hot 100, where it begins a third week. The song’s top challengers remain Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” which holds at No. 2 for a second week, and Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” featuring Keri Hilson, which inches up from fourth to third and is the chart’s fastest growing track at radio.
But Kingston already has another contender in the wings. His “Me Love” is the Hot 100’s greatest digital gainer, prompting a gain from No. 28 to No. 15 in its second week on the chart.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Plain White T’s’ “Hey There Delilah” slips from third to fourth, while Rihanna’s “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z, Kanye West’s “Stronger” and T-Pain’s “Bartender” featuring Akon all stay put at the No. 5-7 positions, respectively. Fabolous’ “Make Me Better” featuring Ne-Yo” rebounds from ninth to eighth, trading places with Hurricane Chris’ “A Bay Bay.” Plies’ “Shawty” featuring T-Pain rounds out the top 10 with a jump from 12th to 10th.
50 Cent enjoys the chart’s top debut at No. 22 with “Ayo Technology” featuring Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent. The track from his Sept. 11 release, “Curtis,” surpasses his prior best start with “Straight to the Bank” at No. 32 in May.
Also new is Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This” at No. 45, his best Hot 100 debut as a lead artist since “It’s Your Love” opened at No. 36 in 1997. The song was recorded live at the ACM Awards in May. Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” bows at No. 56 on the big chart and soars from No. 16 to No. 3 on the Modern Rock chart in just its second week.
Jonas Brothers’ “S.O.S.” is new at No. 65 on the Hot 100, followed by new Billboard 200 chart-toppers UGK at No. 74 with “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” featuring OutKast. Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am’s “I Got It From My Mama” debuts at No. 93, followed by Daughtry’s “Over You” at No. 94 and Maroon5’s “Wake Up Call” at No. 99.
Fantasia’s “When I See U” begins an eighth week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where Chaka Khan scores her highest debut since 1996 with “Angel” at No. 58. Her new album, “Funk This,” is due Sept. 25 via Burgundy.
Kenny Chesney is No. 1 for a third straight frame on Hot Country Songs with “Never Wanted Nothing More.” George Strait notches his 105th appearance on the chart this week with “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls,” which is the top debut at No. 35.
On Modern Rock, Finger Eleven’s “Paralyzer” ascends to the top of the chart, knocking the White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” down to No. 2. “Paralyzer” previously topped the Mainstream Rock tally earlier this month; on that chart, Three Days Grace’s “Never Too Late” is No. 1 for a second week.
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