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NEW YORK — Soulja Boy begins his second straight and fourth non-consecutive week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” but he’s facing stiff competition from a former pop princess. Britney Spears rockets 68-3 on the chart with “Gimme More” after selling 179,000 downloads, her first top 10 hit since “Toxic” in March 2004.
Kanye West’s “Stronger” holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, while Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” featuring Keri Hilson slides 3-4. Also down one spot is Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” at No. 5. At No. 6, Timbaland earns his third top 10 from his album “Shock Value” with “Apologize” featuring OneRepublic, which jumps 16 spots.
J. Holiday’s “Bed” falls 5-7, while Feist’s “1, 2, 3, 4” rockets 28-8 thanks to continued exposure in an iPod Nano TV spot. The track sold 128,000 downloads this week, a 75% increase over the previous frame. Keyshia Cole’s “Let It Go” featuring Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim falls 7-9 and Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” holds at No. 10 to round out the top tier.
Kanye West’s “Good Life” featuring T-Pain falls 13-18 thanks to declining digital sales but makes him the first lead artist since Nelly in July 2002 to take successive greatest airplay gainer honors with two different songs. “Stronger” claimed the award last week.
The Hot 100’s top debut comes from Jordin Sparks’ “Tattoo” at No. 58. It’s the first single from the “American Idol” champ’s self-titled debut, due Nov. 20. Self-released artist Ingrid Michaelson, who rose to fame after one of her songs appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” in May, scores her first Hot 100 ink with “The Way I Am” at No. 80.
J. Holiday’s “Bed” is still holding strong atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs after four weeks. Mary J. Blige’s “Just Fine” is the top debut there at No. 50; her new Geffen album, “Growing Pains,” arrives Nov. 27.
On Hot Country Songs, Brad Paisley extends his No. 1 streak to five as “Online” climbs 2-1. It’s the longest such streak since Toby Keith scored six chart-toppers in a row between September 2001 and December 2002.
Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” remain a juggernaut on Billboard’s rock charts, beginning a seventh week at No. 1 on Modern Rock and a second on Mainstream Rock.
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