Kingston holds court at top of Hot 100


NEW YORK -- A week after soaring from No. 23 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" begins a second week in the top spot on the chart. The newcomer's self-titled debut album, released by Beluga Heights/Epic, opened yesterday at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Kingston also has the Hot 100's top debut at No. 28 with "Me Love," the first time an artist ranked No. 1 and scored Hot Shot Debut honors since Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" and "Listen" in January.

The top challenger of "Beautiful Girls" is Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry," which rebounds from third to second in its 16th chart week. Plain White T's' former No. 1, "Hey There Delilah," slides from No. 2 to No. 3, while Timbaland's "The Way I Are" featuring Keri Hilson is up from fifth to fourth.

At No. 6 is Kanye West's Daft Punk-sampling "Stronger," which debuted last week at No. 47. In its first full week of sales, the cut shifted 143,000 downloads, narrowly missing West's best weekly sum. "Gold Digger" sold 147,000 in early January 2006.

T-Pain's "Bartender" featuring Akon drops from sixth to seventh this week on the Hot 100, while Hurricane Chris' "A Bay Bay" inches up from No. 10 to No. 8, and Fabolous' "Make Me Better" featuring Ne-Yo holds at No. 9. Shop Boyz's "Party Like a Rockstar" falls from No. 7 to No. 10 to round out the top tier.

The only other debuts this week on the Hot 100 come from Dierks Bentley's "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" at No. 89, Luke Bryan's "All My Friends Say" at No. 90 and Robin Thicke's "Can U Believe" at No. 100.

Fantasia remains unbeatable on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where "When I See U" is No. 1 for seventh week. Ja Rule's "Uh Ohhh!!" -- the first single from his first new album in three years -- debuts at No. 71. The rapper's new album, "Mirror," is due Nov. 13 via the Inc.

On Hot Country Songs, Kenny Chesney's "Never Wanted Nothing More" begins a third week at No. 1. With a No. 20 debut for her new single, "So Small," Carrie Underwood becomes the highest-debuting female artist since the chart expanded from 30 to 50 positions in January 1964. "So Small" is the first single from her currently untitled Oct. 23 sophomore album.

The White Stripes' "Icky Thump" is No. 1 for a third week on the Modern Rock chart, where Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" is the top debut at No. 16. On Mainstream Rock, Three Days Grace's "Never Too Late" jumps from third to first to overtake Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer."