July 7, 2005

Mariah still No. 1 on singles chart As ‘Idols’ fade

By Barry A. Jeckell

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together"
ruled Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for a second
consecutive week Thursday, and a sixth week overall.

Gwen Stefani rose two places to No. 2 with "Hollaback
Girl," which also edged up one place to No. 1 on the Hot
Digital Songs list. She also added a title to the Hot 100 in
the week ended July 3 with "Cool," the third single from her
Interscope solo debut, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby," at No. 86.

The Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Phunk With My Heart" rose two
places to No. 3 on the Hot 100, trading places with Stefani on
the Hot Digital Songs chart.

"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood's version of
"Inside Your Heaven" slipped one place to No. 4, followed by
runner-up Bo Bice's take on the track, which dropped three

Rihanna's "Pon de Replay," which jumped four places to No.
9, was the greatest airplay gainer on the Hot 100; Missy
Elliott's "Lose Control" featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop, was
the fastest-growing track at retail, jumping four places to No.
10. The Hot 100 is determined by both radio airplay and retail

The top debut on the Hot 100 was Jessica Simpson's version
of "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'," a tune originally
popularized by Nancy Sinatra. The cut, which stems from the
forthcoming "Dukes of Hazzard" film soundtrack bowed at No. 33
(and at No. 8 on the Hot Digital Songs chart).

Also new to the Hot 100 this were Bobby Valentino's "Tell
Me" (No. 85), Tim McGraw's "Do You Want Fries With That" (No.
90), Van Zant's "Help Somebody" (No. 91), Ying Yang Twins'
"Badd" featuring Mike Jones and Mr. ColliPark (No. 92), Jason
Mraz' "Wordplay" (No. 96), Rob Thomas' "This Is How a Heart
Breaks" (No. 98) and Jermaine Dupri's "Gotta Getcha" (No. 100).

Among the cuts taking notable leaps on the Hot 100 were
Mike Jones' "Back Then" (48-39), Lil' Rob's "Summer Nights"
(73-59), Natasha Bedingfield's "These Words" (77-60),
SheDaisy's "Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing" (83-67), R. Kelly's
"Playa's Only" featuring the Game (90-73) and Sara Evans' "A
Real Fine Place to Start" (99-80).

50 Cent's "Just a Lil' Bit" was No. 1 for a second
consecutive week on the Hot Ringtones chart, while Rascal
Flatts' "Fast Cars and Freedom" was No. 1 for a third on
Billboard's Hot Country Songs list. Seether's "Remedy" led the
Mainstream Rock airplay list for a fourth week and Foo
Fighters' "Best of You" ruled the Modern Rock airplay chart for
a second.

On the Adult Contemporary airplay roundup, Kelly Clarkson's
"Breakaway" refused to budge, holding onto the No. 1 post for a
19th straight week, while Shakira was No. 1 for a sixth
non-consecutive week on the Hot Latin Songs chart with "La
Tortura" featuring Alejandro Sanz.