Lil Wayne hits No. 1 on singles chart

Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:36pm EDT
 
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rapper Lil Wayne scored his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Thursday with "Lollipop," the first release from his highly anticipated album.

Lil Wayne has made 20 appearances on the Hot 100 since 1999, most of which have been via collaborations. As a lead artist, his previous best showing was with "Go D.J.," which peaked at No. 14 in November 2004.

His album, "Tha Carter III," has shifted release dates on numerous occasions and is now expected June 10.

"Lollipop" flip-flopped with Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love." Jordin Sparks' "No Air" featuring Chris Brown held at No. 3.Usher's "Love in This Club" featuring Young Jeezy and Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" were unchanged at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

Madonna's "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake rose one to No. 6, trading places with Ray J & Yung Berg's "Sexy Can I." Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" was up one to No. 8, switching spots with Chris Brown's "With You." Miley Cyrus' "See You Again" rose one to No. 10, her first entry in the top 10.

Mariah Carey's "Bye Bye" was the top debut at No. 23; another song from her current Billboard 200 chart-topper, "E=MC2," the T-Pain-featuring "Migrate," debuted at No. 92.

Reuters/Billboard

 
<p>Lil Wayne performs at the Second Annual BET Awards in Atlanta, Georgia, October 13, 2007. REUTERS/Tami Chappell</p>