Rapper T.I. back atop singles chart

Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:47pm EDT
 
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Thursday for a fourth non-consecutive week. Rising from No. 2 to the top spot, the rapper's track traded places with pop singer Pink's "So What."

"Like" is the fastest-growing track on radio and sold more than 202,000 digital downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" debuted at a career-best No. 3 on the Hot 100 after first-week digital sales of 218,000, also a career high. Rihanna's "Disturbia" slid from No. 3 to No. 4, while Taylor Swift's "Love Story" exploded from the 16th rung to No. 5 in just its second week on the chart, fueled by digital sales of 159,000.

M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" slipped from No. 4 to No. 6, while Ne-Yo's "Closer" and T-Pain's "Can't Believe It" featuring Lil Wayne hold at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively. Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" jumped from No. 12 to No. 9, followed by Estelle's "American Boy" featuring Kanye West, which dropped one slot to No. 10.

Entering the chart at No. 38 was yet another cover version of Kid Rock's "All Summer Long," this time by the Rock Heroes. The track sold 63,000 digital downloads; the Kid Rock original remains unavailable digitally. The Hit Masters version of "All Summer Long" has sold 270,000 downloads to date.

The Zac Brown Band, the first developing artist inked to Live Nation's label wing, landed at No. 60 with "Chicken Fried," while DJ Khaled's "Go Hard" featuring Kanye West and T-Pain debuted at No. 69.

Reuters/Billboard

 
<p>Hip Hop star T.I. talks during the nominations news conference for the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, in this July 31, 2006 file photograph. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>