Rapper T.I., Katy Perry lead U.S. singles chart
By Jonathan Cohen
NEW YORK (Billboard) - T.I.'s "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna began a third non-consecutive week atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on Thursday, while the rapper's former chart-topper "Whatever You Like" held at No. 2.
Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" rose one place to a new high of No. 3 in its 15th week.
Kanye West's "Heartless" opened big at No. 4, the fourth-highest new entry of the year. It's also the rapper's third top 5 debut this year.
Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" remained at No. 5, Pink's "So What" slid three to No. 6, and Britney Spears' "Womanizer" was down one to No. 7. Kevin Rudolf's "Let It Rock" featuring Lil Wayne dropped one to No. 8, and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" traded places with Akon's "Right Now (Na Na Na) with a 10-9 jump.
Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" debuted at No. 12, giving the teen country star her fifth top 20 debut of 2008. That ties the all-time record for the number of top 20 debuts in a calendar year, set three months ago by the Jonas Brothers. Look for her second album, "Fearless," to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week.
Swift also had reason to celebrate on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where "Love Story" jumped one place to No. 1, giving the singer her third No. 1 there.
Paramore's "Decode" starts at No. 34 on the Hot 100, a career-best debut for the rock outfit. The track is the lead single from the "Twilight" soundtrack, which is the current Billboard 200 champ.
On Billboard's rock charts, Metallica's "The Day That Never Comes" led the Mainstream Rock tally for a seventh week, while the Offspring's "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" was No. 1 on Modern Rock for an eighth.
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