Usher hits No. 1 on U.S. singles chart for 9th time

Thu May 6, 2010 12:52am EDT
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By Silvio Pietroluongo

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Usher has upped his count of No. 1 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 to nine, with "OMG" moving to the top of the chart to be released Thursday morning (May 6).

The track, which features vocals by, lifts from No. 6 to No. 1 in its fifth week on the chart.

Since Usher first led the Hot 100 during Valentine's Day week 1998 with "Nice & Slow," no other artist has outpaced his production of No. 1s. Mariah Carey and Rihanna have the second-most chart-toppers in that span with six each.

Usher last held the No. 1 spot for three weeks in March 2008 with "Love in This Club," featuring Young Jeezy.

On the Billboard 200, Usher's sixth studio set, "Raymond v. Raymond," slipped one rung to No. 6 with sales of 48,0000. The album became his third consecutive No. 1 debut when it entered the list four weeks ago.

<p>Singer Usher performs during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America in New York March 30, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>