R&B star Usher leads singles chart

Fri May 7, 2010 12:00am EDT
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By Silvio Pietroluongo

NEW YORK (Billboard) - R&B singer Usher scored his ninth No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Thursday, as "OMG" jumped five places to the top.

Usher's reign stretches back to "Nice & Slow," which ruled for three weeks in February 1998. The new tune, featuring will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, sent B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" to No. 2 after two weeks at No. 1.

But the Atlanta rapper's "Airplanes," featuring Eminem and Hayley Williams, rose two to No. 7, swapping places with Jason DeRulo's "In My Head." B.o.B also debuted at No. 83 with "Magic," featuring Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.

Rihanna's "Rude Boy" slipped a spot (to No. 3), as did Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart" (No. 4), Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (No. 5), and Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" (No. 6).

Ke$ha's "Your Love Is My Drug" held at No. 8, and Jay-Z jumped two places to No. 10 with "Young Forever," his 17th title to reach the upper tier.

The Glee Cast placed five new entries on the Hot 100, led by "One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not A Home," at No. 53. Other notable debuts included the Black Eyed Peas' "Rock That Body" (No. 62) and Shakira's "Gypsy" (No. 65).

<p>Singer Usher poses for a portrait with a bottle of his new fragrance "VIP" in New York, December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>