Ke$ha debuts at No. 1 on U.S. singles chart
By Silvio Pietroluongo
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Pop singer Ke$ha topped Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the second time in her career on Thursday when "We R Who We R" debuted at No. 1, the first track to achieve this feat since Eminem's "Not Afraid" in May.
The track is the preview single from Ke$ha's forthcoming "Cannibal" album, set to be released on its own on November 22 in addition to being packaged with her debut album "Animal" in a deluxe edition titled "Animal Cannibal."
Earlier this year she became the 11th solo woman to collect at least four Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from a debut album. Her first single "TiKToK" began a nine-week run at No. 1 in December, while "Blah Blah Blah" peaked at No. 7, "Take It Off" at No. 8 and "Your Love Is My Drug" at No. 4.
After two weeks at No. 1, Far*East Movement's "Like a G6" slipped to No. 2; it's possible that the song could reclaim its crown next week.
The next seven songs were also down one spot: Bruno Mars' former chart-topper "Just the Way You Are" at No. 3; Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" at No. 4; Nelly's "Just A Dream' at No. 5; Usher featuring Pitbull's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" at No. 6; "Bottoms Up" by Try Songs at No. 7; Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" at No. 8; and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" at No. 9.
Pink's "Raise Your Glass" held at No. 10, one notch above Will Smith's 10-year old daughter Willow, who soared 67 places to No. 11 as "Whip My Hair" went on sale at digital retailers.
Taylor Swift, who has her own No. 1 glory on the Billboard 200 chart with "Speak Now," debuted 10 tracks from that album onto the Hot 100, led by "Sparks Fly" at No. 17. With holdover "Mine" dropping eight places to No. 21, the singer has a total of 11 titles on the list, the most ever by a female artist.
With prior pre-album digital releases "Speak Now," "Back to December" and "Mean" having previously charted, every track from the 14-song standard edition of "Speak Now" has appeared on the Hot 100. First single "Mine" was the best performer, peaking at No. 3.
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