Rihanna returns to No. 1 on singles chart
By Silvio Pietroluongo
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Two weeks after topping the Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "What's My Name?", Rihanna reclaimed her crown Thursday with "Only Girl (In the World)," the debut single from her new album, "Loud."
It's the first time in the 52-year history of the Hot 100 that an album's debut single has reached No. 1 after the second single. "What's My Name?" slipped one place to No. 8, while "Loud" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.
"Only Girl" is Rihanna's fourth single to ascend to No. 1 in 2010, making her the first woman, and first artist overall since Usher in 2004, to hit the top that many times in a calendar year. Her career tally of chart-toppers stands at nine.
Pink rose two places to No. 2 with "Raise Your Glass," while Far*East Movement's "Like a G6" fell to No. 3 after three non-consecutive weeks at the top. Ke$ha rebounded two places to No. 4 with "We R Who We R," which debuted at No. 1 three weeks ago. Nelly's "Just a Dream" held at No. 5.
Katy Perry's "Firework" jumped three to No. 6, Bruno Mars slid four to No. 7 with "Just The Way You Are." Just behind Rihanna's "What's My Name?", Cee-Lo Green's "F--- You (Forget You)" jumped 13 places to No. 9 on the wings of the "Glee" Cast's family-friendly cover at No. 11. Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up" was No. 10 for a second week.
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