February 29, 2008 / 3:45 AM / 10 years ago

Rapper Flo Rida still No. 1 on U.S. singles chart

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rapper Flo Rida’s debut single led the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a 10th week on Thursday, the longest reign in more than a year.

“Low” ties Beyonce’s 2006/07 chart-topper “Irreplaceable” and Kanye West and Jamie Foxx’s 2005 hit “Gold Digger” as the longest-running champ since Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” led the pack for 14 non-consecutive weeks earlier in 2005.

Flo Rida, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, had double cause to celebrate. A second single, “Elevator,” soared 72 places to No. 28. Both tunes come from his debut album, “Mail on Sunday,” which is set for a March 18 release.

R&B singers Chris Brown’s “With You” and Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” held on to the next two spots.

California singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song” rose one to a new peak of No. 4, swapping places with Alicia Keys’ “No One.” A day earlier, Bareilles’ major-label debut album “Little Voice” jumped 14 places to a new high of No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

The next three rankings on the Hot 100 were unchanged: Timbaland’s “Apologize” featuring OneRepublic at No. 6, Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction” at No. 7, and Sean Kingston’s “Take You There” at No. 8.

Webbie, Lil’ Phat & Boosie’s “Independent” moved up one to No. 9, trading places with Buckcherry’s “Sorry.”

George Strait’s “I Saw God Today” was the top Hot 100 debut at No. 54. Also new, at No. 80, was Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson’s “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow,” Abdul’s first chart appearance since 1995’s “Crazy Cool.” The song appears on “American Idol” judge Jackson’s March 11 release “Randy Jackson’s Music Club Vol. 1.”


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