1. Imma Be - Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas rule the Hot 100 for a second week with "Imma Be." That's 28 weeks in total at #1 with singles from The E.N.D. That ties the 28 weeks that the four #1 hits from Usher's Confessions (with re-release) spent at #1. So one more week and I think they'll have the record. Mariah Carey's three #1 hits from Daydream spent 26 weeks combined at #1. I can't think of anything else that could come close here.
2. Bed Rock - Young Money feat. Lloyd
3. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
That is, if "Imma Be" gets a third week at #1. Two very different singles are vying to compete for the top spot.
8. Rude Boy - Rihanna
"Rude Boy" makes another big jump, up 15 spots to #8 as this week's airplay gainer and greatest gainer overall. That makes the single her third consecutive top 10 hit from Rated R, quickly reaching the same position her last single, "Hard," peaked at. Clearly this will be a bigger hit than that or its predecessor, "Russian Roulette," which peaked at #9. Counting her featured appearances, this is her 14th top 10 hit.
18. Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen
19. Breakeven - The Script
American Idol winner Kris Allen climbs another notch with "Live Like We're Dying," a song written by British pop band The Script, whose own hit "Breakeven" appears just one notch below it at #19, up three spots this week. I believe that's the highest a single from an Irish act has charted on the Hot 100 since Enya's "Only Time," which hit #10 in 2001. That is unless you count Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars," which hit #5 in 2006, but whether Snow Patrol is considered Irish or British is a bit political (their members hail from Northern Ireland and Scotland).
37. On to the Next One - Jay-Z feat. Swizz Beatz
Jay-Z lands a fourth top 40 hit from The Blueprint 3 as "On to the Next One" climbs spots into the top 40. Speaking of the next one, "Young Forever (feat. Mr. Hudson)," Jay-Z's next single, is up 19 spots to #78. It initially peaked at #41. It's also just climbed into the top 50 at top 40 radio.
40. Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home) - Usher
Another Raymond v. Raymond pre-release single finally cracks the top 40. "Papers," the first one released, peaked at #31, rather poor for Usher, followed by two more releases, "Lil Freak" and "There Goes My Baby," which missed the top 40. Remember in 2004, when he scored four consecutive #1 hits (referenced above, in fact)? Seems so far away now.