1. California Gurls - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
Katy Perry spent all of July 2008 at #1, and I wouldn't be surprised if she does that again this year, as "California Gurls" leads the Hot 100 for a fifth week. The song is basically the #1 hit in the English-speaking world at the moment, having topped charts in Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.
2. Love the Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna
Eminem does an amazing job of holding on to #2 this week. The single debuted their last week, buoyed by first week availability as Eminem's Recovery was released, but the single doesn't suffer a second week slide--it is in fact bulleted and won the Airplay Gainer this week. I think Eminem has a big hit on his hands. Must feel nice to have that again. In particular, I think it's safe to say this will be a top 10 hit at top 40 radio, which Eminem hasn't had in 5 years (since "Mockingbird" hit #7 in 2005). This is Rihanna's third time at #2, the second as a guest after last year's "Run This Town" with Jay-Z.
7. Dynamite - Taio Cruz
Taio Cruz scores his second top 10 hit with "Dynamite," which rises 7 spots to #7 winning this week's Digital Gainer. It follows recent #1 hit, "Break Your Heart." Although Taio Cruz has been a star longer in his native Britain, he's actually had only one more top 10 hit there than in the US.
9. Ridin' Solo - Jason DeRulo
Jason DeRulo climbs a notch to #9 with "Ridin' Solo," his third consecutive top 10 hit.
10. Not Afraid - Eminem
"Not Afraid," Eminem's first single from Recovery, returns to the top 10 this week. Despite the rapid rise of "Love the Way You Lie," this older single, a former #1, continues to endure.
15. Sombody to Love - Justin Bieber
Buoyed by the release of the Usher remix, Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love" climbs 10 spots to #15. I imagine this will be in the top 10 soon, although it is cooling surprisingly fast at top 40 radio.
18. I Like It - Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
Enrique Iglesias climbs 4 spots to #18, scoring his first top 20 hit in 8 years. His last was "Escape," which hit #12 in 2002.
22. Power - Kanye West
Priming the masses for his fifth album, Good Ass Job, Kanye West drops its first single, "Power," his 11th top 40 hit as a lead performer (he's also had 9 as a gust performer).
24. Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready) - Alicia Keys
It seems that everywhere Alicia Keys has been successful lately except the Hot 100. In Britain, she's enjoyed a streak of five consecutive top 10 hits and on the R&B chart, this single has been #1 for 9 week, her second-longest stay at the top of that chart behind the 10 weeks for "No One." Yet on the Hot 100, singles from The Element of Freedom have been a nonstarter. This week "Un-Thinkable" climbs 3 spots to #24, making the highest charting of the album's five singles so far.