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    Blunt Leapfrogs Beyoncé To Claim No. 1

    After lingering at No. 2 for three straight weeks, James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" tops the Billboard Hot 100 this week. As reported yesterday (March 1), the U.K. singer/songwriter thus becomes the first British artist to reach No. 1 on the chart since Elton John achieved the feat with "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight."


    "You're Beautiful" ends the five-week run of Beyoncé's "Check on It" featuring Slim Thug, which falls to No. 2 on the Hot 100. The Blunt track also remains No. 1 on the Pop 100, Hot Digital Songs and Adult Top 40 charts.Sean Paul's "Temperature" is the Hot 100's greatest airplay gainer, rising 4-3, while Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp falls 3-4 but remains atop the Hot Ringtones chart for a fifth week. Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" holds at No. 5 on the Hot 100 and leads the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a 10th frame.


    On the Hot 100, T-Pain's "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)" featuring Mike Jones and Chris Brown's "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" stay put at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" (No. 8) and Ne-Yo's "So Sick" (No. 9) swap positions, while Cascada's "Everytime We Touch," the chart's greatest sales gainer, climbs 16-10 to round out the top tier.


    The Hot 100's top debut belongs to Prince's "Black Sweat" at No. 60. Also new are Madonna's "Sorry" (No. 70), 50 Cent and Olivia's "Best Friend" (No. 72), Nick Lachey's "What's Left of Me" (No. 89), LL Cool J's "Control Myself" featuring Jennifer Lopez (No. 93) and HIM's "Wings of a Butterfly" (No. 97).



    Josh Turner's "Your Man" claims the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley's "When I Get Where I'm Going" featuring Dolly Parton falls to No. 2 after just one week on top. Daddy Yankee's "Rompe" notches a 14th week atop the Hot Latin Songs chart, while Lifehouse's "You and Me" leads Adult Contemporary for a seventh week.


    Nine Inch Nails' "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" holds at No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart, while Nickelback's "Animals" remains atop the Mainstream Rock tally for a fifth week.

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