British rookie Taio Cruz rules U.S. singles chart
NEW YORK (Billboard) - British newcomer Taio Cruz has broken a seven-year-old record by soaring to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart in the United States.
Cruz's "Break Your Heart," featuring rapper Ludacris, soared 52 places to the top, a new record for the largest jump to the top by an act with its first charting single.
The old record was held by inaugural "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson's victory song, "A Moment Like This," which flew 51 places to the top in September 2002.
"Break Your Heart" replaces the Black Eyed Peas' "Imma Be" which slid to No. 5 after a two-week stay at the top. It also gives Ludacris his second entry in the top 10, as "How Low" fell three places to No. 10.
If not for Cruz's incredible rise, Lady Antebellum would have been celebrating its first Hot 100 No. 1. But, the country trio's "Need You Now" had to settle for the runner-up slot after swapping places with Young Money's "BedRock" at No. 3.
Next week's Hot 100 is shaping up as a tough battle. An expected slip in sales for Cruz could open the door for either Lady Antebellum to slip into No. 1 or allow Rihanna's "Rude Boy" (up four to No. 4) to continue its quick ascension.
Ke$ha's former No. 1 "TiK ToK" fell two to No. 6, while Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" slipped one to No. 7. Jason Derulo rose two to No. 8 with "In My Head," one of three tracks he places on the Hot 100. He also debuted at No. 33 with "Ridin' Solo" and fell seven places to No. 42 with former chart-topper "Whatcha Say." Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" fell four to No. 9.
Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber claimed the chart's Hot Shot Debut as "Never Let You Go," the second preview single for his forthcoming "My World 2.0" (due March 23) entered at No. 21. The track joins first single "Baby" (No. 14) on the list.
Other debuts included Usher's "Lil Freak," featuring Nicki Minaj, at No. 43, Avril Lavigne' "Alice" (No. 71), "Ain't Back Yet" by Kenny Chesney (No. 73) and Godsmack's "Cryin' Like A Bitch" (No. 74).
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