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Ke$ha stops 'World' from spinning atop chart

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” held off the charity remake of “We Are the World” to lead Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for a ninth consecutive week on Thursday.

“We Are the World 25: For Haiti” by Artists for Haiti, a self-explanatory all-star singalong featuring almost 100 performers, debuted at No. 2.

“TiK ToK” has now fended off a pair of No. 2 debuts: just three weeks ago, Taylor Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale” opened in the runner-up slot. Meanwhile, Ke$ha’s second single “Blah Blah Blah,” featuring 3OH!3, jumped 11 places to No. 11.

The Black Eyed Peas “Imma Be” slipped one to No. 3, while Young Money’s “BedRock” featuring Lloyd held at No. 4 and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” at No. 5.

Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” fell three to No. 6, Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” was unchanged at No. 7 as was Ludacris’ “How Low” at No. 8.

Jason DeRulo’s “In My Head” jumped two to No. 9, and David Guetta’s “Sexy Chick” featuring Akon dropped four to No. 10.

Memorable “American Idol” contestant General Larry Platt, debuted at No. 46 with the viral sensation “Pants on the Ground.” A few knockoff versions and unauthorized remixes of “Pants” hit digital sites following Platt’s appearance on the talent show last month.

Other notable debuts included Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” at No. 64, Monica’s “Everything To Me” at No. 82, and Kellie Pickler’s “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” at No. 99.

Rascal Flatts’ “Unstoppable” re-entered the chart at No. 92. The country group reworked the lyrics to the title track of its latest album for a custom Olympics version which has been featured throughout coverage of the Games. Proceeds from download sales help support the U.S. Olympic Team.