NEW YORK (Billboard) - Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” led the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts for an eighth consecutive week Thursday, but barely edged the new single from Fall Out Boy.
The pop punk band’s “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race” debuted at No. 2 thanks to 162,000 digital downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the highest bow for a band since radio-only titles joined the chart in December 1998.
The last group to start as well or better was Aerosmith, who debuted at No. 1 under prior Hot 100 rules with “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” in September 1998. In addition, the download totals for “This Ain’t a Scene” are the largest opening-week tally for a group since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital sales in 2003.
The song is drawn from Fall Out Boy’s new album, “Infinity on High,” which arrives February 6 via Island Def Jam.
“Irreplaceable,” meanwhile, becomes the longest-running chart-topper that advanced to pole position in 2006. It is also the third Beyonce single to remain No. 1 for eight weeks or longer, after “Crazy in Love” (eight weeks) and “Baby Boy” (nine weeks). As a member of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce also had a No. 1 song that remained at the summit for 11 weeks: “Independent Women Part I.”
Elsewhere, Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right” climbed one to a new high of No. 3, while R&B singer Akon’s “I Wanna Love You” featuring Snoop Dogg dropped two to No. 4. Jim Jones’ “We Fly High” was up one to No. 5, followed by albums chart-topperDaughtry’s “It’s Not Over,” which rocketed 15 to No. 6.
Fergie’s “Fergalicious” fell four to No. 7, and Akon’s “Smack That” featuring Eminem was down three to No. 8. The Fray’s “How To Save a Life” (down two to No. 9) and My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade” (down one to No. 10) rounded out the Hot 100’s upper echelon.
At No. 14, Corbin Bleu debuted with “Push It to the Limit” from the soundtrack to the Disney Channel’s “Jump In!” TV movie. The next highest debut on the Hot 100 was Nickelback’s “If Everyone Cared” at No. 50.
On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Ciara’s “Promise” replaced “Irreplaceable” at the top. Hector “El Father” led Hot Latin Songs with “Sola,” Rodney Atkins’ “Watching You” ruled Hot Country Songs, while Rihanna’s “We Ride” topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers began a second week at No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart with “Snow (Hey Oh),” while Three Days Grace led Mainstream Rock for a seventh with “Pain.”