The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart began in the 1950's and is one of the most respected music charts in America, and in the world as a whole. For the first time ever this week, the top 10 artists are black artists. The number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 up to last week was Baby Boy by Beyonce featuring Sean Paul. That song was the ninth to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since the start of the year. It was also the eighth song featuring an African American act to top the chart this year. This trend shows an ever growing popularity in Rhythm and Blues (R 'n' B), Hip Hop and rap music. The top ten acts for this week are:
1. Baby Boy- Beyonce/Sean Paul (currently #1 on the R&B chart)
2. Shake Ya Tail feather- Nelly, P Diddy and Murphy Lee
3. Get Low- Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz featuring the Ying Yang Twins (currently #1 on the Rap chart)
4. Right Thurr- Chingy (recent #1 on the Rap chart)
5. Frontin- Pharell featuring Jay-Z (a recent #1 on the R&B chart)
6. Damn- Young Bloodz featuring Lil Jon
7. PIMP- 50 Cent ( a recent #1 on the Rap chart)
8. Into You- Fabolous featuring Ashanti or Tamia
9. Stand Up- Ludacris featuring Shawna
10.Where is the Love- Black Eyed Peas (currently #1 in several countries around the world including the UK)
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In related news, the first lady of the state of Maryland has publicly apologised to Britney Spears, after saying she 'would like to shoot her'. This was said at a forum on prevention of domestic violence, and in regards to Britney's sexy new image, including posing near-nude on the cover of Rolling Stones magazine, and lesbian kiss with Madonna at the MTV Video music awards. The star claims she does not want to be regarded as a sex symbol. The world's most famous 'virgin' recently admitted to having sex with her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, but said that sex 'did not make her a bad person'.