Black Eyed Peas' "Imma Be" Knocks Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" Out of Hot 100 Number One

February 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Ke$ha's near-historic run at Number One on the Hot 100 has come to an end thanks to the Black Eyed Peas. The group's "Imma Be" beat out "TiK ToK," sending Ke$ha's debut single to Number Two after nine consecutive weeks atop the chart. The Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. is now the first album since Wilson Phillips' 1990 self-titled album to spawn three Hot 100-topping singles, Reuters reports, with "Imma Be" joining "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" as Number One singles. The Black Eyed Peas set a Hot 100 record by spending 26 consecutive weeks at Number One thanks to those first two singles, too.

Check out photos of the Peas' tour-opening show in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Ke$ha fell just two weeks shy of tying chart history for longest tenure at Number One with a debut single; Debby Bonne's 11 weeks at Number One with her 1977 debut single "You Light Up My Life" remains the record holder. (Looks like the Peas' epically long video helped their cause.) Meanwhile, "We Are the World 25 For Haiti" took a small but giant step back, slipping from Number Two to Number Six this week — a minor fall, but one that likely means the new version of the classic song won't follow its predecessor's path to the Number One spot on the Hot 100.

The chart's biggest surprise came courtesy of k.d. lang, who scored her first Hot 100 since 1992's "Constant Craving" with her 2010 rendition of Leonard Cohen's, what else, "Hallelujah," which she performed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics' opening ceremony. The song debuted at Number 61.

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