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Ke$ha Edges Out "We Are the World" to Remain Hot 100 Queen

February 19, 2010 12:00 AM ET

A glittery 22-year-old party animal from Nashville has overpowered 75 of music and film's big names. All the star power on "We Are the World 25 For Haiti" wasn't enough to knock Ke$ha out of the Number One spot on the Hot 100 and "TiK ToK" reigned for its ninth consecutive week, Reuters writes. As Rolling Stone reported last week, Ke$ha is the first female artist since Debby Boone to remain atop the Hot 100 with her debut single for this many consecutive weeks. Boone locked down Number One for 11 straight in 1977 with "You Light Up My Life," so Ke$ha needs to hold off the competition for 14 more days to tie the record. When RS asked Ke$ha about her blitz on the Hot 100, she said, "It's all really weird, and really, really cool. I'm just so impressed that my fans are so amazing, I have the best fans in the world, sorry! It's just the truth."

While the "We Are the World" remake debuted at Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100, chart history demonstrates that Ke$ha shouldn't let down her guard just yet: Back in 1985, when the original "We Are the World" was released, it took over a month for the single to climb to the top spot. Once there, it didn't relinquish Number One for nearly four weeks. That "We are the World" entered at Number 21 in its Hot 100 debut, so the 25th anniversary rendition of the song is off to a much better chart start than its predecessor.

In addition to "We Are the World 25 For Haiti," Ke$ha might also face some stiff competition from former Hot 100 incumbents the Black Eyed Peas, whose "Imma Be" at Number Three could make a run for Number One now that its 10-minute-long video is out. Ke$ha may even challenge herself, because "Blah Blah Blah," another single off her debut Animal, jumped 11 spots to Number 11 on the Hot 100.

So who is this Hollywood sign-defacing, Hot 100-ruling party princess? Watch Ke$ha ask the hard questions to Ke$ha in our video interview:

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