Eminem fends off Swift on US singles chart

New York: Rapper Eminem`s `Love the Way You Lie` led Billboard`s Hot 100 singles chart for a fourth week on Wednesday, holding off a strong No. 3 debut by Taylor Swift.

"Mine," the first single from the country-pop starlet`s upcoming album, was rush-released to digital retailers late last Wednesday after a low-quality version leaked online.

Even with just four full days of sales, it managed to sell 297,000 downloads, the fourth-best of the year and eighth-best ever. The song topped Billboard`s Digital Songs tally, sending Eminem down to No. 2 with 281,000.

Back on the Hot 100, "Mine" fell just shy of the debut and peak of Swift`s "Today Was a Fairytale," which landed in the runner-up spot in January.

That song sold 325,000 downloads in its first week, the year`s third-highest tally. Swift posted her highest sales week when "Love Story" shifted 360,000 downloads in the post-Christmas week of 2008. Swift`s third studio album, "Speak Now," is due out on October 25.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Taio Cruz`s "Dynamite" rose one to a new high of No. 2.

Katy Perry`s two entries each fell two spots: "California Gurls" to No. 4 and "Teenage Dream" to No. 9. With radio airplay increasing, the latter track should rebound and remain a top 10 contender for some time. A third Perry track, "Not Like The Movies," opened at No. 53. The tunes come from her upcoming album, also called "Teenage Dream," set for U.S. and Canadian release on August 24.

Enrique Iglesias held at No. 5 with "I Like It," and B.o.B. dropped two to No. 6 with "Airplanes." Mike Posner`s "Cooler than Me" slipped one to No. 7. Usher`s "DJ Got Us Fallin` In Love" (No. 8), and Jason Derulo`s "Ridin` Solo" (No. 10) each rose one place.

Bureau Report