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Lil' Romeo Bests Michael Jackson For #1 Chart Honor

Rapper, 11, to become youngest solo artist atop Billboard Hot 100 next week with 'My Baby.'

Move over, Jacko — make room for Romeo.

Eleven-year-old rapper Lil' Romeo, son of Master P, will best Michael Jackson as the youngest solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart when his hit "My Baby" climbs to #1 next week, according to Priority Records.

The unseating won't leave Jackson far from the throne, however, as Romeo's track borrows significantly from the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." As a solo artist, Jackson first hit #1 in the fall of 1972 with "Ben." The track was released when he was 13 and topped the charts after he'd turned 14.

"My Baby" will hit #11 next week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, which is based on a combination of radio airplay and sales. The song is the first single from the rapper's debut album, due July 3 (see [article id="1443458"]"Master P Hypes His Soulja Boy"[/article]). Previously dubbed Soulja Boy, the LP is now simply titled Lil' Romeo.

"This is just the beginning for history-making with this project," Master P said in a statement announcing Romeo's chart feat. "When Romeo's album is released, I believe we will also be[come] the first father and son MCs to have achieved platinum status with our solo projects."

Lil' Romeo will be supporting the album with a summer tour, according to Priority. No dates have been announced. The young rhyme-slinger is also slated to star in a concert special as part of Nickelodeon's Teen Nick Concert Series.

(MTVi's parent company, Viacom, also owns Nickelodeon.)

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