“Work” becomes Rihanna’s 27th Top 10 hit in the US; “ANTI” debuts



Rihanna makes a splash on Billboard’s charts this week, as her new album Anti arrives on the Billboard 200 while its lead single “Work” debuts in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

‘ANTI’S ARRIVAL: Despite being available for only a fraction of the chart tracking week, Anti starts at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated Feb. 13, bowing after only a little more than a day’s worth of activity in the marketplace, as the latest chart’s tracking week ended on Jan. 28.

Anti was released through Tidal’s streaming service on the evening of Jan. 27. (It was not released commercially until Jan. 28 through Tidal, and then through all digital retailers on Jan. 29. A physical CD release for the album is scheduled for Feb. 5.)

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The Billboard 200 ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The chart’s tracking week runs Friday through Thursday each week.

Anti’s bow on the chart is largely driven by track sales and streaming activity of its lead single “Work” (it was released at 8 a.m. ET on Jan. 27) along with streams of the album’s tracks. In the week ending Jan. 28 in the U.S., “Work” sold 126,000 downloads and Anti album generated 4.7 million streams for its songs, according to Nielsen Music. A small number of sales for the Anti album were registered in the week ending Jan. 28, but not enough for the set to chart on any of Billboard’s pure album sales charts.

Anti’s streaming debut on Tidal was concurrent with its availability — in a limited quantity — as a free download, supported by Samsung. Anti generated 1.47 million downloads globally in less than 15 hours. Those gratis downloads do not count toward the charts or Nielsen Music’s sales figures.

Industry forecasters expect Anti to make a big leap up the Billboard 200 chart next week — possibly to No. 1 — after the album has a full week of activity behind it. Prognosticators suggest Anti could shift around 125,000 in equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 4, which could power the album to No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 20. If Anti hits the top, it will mark Rihanna’s second No. 1, following her previous studio album, 2012’s Unapologetic.

TOP 10 ON THE HOT 100: Rihanna roars in at No. 9 on the Hot 100 with Anti lead single “Work” (featuring Drake) — her 27th top 10 hit, and Drake’s 15th. She now ties Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Elton John for the fifth-most top 10s in the Hot 100’s history. (Madonna leads with 38.) “Work” is Rihanna’s milestone 50th Hot 100 hit.

“Work” debuts at No. 1 on Digital Songs (126,000 sold in its first week; the song sold that sum in just more than a day of the tracking week ending Jan. 28, as, again, it was commercially released at 9 a.m. ET on Jan. 27), marking Rihanna’s record-extending 14th No. 1 on the sales chart. “Work” also launches at No. 27 on Radio Songs (44 million in just more than four days of availability), marking her highest career debut on the airplay ranking, and drew 2.2 million streams (in just more than a day, as the Digital Songs and Streaming Songs tracking week runs Friday-Sunday; Radio Songs covers Monday-Sunday each week).

NO. 1 ON HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS: Work” crashes in at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, landing Rihanna her fifth chart-topper on the list and Drake his 14th.

Rihanna previously hit No. 1 with “FourFiveSeconds” (in 2015, with Kanye West and Paul McCartney), “The Monster” (2013; Eminem featuring Rihanna), “Diamonds” (2012) and “Take a Bow” (2008). “Work” is her second single to debut at No. 1, and her first as a lead act, following “The Monster.”

The No. 1 debut of “Work” is driven by its handsome sales and airplay start. It enters at No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs and No. 15 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (her highest debut ever).

“Work” also logs Rihanna her 16th top 10 effort on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. She first visited the region with “Umbrella,” which peaked at No. 4 on July 14, 2007.

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39 Responses

  1. Maria Perez says:

    That’s right baby gal Rihanna is #1 baby gal Rocked ANTI R8 can’t wait to see her one the Super Bowl and then ANTI R8 TOUR the best is Rihanna yesssssss #RihannaNavy4life #IAmRihannaNavyTellIDie

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  2. rosy says:

    Don’t worry rih even though I bought it off iTunes I will get it from the store too these haters are something else do not worry baby girl your navy will make sure you get your 14 number one

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    • Maria Perez says:

      Baby gal Rihanna and Drake rocked that song but all the other songs on ANTI R8 album ate hot I’m in love with them I’m ready to sing them with Rihanna at the ANTI R8 TOUR can’t wait so if ya work with Rihanna your working with the best #1 Rihanna for us Navy’s

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  3. rosy says:

    Rih is number one in streaming she sells billboard can kiss my ass and all these haters like kendrick lamar who thinks they entitle to everything and better can kiss rih ass too when Mariah came out they were all over her never gave her any respect but look at her a legend Madonna they use to say cannot sing look at her today baby gal we have your back fuck leo nasty Dicaprio I think he do not like black women how the hellast it’s okay for him to kiss white girls in public buy sue a magazine if he is seen with rihanna I hope his ass losses the oscar stay away from is racist ass rih Bammer wore white trash

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  4. rosy says:

    Rih billboard does not matter I’m sure it’s more people bought that album billboard trying to embarrassed her ain’t no 460 people bought that and you debut at 27 do they think we the people stupid really billboard go fuck yourself and twirl on that racist shit

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  5. rosy says:

    Rih fill up stadium’s known around the world you going to come for her and say this shit okay they tried

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    • Truth says:

      They didn’t try, They did! !
      Fill stadiums but her fans don’t buy albums.
      No you tried! !!!

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  6. Natasha 3 says:

    Navy, what the he’ll happened????

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    • Truth says:

      I’ll tell you what happen. The Navy too cheap. 460 copies lmao, even Ciara push mire than that. Rihanna wack and her fans wack. Anti flop Work flop Rihanna flop and her cheap ass so call fans flop.
      Ah this is just too funny.

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      • sun says:

        First of all, did you read billboard article please do so, before you said she flop. If the albumn was release on the 27th and went on sale the 28th billboard cut off day how can they get info about albums sold for one day. This figure does not represents a weeks sale, it represents few hours. Her single was number one on iTunes in over 80 countries and her albumn in over 50. I will wait until next week when she has a full week on the charts before i jump to false conclusions

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        • Maria Perez says:

          Lol this is sick baby gal Rihanna on top baby check your list again because I know Rihanna is ahead of the ball game and that we to cheap made this is around the world thing check your list Navy’s are one onea on top of our game we go hard for our Queen Rihanna so check your safe lol Navy’s were ya at !!!! Are ya in ? Like woo!!!

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        • Truth says:

          You don’t have to wait, here are the numbers 90k – 120k with streaming 139k. Still pathetic. Chris push better numbers.
          1 million sold ya’ll keep dreaming. Yes jeep wishing on that star. 1 million sold, 400k copies sold, oh please. Rihanna will never!!!
          Nice try though.

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          • sun says:

            And where did you get those numbers, from forecasters, it is not a week yet. What does chris have to do with this????? Work is not a flop kiddo please learn to read, that 126000 units only represents 1 day not 1 week do you know the difference between a day and a week. If you are not a fan why are you in her fan site, please leave

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          • sun says:

            Just check chris numbers 1 million sold where, how did you get that figure. Check again your eyes are deceiving you. Seeing things that are not there hahahaha, 1 mil when?????

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          • rosy says:

            Why your tired ass on rih post gtfoh you non reading ass can’t count billboard don’t count stream

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            • Maria Perez says:

              Rosy well we see when it come up your see it’s probable and not only did the best Album drop put a lot of jaws dropping to Rihanna is loved around the world baby so don’t hate ANTI R8 IS Popping kicking ass all over the world

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          • rosy says:

            Who cares about Chris Brown local ass he can’t even travel to another country and besides Chris Brown need to worry about his baby mama drama and leave rih alone get off rih post Chris we know it’s your ass on here trying to hate on rih go over to tired ass grapejuice who lives and pay their bills hating rih

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      • sun says:

        @truth how is work a flop when it is still 3 on iTunes and sold 126000 units in one day in the usa alone. Do you know billboard only represents usa sales alone, no other country. How can they measure anti sales if it was release on the 29th chart at #1 on iTunes and billboard cut of on the 28th

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    • Maria Perez says:

      Yes what the hell !!! Is happening our Queen Rihanna badass Riri is going to stay at the top baby gal Rihanna is rocking this look all the Navy’s love is right there like (( Woo )) man this people’s have to got get a (( James Joint )) and chill don’t let us Navy’s do (( Desesperado )) on ya if you (( needed me to lol (( Yeah I said it )) that’s right Navy’s love is (( Never ending )) because we have((( love in the Brain ))) Rihanna baby gal stay right were you at baby your going (( Higher ))) then you ever been we Navy’s love you so much we will always be ((( Close to you )) that right I get wrote this notice with all Rihanna ANTI R8 ALBUM lol stop hating and make way for our Queen Rihanna #1 hope you see this message Rihanna love you baby gal

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  7. sun says:

    People are overreacting about billboard figures. Work was not a flop if it sold 126000 units in one day in the usa alone. Billboard only count usa sales, no other countries first of all. And if anti was release for sale on the 29th because the free promotion lasted 24hrs and billboard cut off the 28th. How did they get this count of 460 sales. Anti to me is not eligible for this week charts. Rih will keep going no matter what, Samsung already brought those 1 mil copies from her whether billboard acknowledge them or not.

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    • rosy says:

      I agree these haters quick to say some bull and Spread lies you really thing rih sold that amount around the world or even in this country billboard don’t count stream I bought the album from iTunes so wtf with 460 sold I’m sure she did more you haters will eatake crow

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    • rosy says:

      I know billboard full of shit you want to tell me that they ass count only 460 that’s a blatant lie I don’t believe that shit this woman has more fans here than that so come again tired ass billboard if the album is not in stores where that number came from I swear I really do not want to say it’s a color thing but I feel they trying to embarrassed her

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  8. Maria Perez says:

    Because TIDAL slip and put it out I that’s when I got it what are they taking about

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    • Loveriri says:

      I don’t really understand how they stated that small amount of album sells. I thought tidal stated she sold 400,000 copies with them the night it was available for free download. Because the stated it was downloaded 1.4 million on tidal. 1 million was bought from from Samsung, which billboard don’t count. Now where is the 400k tidal stated she sold. That should have reflected on this week sale. I hope tidal didn’t lie about it, because that would be sad. Am still shock she did so little, but we see after full week.

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  9. Keisha says:

    So let me just say this……the numbers only represent a day and the fact that the physical copy does not even come out until the 5th. Everyone is not gonna like Rihanna. At the end of the day the Navy is ALWAYS gonna rock with her. People wanna discredit what she does her career speaks for itself. That is all. #NAVY

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  10. sunshine says:

    I am a little curious that an album chart 27th on a 200 chart and only sold 460 records. How much units did the other 173 albums sold. Also it was the ny times not billboard who quote that figure. Anti only had a couple of hrs on the chart anyway. Rih needs to go on tour and sell the album. She can still do that, plus she is not a big album seller and factor in her fans snatch up the 1 mil free copies from samsung. I will not stress this too much ,but i will focus on the tour and the tour merchandise.the album is already out and she cannot change anything now, just keep going forward

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    • Loveriri says:

      Lol yes, you are so right, 460 album sold for #27 spot on billboard doesn’t sound right at all. I guess the other’s sold 10_20 copies to be below her. People don’t like rihanna even in the industry she is in they dislike her. I don’t trust billboard at all with their stories. I hope she does way more than the prediction of 125,000 and do 500k. I really hope.

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  11. Maria Perez says:

    And for the first time the billboards is nationwide so now you tell me if it’s possible

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  12. sunshine says:

    I believe the ny times put this info out there to humiliate rih. Without explaining anti went on sale a few hours before the charts close and the blogs ran with the negative story.why does it seem like people are mad about her samsung deal, the industry is changing and she is in business to get a profit like all of us.

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  13. Loveriri says:

    The crazy part is that Jay z did the same deal in 2013 with no backlash but with rihanna everyone want to be negative. I also think that she sold 400k when the album was given away for free on tidal. But billboard decided not to count it toward her sell. Maybe they will be added with her full week sell. Rihanna is hated on a lot is so sad. It might be because she not American. Even the prediction of her over all week sell of 125,000 is hard to believe, because I think she will sell more. Her album is still number one on iTunes store.

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  14. Rihanna is Queen says:

    LoveRiRi you are absolutely correct.I believe she was sabotaged.Rihanna selling 406 copies just doesn’t make any sense. Anti is holding strong on itunes, her single is doing well.I think her album sales we’re counted for 1 day.Tidal isn’t doing a good job of helping either.They leaked her album by mistake.That’s very unprofessional and careless. I don’t want to knock the hustle but I believe this is the last ride for Tidal. Artists and record companies will have doubts, fans will not subscribe.Who wants to see their artist flop? Rihanna risk her Anti for Tidal.What bothers me the most is the time she put into it.We all know how hard she’s worked on Anti.For this to happen is a low blow.

    People will hate her no matter what she does.Rihanna should be selling more albums.Her albums are underrated and not appreciated(RatedR,TTT,MOTS etc) People don’t want to see that black woman from Barbados shine.But the Navy will not stand for it.

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  15. Maria Perez says:

    That’s right fuck all this talk all we now our Queen Rihanna is on top

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  16. Rihanna is Queen says:

    Billboard is a joke! Go fuck yourself and stop mentioning our queen.

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    • Maria Perez says:

      I hope this is seen some were lol people are just crazy in this world if someone is doing well then let them be shit we Navy’s not going to let people put all Rihanna has done down no not! !!

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      • Rihanna is Queen says:

        Maria the haters are just Jealous.They listened to Anti and couldn’t believe that this amazing album was coming from Rihanna.They are in disbelief.They say she can’t sing.Well Anti has proved them wrong because I heard Adele,Amy Winehouse and Jasmine Sullivan.Had to check to see if they were actually featured.Desperado is so Adele,I know she loves it.They are just miserable with no life so they have to tear a beautiful black woman down.Go check the itunes charts.She is slaying on itunes.We can see through the lies and bull.

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        • Maria Perez says:

          Yes right on point well Navy’s setback and see how this show has not finish make way for Our Queen Rihanna bring it baby gal we Navy’s say we ready and ohoooo shit we are ANTI R8 WE IN ALL THE WAY BABY we Navy’s are so proud of you Robyn Rihanna Fenty :-)

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