“Work” becomes Rihanna’s 14th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1
“Work” surges 4-1 on the Hot 100 (and becomes the 1,052nd No. 1 in the chart’s 57-year history).
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With the ascent of “Work,” Rihanna collects her 14th Hot 100 leader, upping her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, breaking a tie with Michael Jackson. Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most Hot 100 No. 1s:
20, The Beatles
18, Mariah Carey
13, Michael Jackson
12, The Supremes
11, Whitney Houston
10, Janet Jackson
10, Stevie Wonder
Meanwhile, Drake tallies his second Hot 100 No. 1, both in featured roles on Rihanna smashes: the tandem’s “What’s My Name?” topped the Nov. 20, 2010-dated Hot 100. As a lead artist, Drake has risen as high as No. 2 with “Best I Ever Had” in 2009 and “Hotline Bling” last year.
List of Rihanna’s #1s on the Billboard Hot 100:
- Take A Bow
- Live Your Life
- Rude Boy
- Love The Way You Lie
- Only Girl
- What’s My Name
- We Found Love
- The Monster
“Work” crowns Streaming Songs, roaring 4-1 with a 73 percent increase to 25.8 million streams, according to Nielsen Music, after its recent wide release on streaming services, including official and user-generated content on YouTube; with the song’s official video released today, any gains from the clip’s arrival will be reflected on next week’s Hot 100, to be released next Monday (Feb. 29). Rihanna earns her second Streaming Songs No. 1 (following her featured turn on Eminem’s “The Monster,” which led the Jan. 4, 2014 list), while Drake celebrates his first Streaming Songs leader.
“Work” concurrently holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (119,000, up 5 percent), after debuting at No. 1 on the ranking three weeks ago, and lifts 13-10 on Radio Songs (76 million, up 21 percent). Rihanna posts her 24th top 10 on Radio Songs, passing Mariah Carey’s 23 for the most top 10s dating to the chart’s December 1990 inception. Drake tallies his 14th Radio Songs top 10. (The track wins dual top Streaming and Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a second straight week.)
“Work” additionally tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (15.1 million streams, up 16 percent) for a second week and paces Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a third (nonconsecutive) week.
Also, with Rihanna and Drake assuming the Hot 100’s throne, the Barbados-born Rihanna (who celebrated her 28th birthday Saturday!) and Canadian Drake extend the record of non-U.S.-born acts leading the chart to 33 weeks. “Work” is additionally the ninth No. 1 Hot 100 in a row by non-Americans, breaking the record for the longest such streak; eight first reigned in succession in 1985).
Rihanna’s new Hot 100 ruler narrowly places atop Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” down 1-2 after two nonconsecutive weeks atop the Hot 100. Still, “Love” spends a second week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, with a 5 percent increase to 151 million in weekly audience. It rises 4-3 on Digital Songs (118,000 downloads sold, up 17 percent) and dips 2-4 on Streaming Songs (16.4 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent).