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Rihanna & Drake’s “Work” Leads Hot 100 for Second Week



Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated March 12), vaulting in streaming following the Feb. 22 premiere of its official video.

“Work,” released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, holds atop the Hot 100 boosted by an 80 percent blast to 46.5 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Feb. 25, according to Nielsen Music, following the arrival of its official music video Feb. 22. Notably, the song sports 13.9 million Vevo on YouTube clicks for the week, up from 575,000 the prior frame. “Work” leads the Streaming Songs chart for a second week and tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (18.1 million streams, up 19 percent) for a third frame. It rules Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a fourth (nonconsecutive) week.

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Impressively, only two titles have scored a higher weekly streaming sum than the 46.5 million tallied by “Work,” dating to the Streaming Songs tally’s 2013 inception. Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” peaked with 103 million domestic streams (driven primarily by user-generation videos including the track’s audio), reflected on the March 2, 2013 ranking, and logged four total weeks of more than 46.5 million streams. Adele’s “Hello” peaked with 61.6 million streams (Nov. 14, 2015) and posted a second week of more than 46.5 million. (Note that while the official “Work” video includes two plays of the song, each click counts as one stream for chart tabulation purposes.)

“Work” rebounds 2-1 for a second week atop the Digital Songs chart (169,000 downloads sold, up 42 percent) and bounds 10-5 on Radio Songs (90 million in airplay audience, up 18 percent). The song claims all three of the Hot 100’s top Gainer awards, for streaming, digital sales and airplay, becoming the first title to triple up with the nods since Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) on the June 6, 2015, chart, when it rocketed 53-1 after the arrival of its official clip (premiered at the kick-off of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards).

As reported last week when the song dashed 4-1, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 leader, lifting her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, breaking a tie with Michael Jackson. The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” is additionally the record-breaking ninth Hot 100 No. 1 in a row by non-U.S.-born acts (Rihanna is from Barbados; Drake, from Canada), while this week marks the record-extending 34th straight week that non-American talent has crowned the Hot 100.

Rihanna is the first artist to have notched two Hot 100 No. 1s with two different artists: Eminem and her co-“Work”-er Drake. Rihanna previously topped the chart with “What’s My Name?,” also billed as by Rihanna featuring Drake, in 2010 and has assisted on two of Eminem’s leaders: “Love the Way You Lie” (2010) and “The Monster” (2013).


Rihanna is all over Billboard’s Year-End Charts




Billboard’s year-end charts are out! The highest-ranked year-end Billboard 200 album by a woman is Rihanna’s 2016 release, ANTI, at No. 23.

Thanks to “Love on the Brain”, “Pose”, “Desperado”, “Wild Thoughts” and “Sex With Me”, Rihanna tops Dance Club Songs Artists. She’s No. 2 among Top Female Artists and is also the year’s Top Female R&B/Hip-Hop artist.

FYI: Rihanna is the youngest and fastest solo artist to earn fourteen number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as a current total of 31 Top 10 Hits on the same chart.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance during the span of Dec. 3, 2016, to Nov. 25, 2017.

Check out all of Rihanna’s positions on Billboard’s Year-End charts thanks to our friends at Rihanna Online:


#1 – Dance Club Songs Artists

#2 – Top Artists – Female

#3 – R&B Digital Songs Artists

#5 – R&B Streaming Songs Artists

#6 – R&B Albums Artists

#6 – Hot R&B Songs Artists

#7 – R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Artists

#8 – R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs Artists

#9 – Radio Songs Artists

#9 – Social 50 Artists

#9 – Rhythmic Songs Artists

#13 – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists

#17 – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Artists

#18 – Hot 100 Artists

#19 – Top Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Artists


#4 – ANTI – R&B Albums

#16 – ANTI – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

#23 – ANTI – Top Billboard 200 Albums

Songs (overall):

Radio Songs

#16 – Love on the Brain

#17 – Wild Thoughts

Hot 100 Songs

#18 – Wild Thoughts

#33 – Love on the Brain

#66 – Loyalty

Digital Songs Sales

#32 – Love on the Brain

#46 – Wild Thoughts s

Streaming Songs

#17 – Wild Thoughts

#69 – Loyalty

On-Demand Songs

#24 – Wild Thoughts

#37 – Loyalty

Songs (genre):

Pop Songs

#14 – Love on the Brain

#27 – Wild Thoughts

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

#8 – Wild Thoughts

#21 – Love on the Brain

#33 – Loyalty

#85 – Selfish

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Songs

#7 – Wild Thoughts

#16 – Loyalty

#31 – Needed Me

#35 – Sex With Me

#42 – Love on the Brain

R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs

#12 – Love on the Brain

#17 – Wild Thoughts

R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs

#15 – Wild Thoughts

#50 – Loyalty

Hot R&B Songs

#2 – Wild Thoughts

#7 – Love on the Brain

#25 – Selfish

R&B Digital Songs

#5 – Love on the Brain

#7 – Wild Thoughts

#23 – Selfish

R&B Streaming Songs

#6 – Wild Thoughts

#7 – Love on the Brain

#15 – Needed Me

#22 – Work

Rhythmic Songs

#3 – Wild Thoughts

#20 – Love on the Brain

#21 – Loyalty

Hot Rap Songs

#23 – Loyalty

Rap Airplay Songs

#11 – Loyalty

Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

#11 – This is What You Came For

Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs

#20 – This is What You Came For

Hot Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs

#12 – This is What You Came For

Dance Club Songs

#3 – Love on the Brain

#8 – Pose

#12 – Desperado

#29 – Wild Thoughts

#31 – Sex With Me

Dance/Mix Show Airplay Songs

#14 – Wild Thoughts

#23 – Love on the Brain

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“Desperado” becomes Rihanna’s 32nd Dance Club Songs chart No. 1




Rihanna rocks the summit of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated Oct. 14) for the fifth time in 2017, a new high in a calendar year among all acts, as “Desperado” rises 2-1. Rihanna rolls ahead of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Katy Perry, each with four No. 1s in a January-December frame at least once; Rihanna hit that mark four times (in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016).

Before “Desperado,” Rihanna led this year with “Wild Thoughts” (by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, Aug. 26); “Pose” (July 15); “Sex With Me” (April 8); and “Love on the Brain” (Jan. 21).

Below Rihanna, five acts have landed as many as two No. 1s in 2017: Dua Lipa, Austin Mahone, Tony Moran, Katy Perry and LeAnn Rimes.

“Desperado” is Rihanna’s 32nd total topper, a sum second only to Madonna’s 46 in the chart’s 41-year history. Rihanna is also gaining on Madonna’s total at an astounding rate, with nine No. 1s since Madonna last topped the chart, on Aug. 15, 2015, with “B**** I’m Madonna.” Beyonce ranks third all-time with 22 leaders.

Remixed by 3LAU, Fairlane and MK, among others, “Desperado” is Rihanna’s seventh No. 1 from her album ANTI, a streak that started on April 23, 2016, with “Work” (featuring Drake). Her other ANTI No. 1s are: “Kiss It Better” (Aug. 6, 2016), “Needed Me” (Aug. 20, 2016), as well as the aforementioned 2017 toppers “Love on the Brain,” “Sex With Me” and “Pose.” Rihanna interrupted her run of ANTI rulers twice with other No. 1s: “Wild Thoughts” and “This Is What You Came For” (by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna), which posted a rare two-week reign on July 9 and 16, 2016, on its way to becoming the chart’s No. 1 song of last year.

Rihanna’s lucky seven marks the most No. 1s from a single set since Perry scored seven from the original edition of Teenage Dream in 2010-12: “California Gurls,” the title cut, “Peacock,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” and “The One That Got Away.” (Perry added two more leaders from the album’s 2012 The Complete Confection reissue, “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake.”)

Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here’s an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:

46, Madonna
32, Rihanna
22, Beyonce
19, Janet Jackson
18, Katy Perry
17, Mariah Carey
16, Kristine W
16, Jennifer Lopez
15, Donna Summer
14, Dave Aude
14, Lady Gaga
14, Enrique Iglesias
14, Pitbull
13, Deborah Cox
13, Whitney Houston
13, Kylie Minogue
13, Ono

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Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna’s ‘Loyalty’ Hits No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs Chart




Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty.,” featuring Rihanna, lifts 2-1 on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs airplay chart (dated Sept. 30). The collaboration gains by 5 percent in spins in the week ending Sept. 17, according to Nielsen Music.

With the move, Kendrick collects his second No. 1 hit on the chart among 17 entries to date. His previous leader also came this year, with “Humble.” leading for three weeks in June.

Rihanna, meanwhile, knocks herself out of No. 1 as “Loyalty.” unseats DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” which features the superstar alongside Bryson Tiller, after an eight-week command. Ironically, the last self-replacement at the pinnacle, which occurred a little more than one year ago, also involved Rihanna and DJ Khaled. On Sept. 10, 2016, Drake’s “Too Good,” featuring Rihanna, began the first of six ruling frames by bumping DJ Khaled’s “For Free,” which featured Drake, from the penthouse after three weeks. That move completed a triple play for Drake, whose “Controlla” led for the two weeks immediately preceding “For Free.”

One last Rihanna-Drake connection: “Loyalty.” gives Rihanna her 16th No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, second only to Drake’s 19 among all acts.

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