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Rihanna Tops Hot 100 for Third Week

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Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, holds atop the Hot 100 and claims a third week atop the Streaming Songs chart with 44.4 million U.S. streams, down 5 percent, in the week ending March 3, according to Nielsen Music. (With the song’s official music video having premiered Feb. 22, this week’s charts reflect its first full week of tracking.)

As noted last week, when “Work” drew 46.5 million streams, only two titles have scored higher weekly streaming sums: Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” (which peaked with 103 million domestic streams, driven primarily by user-generation videos including the track’s audio; March 2, 2013) and Adele’s “Hello” (61.6 million; Nov. 14, 2015). (Also note that while the official “Work” video includes two plays of the song, each click counts as one stream for chart tabulation purposes.)

“Work” also tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (19 million, up 5 percent) for a fourth frame. It dips to No. 2 after two weeks atop Digital Songs (154,000 downloads sold, down 9 percent) and lifts 5-4 on Radio Songs (104 million in airplay audience, up 16 percent), adding top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a fourth week.

“Work” rules Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a fifth (nonconsecutive) week and takes over at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Songs radio airplay charts.

As reported when the song reached No. 1, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 leader, upping her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, passing Michael Jackson (13). The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” is also 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 35th straight week that non-American talent has crowned the Hot 100.

Additionally, as noted in yesterday’s “Ask Billboard” reader mailbag, Rihanna is the only artist to have notched Hot 100 No. 1s from seven consecutive studio albums. “Work” is from Anti, which ranks at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 after topping the Feb. 20 chart.

“Work” keeps atop the Hot 100 with a nearly 2-to-1 lead in chart points over Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” which holds at No. 2 after leading for two (nonconsecutive) weeks. Still, “Love” spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart (155 million, up 2 percent). It drops 4-5 on Streaming Songs (14.5 million, down 8 percent) and 4-8 on Digital Songs (80,000, down 14 percent).

 

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Rihanna wins NAACP Image Award

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Rihanna Loyalty

Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration” for LOYALTY.

Congratulations to both of them!

This is the first time Rihanna wins a NAACP Image Award, an annual awards ceremony presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature.

Watch LOYALTY. again:

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Demi Lovato plays “Who’d You Rather?” on Ellen and proves her love for Rihanna

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During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Demi Lovato engaged in a spirited game of “Who’d You Rather” which revealed that her #1 celebrity crush is Rihanna, followed closely by Kristen Stewart and Niall Horan.

In “Who’d You Rather,” Ellen shows photos of two celebrities and asked the guest who they’d “rather.”  The celeb the guest picks then goes on to be matched up with the next celeb, and so on. Watch:

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Rihanna nominated in 5 categories at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards are set to take place on Sunday, March 11th at the historic Forum in Los Angeles. For the fifth straight year, the ceremony will celebrate the biggest songs and artists heard throughout the last year across radio stations nationwide and the iHeartRadio app … and the nominees are in!

Receiving multiple nominations this year are Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and The Chainsmokers.

Rihanna nominated in 5 categories at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards

  • Female Artist of the Year
  • R&B Artist of the Year
  • Song of the Year (Wild Thoughts)
  • Best Collaboration (Wild Thoughts)
  • Hip-Hop Song of the Year (Wild Thoughts)

The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will be simulcast live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8pm ET/5pm PT on March 11th, as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations across the country and on the iHeartRadio app. The show will feature live performances from today’s superstar performers, once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations, celebrity guest appearances, and more.

Watch Rihanna at the 2014 show:

Rihanna also performed “Bitch Better Have My Money” at the 2015 show:

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