Rihanna Tops Hot 100 for Third Week
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).