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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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Savage X Fenty’s Summer Drop is Here

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New Savage X Fenty lingerie from the #UCUTE and #DAMN categories are out now! Check out the new drop of basics, lace slips, robes and more at SAVAGEX.com.

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Rihanna’s Fourth Diamond Ball to Be Held in NYC

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We are just two months away from this year’s Diamond Ball on September 13! Here‘s a look back at last year to start off our countdown:

The third Diamond Ball raised over $5 million to support CLF’s global education, health and emergency response programs around the world. The evening featured high-energy performances by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris.

“I am thrilled to bring the Diamond Ball to New York City and bring everyone closer to the mission, the partnerships, the programs and the people at the heart of it all,” said Rihanna at the 2017 Diamond Ball. “Together, we are funding groundbreaking and effective global education, health and emergency response programs. We are investing in the future and helping to improve the quality of life for young people and their families around the globe.”

Read more about Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation.

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Rihanna nominated for the 2018 MTV VMAs

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Congratulations to N.E.R.D and Rihanna! Their 2017 collab “Lemon” is nominated for Best Collaboration and Best Editing at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

The 2018 VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York on Monday, August 20. Vote here.

In 2016, Rihanna performed four times at the VMAs and took home the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Watch below:

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