Thanks to “Work,” Rihanna ties her second-longest Hot 100 reign
Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, logs a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 16).
As on the Hot 100, “Work,” released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 28.8 million U.S. streams, down 9 percent, in the week ending March 31, according to Nielsen Music. “Work” also tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (13.4 million, down 7 percent) for an eighth frame. It rises 3-2, hitting a new high, on Radio Songs (120 million in airplay audience, down 1 percent), while slipping 4-5 on Digital Songs (89,000 downloads sold, up 4 percent), which it led for two weeks. “Work” tops Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a ninth nonconsecutive week.
As reported when the song reached No. 1, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 leader, lifting her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, ahead of 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 (with Rihanna from Barbados and Drake from Canada), while this week marks the record-extending 39th straight week that non-American talent has led the Hot 100.
Speaking of The Beatles and Carey, Rihanna has now spent 58 total weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 via her 14 leaders. Rihanna is just one week away from potentially tying The Beatles (59) for the second-most weeks at No. 1; Carey leads with 79 cumulative frames at the summit. (Boyz II Men, with 50 weeks on top, and Usher, with 47, round out the top five.)
Meanwhile, thanks to “Work,” Rihanna ties her second-longest Hot 100 reign, as “Umbrella” (2007) and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” on which she’s featured (2010), also led for seven weeks each. Only her “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spent more time on top: 10 weeks in 2011-12. Rihanna additionally joins Carey as the only artists with four songs each that have led the Hot 100 for at least seven weeks. Carey established the club with a quartet of titles that all spent at least eight weeks at No. 1: “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men), 16 weeks (1995-96); “We Belong Together,” 14 (2005); “Dreamlover,” eight (1993); and “Fantasy,” eight (1995).
“Work,” down 4 percent in overall chart points, keeps atop the Hot 100 but with a narrower lead than last week over Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” which holds at its No. 2 peak (up 18 percent). The single from the Danish pop band (fronted by Lukas Graham Forchhammer) rebounds 2-1 for a third week atop Digital Songs (155,000, up 25 percent); slips 2-3 on Streaming Songs (16.7 million, up 10 percent); and hits the top 10 on Radio Songs (13-9; 79 million, up 18 percent), while adding the Hot 100’s top Digital and Airplay Gainer awards.