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Thanks to “Work,” Rihanna ties her second-longest Hot 100 reign

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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