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Billboard Hot 100: Rihanna has 2 songs in the top 10 this week



Rihanna’s “Needed Me” reaches a new Hot 100 peak, rising 9-8. The track drops 3-4 on Streaming Songs, but holds steady with 16.8 million domestic streams, and jumps 28-20 on Digital Songs (37,000, up 2 percent) and 33-26 on Radio Songs (43 million, up 15 percent).

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Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” featuring Rihanna, returns to the Hot 100’s top 10, revisiting its No. 9 high, up from No. 11 (after debuting at No. 9 four weeks ago). The song is up across-the-board, lifting 10-7 on Digital Songs (67,000, up 2 percent); 16-14 on Radio Songs (69 million, up 19 percent); and 18-15 on Streaming Songs (10 million, up 2 percent).

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N.E.R.D. & Rihanna’s ‘Lemon’ Hits No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs Chart




N.E.R.D. and Rihanna’s “Lemon” darts 4-1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart (dated Feb. 10) to command the list for the first time. The collaboration leaps to the top with an 8 percent hike in plays in the week ending Feb. 4, according to Nielsen Music.

With “Lemon,” N.E.R.D. squeezes out its first trip to the summit with its first entry on the chart.

Rihanna logs her 17th No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, extending her mark for the most among women and pulling within two chart-toppers of tying Drake’s record of 19. (Notably, Drake could challenge for another No. 1 soon, as “God’s Plan” races 16-12 with a mighty 57 percent gain in plays for the week and takes the Greatest Gainer prize.)

Here’s a look at the acts with the most No. 1s on Rhythmic Songs since the list’s inception on Oct. 3, 1992:

19, Drake
17, Rihanna
13, Usher
11, Lil Wayne
9, Beyoncé
9, Chris Brown
9, JAY-Z

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Global Citizens and Rihanna Help Secure $2.3BN For Education




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Via Global Citizen: Today (Feb. 2nd) marks a historic moment on the world stage: for the first time the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference was hosted jointly by a G7 leader, French President Emmanuel Macron, and the president of a developing country, Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal.  Held in Dakar, Senegal, what it achieved will have a lasting impact for many years to come: $2.3 billion to support education in developing countries.

The guestlist at the conference demonstrated the universal recognition that education is the key to a fairer world. Attendees included seven heads of state, over 60 ministers, the President of the World Bank, leaders of UN agencies, civil society organizations and corporations, and not forgetting of course, GPE’s Global ambassador, Rihanna, who closed the day with an inspiring thank you to all donors and advocates present.

Amidst a tough climate of rising isolationist rhetoric and America’s ongoing issues with its budget resolution, these results were impressive and demonstrate the power of our collective voice.

In fact, Global Citizens took more than 263,682 actions since the campaign kicked off in earnest in April of last year — a rallying cry that was joined by Rihanna in the weeks coming up to the replenishment.

Rihanna isn’t the only major cultural figure who has spoken up for global education. She has also been joined by education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who asked world leaders to #FundEducation in a powerful video released on her Twitter account; Bono, who wrote about the need to fund girls’ education through GPE in an op-ed for Time Magazine; and Pope Francis, who called on heads of state to provide “integrated education for children throughout the world, especially those affected by conflict, famine and inequality.”

In fact, the Global Partnership does just this, working with teachers, students, and partners from 89 developing countries to provide educational services to children in some of the hardest-to-reach parts of the world. Nearly half of the countries GPE operates in are “fragile” or “conflict-affected” states, according to the group’s classifications.

Between 2002 and 2015, the partnership helped to get more than 70 million kids into school in partner countries, and has trained hundreds of thousands of teachers.

Global Citizens called on the major funders of GPE to increase their commitment to the fund in an effort to help get an additional 870 million children in school.

Key countries targeted by Global Citizens’ actions and our high level campaigning stepped up for education: the EU, Norway, and the UK were the biggest donors on the day, committing EUR 337.5 million, NOK 2 billion, and GBP £225 million, respectively, with Canada reaffirming their commitment of CAD $180 million announced a few days ago at the World Economic Forum, in Davos and Australia continuing as a key supporter with $90 million.

France, which co-hosted the financing conference, committed EUR 200M to the GPE (almost two hundred times its previous commitment of $1 million), along with a EUR 100M commitment on bilateral education support, Macron announced.

“Our duty is a moral one,” Macron said. “Our commitment to education is a commitment to allowing our youth to choose their future.”

“Opening a school is closing a prison,” he added. “We want to close a lot of prisons.”

In other positive news, Argentina and Japan — G7 and G20 countries that Global Citizens have consistently called upon to deliver for education — were at the financing conference to support GPE. Argentina announced that education would be a priority on the G20 agenda for the duration of 2018, while Japan committed USD $1.76 million.

The United Arab Emirates also stepped up to #FundEducation as a first-time donor, making an unprecedented first-time commitment of USD $100M to the GPE.

And it was not simply donor governments that stepped up — a key part of the GPE’s ask was for developing countries to increase their domestic expenditure to 20% of their overall budget. Senegal, Somaliland, Sudan, Gambia, Ghana, Bhutan, Cambodia, Grenada, and other countries all responded to this demand.

These results would not have happened without Global Citizens working tirelessly alongside our partners — so thank you to each and every one of you, Results, ONE, GCE, Save the Children and more, for having your voice heard.

Despite all this progress, the commitment total fell short of the $3.1 billion GPE needs to reach 870 million children in 89 developing countries around the world with the quality education every child deserves.

Based on Global Citizen’s calculations, this lower amount is set to provide at least 573.5 million children with improved quality and access to education in developing countries. This means we need to keep the heat on businesses and governments to help up to 300 million children that GPE could provide a brighter future for if they hit their full replenishment target.
In other words, our work is far from done.

The focus over the next year will be  encouraging private foundations to help plug the gap  and asking G7 and G20 donors who are not yet at the table, or who could do more, to use opportunities like the G7 and G20 later this year to make new or top up commitments to GPE.

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Rihanna is all over Billboard’s Year-End Charts




Billboard’s year-end charts are out! The highest-ranked year-end Billboard 200 album by a woman is Rihanna’s 2016 release, ANTI, at No. 23.

Thanks to “Love on the Brain”, “Pose”, “Desperado”, “Wild Thoughts” and “Sex With Me”, Rihanna tops Dance Club Songs Artists. She’s No. 2 among Top Female Artists and is also the year’s Top Female R&B/Hip-Hop artist.

FYI: Rihanna is the youngest and fastest solo artist to earn fourteen number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as a current total of 31 Top 10 Hits on the same chart.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance during the span of Dec. 3, 2016, to Nov. 25, 2017.

Check out all of Rihanna’s positions on Billboard’s Year-End charts thanks to our friends at Rihanna Online:


#1 – Dance Club Songs Artists

#2 – Top Artists – Female

#3 – R&B Digital Songs Artists

#5 – R&B Streaming Songs Artists

#6 – R&B Albums Artists

#6 – Hot R&B Songs Artists

#7 – R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Artists

#8 – R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs Artists

#9 – Radio Songs Artists

#9 – Social 50 Artists

#9 – Rhythmic Songs Artists

#13 – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists

#17 – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Artists

#18 – Hot 100 Artists

#19 – Top Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Artists


#4 – ANTI – R&B Albums

#16 – ANTI – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

#23 – ANTI – Top Billboard 200 Albums

Songs (overall):

Radio Songs

#16 – Love on the Brain

#17 – Wild Thoughts

Hot 100 Songs

#18 – Wild Thoughts

#33 – Love on the Brain

#66 – Loyalty

Digital Songs Sales

#32 – Love on the Brain

#46 – Wild Thoughts s

Streaming Songs

#17 – Wild Thoughts

#69 – Loyalty

On-Demand Songs

#24 – Wild Thoughts

#37 – Loyalty

Songs (genre):

Pop Songs

#14 – Love on the Brain

#27 – Wild Thoughts

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

#8 – Wild Thoughts

#21 – Love on the Brain

#33 – Loyalty

#85 – Selfish

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Songs

#7 – Wild Thoughts

#16 – Loyalty

#31 – Needed Me

#35 – Sex With Me

#42 – Love on the Brain

R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs

#12 – Love on the Brain

#17 – Wild Thoughts

R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs

#15 – Wild Thoughts

#50 – Loyalty

Hot R&B Songs

#2 – Wild Thoughts

#7 – Love on the Brain

#25 – Selfish

R&B Digital Songs

#5 – Love on the Brain

#7 – Wild Thoughts

#23 – Selfish

R&B Streaming Songs

#6 – Wild Thoughts

#7 – Love on the Brain

#15 – Needed Me

#22 – Work

Rhythmic Songs

#3 – Wild Thoughts

#20 – Love on the Brain

#21 – Loyalty

Hot Rap Songs

#23 – Loyalty

Rap Airplay Songs

#11 – Loyalty

Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

#11 – This is What You Came For

Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs

#20 – This is What You Came For

Hot Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs

#12 – This is What You Came For

Dance Club Songs

#3 – Love on the Brain

#8 – Pose

#12 – Desperado

#29 – Wild Thoughts

#31 – Sex With Me

Dance/Mix Show Airplay Songs

#14 – Wild Thoughts

#23 – Love on the Brain

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