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Rihanna’s “Work” Leads Nielsen’s Mid-Year 2016 Charts

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For the Billboard tracking period of Jan. 1 through June 30, 2016, the most-streamed song (combining audio and video on-demand streams) is Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, with 511.5 million streams.

“Work” is also the second-biggest audio stream at the mid-year point (249.6 million), and the No. 2 most-streamed video (261.8 million). It also ranks as the No. 4 biggest-selling song (1.6 million downloads sold). See lists for all of the above metrics, below.

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units)
1. Drake, Views (2,609,000 units)
2. Adele, 25 (1,747,000 units)
3. Beyonce, Lemonade (1,687,000 units)
4. Justin Bieber, Purpose (1,332,000 units)
5. Rihanna, Anti (1,272,000 units)
6. Chris Stapleton, Traveller (931,000 units)
7. Prince, The Very Best of Prince (905,000 units)
8. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface (905,000 units)
9. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness (708,000 units)
10. Kevin Gates, Islah (690,000 units)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Albums
1. Adele, 25 (1,403,000)
2. Drake, Views (1,313,000)
3. Beyonce, Lemonade (1,202,000)
4. Chris Stapleton, Traveller (746,000)
5. Prince, The Very Best of Prince (575,000)
6. Rihanna, Anti (480,000)
7. Justin Bieber, Purpose (479,000)
8. David Bowie, Blackstar (428,000)
9. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) (413,000)
10. Panic at the Disco, Death of a Bachelor (397,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Songs
1. Flo Rida, “My House” (1,947,000)
2. Lukas Graham, “7 Years” (1,831,000)
3. Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself” (1,653,000)
4. Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work” (1,610,000)
5. Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (1,586,000)
6. Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” (1,442,000)
7. Justin Timberlake, Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (1,400,000)
8. Zayn, “Pillowtalk” (1,288,000)
9. Mike Posner, “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” (1,273,000)
10. Desiigner, “Panda” (1,211,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined)
1. Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work” (511,454,000)
2. Desiigner, “Panda” (467,379,000)
3. Justin Bieber, “Sorry” (325,235,000)
4. Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” (308,826,000)
5. Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself” (296,890,000)
6. Zayn, “Pillowtalk” (289,509,000)
7. G-Eazy x BeBe Rexha, “Me, Myself & I” (287,242,000)
8. Lukas Graham, “7 Years” (284,251,000)
9. Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (277,195,000)
10. Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “Work From Home” (255,697,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Audio Streams
1. Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” (286,396,000)
2. Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work” (249,625,000)
3. Desiigner, “Panda” (197,997,000)
4. G-Eazy x BeBe Rexha, “Me, Myself & I” (180,962,000)
5. Zayn, “Pillowtalk” (169,634,000)
6. Mike Posner, “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” (161,051,000)
7. Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself” (155,058,000)
8. Lukas Graham, “7 Years” (149,936,000)
9. Rihanna, “Needed Me” (146,364,000)
10. Justin Bieber, “Sorry” (145,482,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Video Streams
1. Desiigner, “Panda” (269,382,000)
2. Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work” (261,829,000)
3. Justin Bieber, “Sorry” (179,753,000)
4. Silento, “Watch Me” (152,687,000)
5. Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself” (141,833,000)
6. Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (135,576,000)
7. Lukas Graham, “7 Years” (134,315,000)
8. Zayn, “Pillowtalk” (119,875,000)
9. Kevin Gates, “2 Phones” (115,024,000)
10. Adele, “Hello” (113,612,000)

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Rihanna named Apple Music’s most-streamed female artist

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Rihanna has added another major achievement to her collection of accolades, and set a new standard for streaming in the process.

The pop star, beauty boss, and fashion mogul has just crossed the 2 billion mark for worldwide streams on Apple Music. She’s the first female artist to do so — she hit the milestone on International Women’s Day, no less — and tops Apple’s Top 20 Women in Streaming list as well.

Rihanna immediately shared her excitement and gratitude on social media, and opted to express herself not only with some humble thanks, but a perfect clip for the occasion.

In 2017, Rihanna was also Spotify‘s most streamed female artist.

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Rihanna Scores Record Eighth No. 1 From ‘ANTI’ on Dance Club Songs Chart

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Rihanna becomes the first act to score as many as eight No. 1s from one album in the history of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, as “Consideration,” featuring SZA, rises 2-1 on the list dated Feb. 24. The song is the unprecedented eighth topper on the tally from Rihanna’s 2016 album, ANTI.

“Consideration,” Rihanna’s first Dance Club Songs No. 1 since “Desperado” in October, also grants SZA her first No. 1 on the ranking.

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The run of eight Dance Club Songs No. 1s from ANTI began on April 23, 2016, with the coronation of “Work,” featuring Drake. During the set’s span of leaders, she’s added two No. 1s not on the set: “This Is What You Came For,” by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, which posted a two-week reign on July 9 and July 16, 2016, and “Wild Thoughts,” by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, which topped the Aug. 26, 2017-dated chart.

With “Consideration,” Rihanna breaks the record for most No. 1 songs from a single album on Dance Club Songs. Katy Perry previously held the mark, as she scored seven leaders from Teenage Dream in 2010-12.

Rihanna’s Eight No. 1s from ANTI on Dance Club Songs
Title, Date Reached No. 1

  1. “Work,” feat. Drake, April 23, 2016
  2. “Kiss It Better,” Aug. 6, 2016
  3. “Needed Me,” Aug. 20, 2016
  4. “Love on the Brain,” Jan. 21, 2017
  5. “Sex With Me,” April 8, 2017
  6. “Pose,” July 15, 2017
  7. “Desperado,” Oct. 14, 2017
  8. “Consideration,” feat. SZA, Feb. 24, 2018

The rise to No. 1 for “Consideration” was aided by remixes from MK, Dirty South, Mangal Suvarnan, James Carter, Will Clarke and the Stafford Brothers.

“Consideration” is Rihanna’s 33rd total Dance Club Songs No. 1, the second-best sum dating to the chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey. Madonna leads with 46 No. 1s, while Beyoncé places third with 22.

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

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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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