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Rihanna Extends Record for Most No. 1s on Radio Songs Chart

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DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, takes over atop the all-genre Radio Songs airplay chart, up 6 percent to 135.1 million in audience in the week ending Aug. 13, according to Nielsen Music.

On the Hot 100, “Thoughts” holds at its No. 2 Hot 100 high for a fifth week.

Rihanna achieves her 13th Radio Songs No. 1, extending her record for the most leaders in the history of the chart, which began in 1990. Khaled and Tiller each celebrate their first leader on the list. Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most Radio Songs No. 1s:

Most No. 1s on Billboard’s Radio Songs Chart
13, Rihanna
11, Mariah Carey
7, Bruno Mars
7, Katy Perry
7, Usher
6, Ludacris
6, Taylor Swift
6, Kanye West

 

Rihanna first reigned on Radio Songs with “Umbrella,” featuring JAY Z, for four weeks in 2007. Perhaps surprisingly, “Thoughts” is her first No. 1 on the chart since early 2014, when Eminem’s “The Monster,” on which she’s featured, wrapped a six-week rule. Since then, she scored two No. 2 hits (“Work,” featuring Drake, and “This Is What You Came For,” by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, both in 2016), while she reached No. 3 in March with “Love on the Brain.”

Also notably, the guitar riff in “Thoughts” makes its second trip to No. 1 on Radio Songs: the song samples Santana’s “Maria Maria” (featuring The Product G&B), which topped the chart dated April 22, 2000.

“Thoughts” additionally reaches No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (37 million in genre audience, up 4 percent), becoming Rihanna’s seventh leader, Khaled’s third and Tiller’s second (following his debut hit “Don’t” in 2016).

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Rihanna is all over Billboard’s Year-End Charts

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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:

Rihanna:

#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

Albums:

#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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“Desperado” becomes Rihanna’s 32nd Dance Club Songs chart No. 1

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Rihanna rocks the summit of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated Oct. 14) for the fifth time in 2017, a new high in a calendar year among all acts, as “Desperado” rises 2-1. Rihanna rolls ahead of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Katy Perry, each with four No. 1s in a January-December frame at least once; Rihanna hit that mark four times (in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016).

Before “Desperado,” Rihanna led this year with “Wild Thoughts” (by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, Aug. 26); “Pose” (July 15); “Sex With Me” (April 8); and “Love on the Brain” (Jan. 21).

Below Rihanna, five acts have landed as many as two No. 1s in 2017: Dua Lipa, Austin Mahone, Tony Moran, Katy Perry and LeAnn Rimes.

“Desperado” is Rihanna’s 32nd total topper, a sum second only to Madonna’s 46 in the chart’s 41-year history. Rihanna is also gaining on Madonna’s total at an astounding rate, with nine No. 1s since Madonna last topped the chart, on Aug. 15, 2015, with “B**** I’m Madonna.” Beyonce ranks third all-time with 22 leaders.

Remixed by 3LAU, Fairlane and MK, among others, “Desperado” is Rihanna’s seventh No. 1 from her album ANTI, a streak that started on April 23, 2016, with “Work” (featuring Drake). Her other ANTI No. 1s are: “Kiss It Better” (Aug. 6, 2016), “Needed Me” (Aug. 20, 2016), as well as the aforementioned 2017 toppers “Love on the Brain,” “Sex With Me” and “Pose.” Rihanna interrupted her run of ANTI rulers twice with other No. 1s: “Wild Thoughts” and “This Is What You Came For” (by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna), which posted a rare two-week reign on July 9 and 16, 2016, on its way to becoming the chart’s No. 1 song of last year.

Rihanna’s lucky seven marks the most No. 1s from a single set since Perry scored seven from the original edition of Teenage Dream in 2010-12: “California Gurls,” the title cut, “Peacock,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” and “The One That Got Away.” (Perry added two more leaders from the album’s 2012 The Complete Confection reissue, “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake.”)

Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here’s an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:

46, Madonna
32, Rihanna
22, Beyonce
19, Janet Jackson
18, Katy Perry
17, Mariah Carey
16, Kristine W
16, Jennifer Lopez
15, Donna Summer
14, Dave Aude
14, Lady Gaga
14, Enrique Iglesias
14, Pitbull
13, Deborah Cox
13, Whitney Houston
13, Kylie Minogue
13, Ono

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Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna’s ‘Loyalty’ Hits No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs Chart

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Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty.,” featuring Rihanna, lifts 2-1 on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs airplay chart (dated Sept. 30). The collaboration gains by 5 percent in spins in the week ending Sept. 17, according to Nielsen Music.

With the move, Kendrick collects his second No. 1 hit on the chart among 17 entries to date. His previous leader also came this year, with “Humble.” leading for three weeks in June.

Rihanna, meanwhile, knocks herself out of No. 1 as “Loyalty.” unseats DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” which features the superstar alongside Bryson Tiller, after an eight-week command. Ironically, the last self-replacement at the pinnacle, which occurred a little more than one year ago, also involved Rihanna and DJ Khaled. On Sept. 10, 2016, Drake’s “Too Good,” featuring Rihanna, began the first of six ruling frames by bumping DJ Khaled’s “For Free,” which featured Drake, from the penthouse after three weeks. That move completed a triple play for Drake, whose “Controlla” led for the two weeks immediately preceding “For Free.”

One last Rihanna-Drake connection: “Loyalty.” gives Rihanna her 16th No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, second only to Drake’s 19 among all acts.

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