After first climbing as high as No. 17 on the Hot 100 in early May, “Bitch Better Have My Money” rockets to a new peak (28-15) in its 15th week on the chart following the July 1 release of its official video. (Not that the song had ever plummeted too far: it had ranked between Nos. 17 and 28 over its first 14 chart weeks.) The track reaches the Streaming Songs chart’s top 10 (22-7) with an 84 percent surge to 10 million U.S. streams in the tracking week, with 43 percent of its sum from Vevo on YouTube clicks for the new video. The clip’s arrival also helps spur the song’s No. 31 re-entry on Digital Songs (43,000 sold, up 65 percent).
A few days ago we reported that Rihanna grabbed her 23rd No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart as “Bitch Better Have My Money” lifts 2-1. Billboard finally posted an article about it, check it out:
Rihanna reigns atop Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated June 27) for the 23rd time with “Bitch Better Have My Money” (2-1). With her latest leader, she eclipses Beyonce (22 No. 1s), who last topped the chart in February with “7/11.” Rihanna now trails only Madonna (45) for the most No. 1s in the chart’s nearly 39-year history, dating to its inception as a national survey in 1976.
Madonna, meanwhile, is set to debut next week with a similarly titled track of her own, “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj. With a slew of remixes, including by Sander Kleinenberg, Fedde Le Grand, Junior Sanchez and Sick Individuals, Madonna could be headed for 46th chart-topper this summer.
As for Rihanna, her “Bitch” was remixed by its own cast of EDM stars, including Diplo & GTA, Flosstradamus, R3hab and Michael Woods, among others. Here’s an updated recap of Rihanna’s 23 Dance Club Songs leaders over the years. (For titles that spent multiple weeks at No. 1, total frames on top are noted in parentheses.)
If Rihanna isn’t pop’s most chart-dominant artist of the last decade, she’s close enough. Since 2006, she’s had thirteen Billboard number-one hits – ten on her own, three as a featured artist with T.I. and Eminem – and another thirteen Top 10s (two as a guest: Jay-Z’s “Run This Town,” also featuring Kanye West, number 2; and Drake’s “Take Care,” number 7).
No surprise, then, that she’s done pretty well on the Beatport charts as well. Currently, R3hab’s remix of RiRi’s current hit “Bitch Better Have My Money” is number 45 on the Beatport Top 100, where it peaked at number 11 in mid-May. It’s also tenth on the Electro House chart, where it stayed on the top spot from May 23 to 26. (On the Billboard chart, “Bitch Better Have My Money” is currently number 24, down from its peak of 17.)
R3hab’s remix is easily the biggest hit Rihanna’s had on the Beatport chart in recent years – the only other track of hers to make the Top 100 since 2012 was Fedde Le Grand’s version of the Shakira/Rihanna collaboration “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” which reached number 30 in March 2014. It peaked at number 12 on the Electro House chart as well.
Even more than the Pop/Rock listing, seemingly this über-pop star’s natural home in the Beatport universe, Electro House is where Rihanna’s been most successful of late, thanks to multiple versions of two other tracks. In 2013, “Right Now,” featuring David Guetta, landed in the Electro House chart three times thanks to mixes by Sick Individuals (number 17), Dyro (number 27), and Justin Prime (number 75). In addition, Chicago house O.G. Ralphi Rosario’s version made the Progressive House list, at number 73.
Rihanna grabs her 23rd No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart as “Bitch Better Have My Money” lifts 2-1. Dating to the chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, Rihanna trails only Madonna, the leader with 45 No. 1s.
The track is also Rihanna’s 36th Billboard Hot 100 top 20.
Ri shot a music video for “Bitch Better Have My Money” a couple months ago… and we’ve all been waiting for it!
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On June 11, 2005, the star launched with a dancehall hit, kicking off a career that’s since brought multiple styles – and No. 1s.
“Rihanna felt like a massive star the very time I met her in Jay Z’s office. That was also the day she was signed to Def Jam.” Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels marvels at his first memory of Rihanna. “You could feel her burning drive to succeed when you looked in her eyes.”
Bartels’ hunch was right. Rihanna’s debut single, the dancehall-reggae infused “Pon de Replay” marked her Billboard chart debut, entering the Billboard Hot 100 (at No. 97) dated June 11, 2005. Seven weeks later, it reached its No. 2 peak, setting off an astonishing run. Rihanna, 17 years old at the time of her chart arrival, scored her first No. 1, “SOS,” in May 2006 and has tallied 13 toppers total, through 2013’s “The Monster” (on which she assists Eminem). In only a decade, Rihanna has tied Michael Jackson for the third-most most Hot 100 No. 1s all-time, trailing only The Beatles, with 20, and Mariah Carey (18).
Rihanna’s most recent top 10 brought her closer to The Beatles – literally – as “FourFiveSeconds,” with Fab Four icon Paul McCartney, and Kanye West, reached No. 4 in February. The folky song continued Rihanna’s trademark sonic exploration, which has, in addition to dancehall, encompassed dance/pop, hard-hitting hip-hop and soaring ballads.
“Rihanna has an incredible depth of awareness about what the culture is doing and has an amazing connection with her fans,” Bartels says, alluding to her nearly 47 million Twitter followers (placing her among the 10-most followed people on the platform). “That allows her to be everything she wants.”
Rihanna is prepping her eighth studio album, for which no title or release date has been announced. Her last studio set, 2012’s Unapologetic, became her first Billboard 200 No. 1.
“Her first decade, in my opinion, has been superlative and iconic, yet it’s only a precursor of continued greatness,” Bartels says. “As a member of her team – and as a fan – I’m looking forward to it.”
Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” Billboard Hot 100’s highest debut last week, pushes 23-19. The track now becomes her 36th top 20.
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” falls 8-9 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 4.
In other news, Rihanna’s VEVO channel has reached 16 million subscribers. She has the most subscribed VEVO account ever. Congrats, Ri!
Rihanna’s top 20 hits in the United States:
Rihanna roars in at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Bitch Better Have My Money,” the chart’s highest debut, powered largely by its No. 5 debut on Digital Songs (108,000 sold since its digital retail arrival on March 26).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” rebounds 6-5 (after rising as high as No. 4 two weeks ago), adding top Streaming Gainer honors. The fab three’s single blasts 36-10 on Streaming Songs with a 53 percent surge to 5.8 million after it was added to Spotify and other streamers. (Vevo on YouTube clicks continue to account for the majority, 61 percent, of its streaming activity.) The track bumps 10-8 on Radio Songs (77 million, up 10 percent) and slips 4-5 on Digital Songs (156,000, down 10 percent).
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“FourFiveSeconds” additionally spends a third week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, matching McCartney’s longest reign on the tally. His sole prior No. 1 on the list, “The Girl Is Mine,” with Michael Jackson, reigned the weeks of Jan. 15-22-29, 1983.