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Rihanna’s Instagram Return Sparks No. 2 Re-Entry on Social 50
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Badgalriri – Rihanna’s handle on Instagram — has been absent from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform all summer since her account was deactivated in May. While no official explanation was offered, some say it was because of posts containing risqué images from her Lui magazine cover shoot.

Either way, Badgalriri reappeared Nov. 2 on Instagram, spurring a No. 2 re-entry on the Billboard Social 50 after a five-month absence from the chart’s top 10. The surge back onto the chart also elevates her on the Billboard Artist 100, where she flies 100-44.

Rihanna’s activity on Instagram is one of the primary drivers of her activity on the Social 50, where she’s spent 21 weeks in the No. 1 position since the chart’s launch in 2012. This explains why the account’s absence is responsible for such a dramatic drop in her standing on the chart.

On the week of her re-entry, she came back with a bang, posting more than 20 photos before the charting week’s end (on Nov. 9) that garnered 14.5 million reactions. The news contributes to the 109,000 mentions of her on Twitter (up 6 percent) and a 10 percent increase in traffic to her Wikipedia page for the week.

Follow @badgalriri and @rihannadaily on Instagram.

Quick News: Lyrics (?), Billboard, Italian MTV, Tom Ford
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  • Rihanna has been tweeting what appear to be new music lyrics! She’s been seen in recording studios since last year. Maybe it’s time for her 8th album to come out already! Share your thoughts here.

You’re just another brick and I’m a sledgehammer #barz / You gone make me a believer…even if that shit ain’t true #Barz / Politics is one bold move… Politics in lovin’ you #barz / Your silver tongue is full of lies, with tricks and thrills and Bambi eyes / And I hate that all I hate just don’t compare, because I love you #barz  / Let me make it clear, ain’t no place better, than where we’re together…just me and my money #bars  / You be the type that’ll wife her, I take her home and I don’t even like her  / You be the type that’ll fall in love, I be the type that be giving a fuuuuuck / I’d rather beee, smoking weeeed, everytime ya kiiiiss me, dooooon’t say that you miiiiss me…

  • Rihanna is also working on a concept album around the forthcoming 3D-movie titled “Home”. Emeli Sande recently revealed: “I’ve been writing for Rihanna’s new movie, which has been incredible.”
  • Billboard and Twitter launched the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts. These new, interactive charts redefine how fans interact with, and influence, popular content by ranking the most popular songs being shared on Twitter in the U.S. Read more about it here.
  • Rihanna is nominated for two awards in the Italian MTV Awards: Vogue Eyewear Best Look & Best Video. Vote here.
  • In an interview with Style.com, Tom Ford spoke about his CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, but also touched on the current state of fashion. The designer believes that the critic to consumer model is no longer relevant, and doesn’t serve to inform or alter the tastes of the masses. Instead, people care more about the social media co-signs of megastars like Rihanna. Rihanna agreed and tweeted “he gets it”. Ford explained:

Something new is happening that I’m just clueing into now—this probably won’t go down well—but customers don’t care any more about reviews or hard-copy publications. They care what picture Rihanna just Instagrammed while she’s naked in bed, what new shoes she has on, how she’s talking about them. That’s what they respond to.

 

 

“CRTFY” becomes Rihanna’s 22nd Dance Club Song No. 1
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Rihanna grabs her 22nd No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, as Shakira’s “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” featuring Rihanna, lifts 2-1. Dating to the chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, Rihanna trails only Madonna, the leader with 43 No. 1s.

“Can’t Remember to Forget You” is the lead single from Shakira’s self-titled album, released this week and due on next week’s charts. The song dips 31-34 on the Hot 100, where it’s reached No. 15.

“Jump” becomes a hit in Australia
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Rihanna’s “Jump” hasn’t been released as a single, but it’s a hit in Australia!

This week, “Jump” becomes her 16th Top 5 single on Austalia’s ARIA Singles Chart as it moves up to no.5 (+4)! Additionally, “Jump” becomes the second highest charting track off “Unapologetic” in Australia (1. “Stay” no.4, 2. “Jump” no.5, 3. “Diamonds” no.6).

Watch Rihanna performing “Jump” during her Diamonds World Tour in Sydney last year:

Thanks for the tips, @RihannaStats!

Quick News: Vogue, The Monster
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  • The March issue of Vogue US with Rihanna as the cover girl is not officially out everywhere yet, but thanks to Rihanna Navy member Esther we can already see the magazine scans. Take a look at them here. How do you like the interview? Let us know on Twitter.
  • Eminem’s “The Monster” featuring Rihanna became her 12th 3 million-seller song in the United States — more than any other artist in digital history.

 

Shakira, Rihanna’s ‘Remember’ Roars At Radio
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The pair’s new single, from Shakira’s forthcoming album, is off to a fast start at pop and Latin pop radio after its first day of release

Shakira’s new single, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” featuring Rihanna, has received a warm welcome at radio following its release yesterday (Jan. 13).

After its first day of availability, the lead track from Shakira’s first RCA Records album, due March 25 (her first English-language set since 2009’s “She Wolf”), has vaulted into the top 20 of the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs and Latin Pop Songs building charts. Airplay has been boosted by hourly plays yesterday on participating Clear Channel Media + Entertainment-owned English-language pop stations. The song received 1,172 first-day plays on 143 U.S. stations, amounting to 11 million all-format audience impressions.

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“The Monster” No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a fourth week
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Eminem and Rihanna tally a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Monster,” which fends off Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” at No. 2, also for a fourth week. With her continued reign, Rihanna moves into sole possession of the third-most total weeks at No. 1 (51) in the chart’s history.

Rihanna’s 13th No. 1 and Eminem’s fifth leader holds at the Hot 100’s summit, posting a fourth week atop the Radio Songs airplay chart. It slips by 7% to 136 million in all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. On Digital Songs, which it led for three weeks, “Monster” rebounds 3-2 with 433,000 downloads sold (up 124%), according to Nielsen SoundScan; all titles on the 50-position Digital Songs chart gain this week, as consumers redeemed digital gift cards after Christmas. (Total digital song sales rise by 98% from the previous week.) “Monster” falls to No. 2 after a week atop Streaming Songs (4.7 million U.S. streams, down 38%, according to BDS) and drops 1-2 after six weeks at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (1.6 million, down 25%).

As “Monster” marks four weeks atop the Hot 100, Rihanna collects her 51st career week at the summit, pushing her past Boyz II Men (50 weeks) for the third-most weeks spent at No. 1 in the chart’s 55-year history. Mariah Carey leads with 79 total weeks at No. 1 (via 18 toppers), followed by the Beatles (59 frames from 20 No. 1s). Usher rounds out the top five with 47 weeks at No. 1, thanks to nine leaders.

“Monster” spends a ninth week at No. 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs charts. It leads the Rhythmic radio-based list for a fifth week and Pop Songs and Rap Airplay for a fourth week each.