Via Billboard: Rihanna blasts back to the Hot 100 as “Lift Me Up” debuts at No. 2 with 48.1 million in radio audience, 26.2 million streams and 23,000 sold in its first week, following its Oct. 28 release.
The ballad begins as Rihanna’s 32nd Hot 100 top 10, the fifth-most in the chart’s history.
Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s:
40, Taylor Swift
34, The Beatles
30, Michael Jackson
29, Elton John
28, Mariah Carey
28, Stevie Wonder
27, Janet Jackson
26, Justin Bieber
25, Lil Wayne
25, Elvis Presley (with the start of Presley’s career having predated the Hot 100’s inception)
Rihanna earns her first Hot 100 top 10 since 2017, when DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” on which she and Bryson Tiller are featured, peaked at No. 2 for seven weeks that July-September. She first reached the top 10 with her debut hit “Pon De Replay,” which rose to No. 2 in July 2005. She boasts 14 No. 1s, the third-most after The Beatles’ 20 and Mariah Carey’s 19.
Highest debut in Rihanna’s career
With “Lift Me Up,” Rihanna ties her best career Hot 100 entrance, and makes her best arrival as a lead artist, after Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” on which she’s featured, debuted at No. 2 in July 2010 (and went on to reign for seven weeks).
“Lift Me Up” soars in at No. 2 on Streaming Songs, No. 3 on Digital Song Sales and No. 6 on Radio Songs. Notably, the song makes just the fourth top 10 Radio Songs start since the chart became an all-genre ranking in December 1998, after Adele’s “Easy on Me” (No. 4, 2021); Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (No. 6, 2011); and Janet Jackson’s “All for You” (No. 9, 2001).
Rihanna adds her 36th top 10 on Digital Song Sales, her record-extending 30th on Radio Songs (ahead of runner up Drake with 24) and her 15th on Streaming Songs. (Helping the song’s sales start, its original and instrumental versions were made available in Rihanna’s webstore Nov. 2, while original and instrumental options with two alternate covers arrived Nov. 3.)
The single also opens at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot R&B Songs charts, which use the same methodology as the Hot 100. Rihanna adds her eighth leader on the former list (dating to her first, “Take a Bow,” in 2008) and her sixth on the latter (which began in 2012). She had last topped both tallies with “Wild Thoughts” in 2017.
“Lift Me Up” is from the soundtrack, released Nov. 4, to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, due in theaters this Friday (Nov. 11).