Rihanna Rules Hot 100 for Fifth Week
Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, logs a fifth week at No. 1 on theBillboard Hot 100 (dated April 2).
As on the Hot 100, “Work,” released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, spends a fifth week atop the Streaming Songs chart with 34 million U.S. streams, down 3 percent, in the week ending March 17, according to Nielsen Music. The collab also tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songschart (15.3 million, down 6 percent) for a sixth frame. It holds at its No. 3 high on Radio Songs (119 million in airplay audience, up 5 percent) and dips 3-4 on Digital Songs (97,000 downloads sold, down 11 percent). The track also rules Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a seventh (nonconsecutive) week.
“Work” is the lead single from Rihanna’s album Anti, which, as previously reported, rebounds 3-1 for a second week atop the Billboard 200. With Anti having first led the Billboard 200 dated Feb. 20, two weeks before “Work” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, this is the first week that Rihanna has led the lists concurrently with Anti and “Work,” respectively. It’s Rihanna’s second week doubling up overall: Her prior album, Unapologetic, crowned the Dec. 8, 2012, Billboard 200 (for its only week on top) while its lead single “Diamonds” was in its second of three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
As reported when the song reached No. 1, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 leader, lifting her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, passing Michael Jackson (13). The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” is also the record-breaking ninth Hot 100 No. 1 in a row by non-U.S.-born acts (with Rihanna from Barbados and Drake from Canada), while this week marks the record-extending 37th straight week that non-American talent has led the Hot 100.
“Work” keeps atop the Hot 100 with, like last week, a roughly 3-to-2 lead in chart points over Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” which holds at No. 2 after leading for two (nonconsecutive) weeks.