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1 VS. 100

Hola Gary,

How weird that Rihanna ranks at Nos. 1 and 100 on the latest Hot 100. Her "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, tops the chart for a 10th week while the title cut from her latest album, "Talk That Talk," featuring Jay-Z, re-enters at No. 100.

How uncommon is it for an artist to bookend the chart?

Peace,

Pablo Nelson
Berkeley, California

Hi Pablo,

Very uncommon.

That's simply one of those quirky chart coincidences that, until the current Hot 100, hadn't occurred since Flo Rida began and ended the list almost four years ago. Before that, an artist had held the Nos. 1 and 100 spots only one other time since the chart adopted Nielsen data the week of Nov. 30, 1991. Here are the three such rare instances:

Chart Date, Artist, No. 1 Title, No. 100 Title
Jan. 28, 2012, Rihanna, "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris), "Talk That Talk"

March 1, 2008, Flo Rida, "Low" (featuring T-Pain), "Elevator" (featuring Timbaland)

Oct. 29, 2005, Kanye West , "Gold Digger" (featuring Jamie Foxx), "Heard 'Em Say" (featuring Adam Levine)

Part of why such positioning is uncommon is that, per Hot 100 recurrent rules, songs depart the chart after 20 weeks if below No. 50. Since most No. 1 hits total more than 20 weeks in the chart's upper reaches, they never dip below No. 50, leaving star artists less likely to loiter in the chart's lower rungs. While at No. 1, they most likely need to be at No. 100 not with a former smash, but perhaps with an album cut or future single registering enough sales to dent the chart at No. 100 or in a featured role on another's act's song.

(Almost honorable mention, title-wise: After Usher's "Yeah!" wrapped a 12-week run at No. 1 in 2004, the song "Maps" spent the next three weeks at No. 100. The act that recorded the latter title? Indie rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs).