Rihanna earns her 12th career top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart released today, as "Russian Roulette" rockets 75-9, triggered by first-week download sales of 132,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Russian Roulette" also opens at No. 9 on Digital Songs and edges 36-35 on Radio Songs/Hot 100 Airplay with 29.4 million audience impressions. The song's digital release coincided with the singer's first public comments since being assaulted by then-boyfriend Chris Brown in February. Rihanna participated in a three-part interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "20/20" and "Good Morning America" Nov. 5 and 6.
Rihanna's 12 Hot 100 top 10s place her second among female acts this decade, trailing only Beyoncé's 13 top 10s since 2000. "Russian Roulette" previews Rihanna's new album, "Rated R," due Nov. 23.
Taylor Swift, last night crowned the CMA's Entertainer of the Year, pushes 46-38 with "Fifteen," the 13th top 40 hit on the Hot 100 from "Fearless," extending the record for most such entries from one album (including the set's "Platinum Edition" re-release) in the chart's history.
In between the two tracks, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" rises 3-2 with Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors (94.6 million in audience, up 29%). Jay-Z performed the song with his backup singer (and Roc Nation roster member) Bridget Kelly at the Yankees' victory celebration in New York Nov. 6.
Sean Kingston protégé Iyaz soars 12-4 on the Hot 100 with "Replay," the chart's Greatest Gainer/Digital award winner. The track jumps 10-2 on Digital Songs (154,000 downloads sold, up 37%).
While Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" slips 6-7 on the Hot 100, the song becomes the 2009 Billboard Rising Star's first No. 1 on Radio Songs, where it climbs 2-1 as the only title to break the 100-million-audience-impression barrier this week (104 million).
The Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut belongs to Justin Bieber, whose "Favorite Girl" starts at No. 26. The teen singer's first two singles bullet at No. 24 ("One Time") and No. 77 ("One Less Lonely Girl").
Also new to the Hot 100 this week are Jason Aldean ("The Truth," No. 91), Rob Thomas ("Someday," No. 93), Jake Owen ("Eight Second Ride," No. 95) and the Glee Cast, featuring two of the series' stars, Chris Colfer and Lea Michele ("Defying Gravity," No. 99).