Rihanna Scores Double Domination Atop Hot 100, Billboard 200
<p>As Rihanna soaks in the success of "Unapologetic," which, as previously reported, becomes her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, bowing with 238,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, she maintains her No. 1 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with the set's lead single, "Diamonds."</p>
As Rihanna soaks in the success of "Unapologetic," which, as previously reported, becomes her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, bowing with 238,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, she maintains her No. 1 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with the set's lead single, "Diamonds."
Rihanna is just the second artist this year to lead both of Billboard's signature album and song rankings simultaneously. Adele doubled up atop the tallies, respectively, the weeks of Feb. 4 and 11 with "21" (which passes 10 million in sales this week, according to SoundScan) and the set's third Hot 100 No. 1, "Set Fire to the Rain."
Adele was the only act to earn such a twofold command last year. "21" lead single "Rolling in the Deep" led the Hot 100 for four of its seven total weeks at No. 1 while the album topped the Billboard 200. Second single "Someone Like You" did the same (for one of its five total weeks in charge of the Hot 100) the week of Nov. 5, 2011. ("21" has totaled 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 overall, marking the chart's longest reign since Prince and the Revolution's "Purple Rain" also ruled for 24 frames in 1985.)
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The last artist before Adele to control the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 concurrently did so with Rihanna's assistance. For four of the seven weeks that Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, led the Hot 100 in summer 2010, the rapper's album "Recovery" held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Earlier that year, Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" was amid its nine-week Hot 100 dominance while her debut album "Animal" roared onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 (Jan. 23, 2010). (More on Ke$ha in a moment ...)
"Diamonds" shines again atop the Hot 100, fueled prominently by its 8% gain on the Radio Songs chart, where it holds at No. 2 with 126 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. It tallies a third week atop On-Demand Songs with 1.08 million on-demand streams (up 3%) (and 1.24 million overall streams), according to BDS. "Diamonds" dips 1-2 on Digital Songs, although it increases by 3% to 176,000 downloads sold, according to SoundScan.
"Diamonds" (atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for an eighth week) handily wins the race to No. 1 on the Hot 100, leading Ke$ha's "Die Young" (3-2) by approximately 5,000 chart points. "Diamonds" gains by 5% in overall points, while "Young" surges by 7%. The latter title pushes 5-3 on Hot 100 Airplay (115 million, up 7%), while remaining at No. 4 on Hot Digital Songs (151,000, up 14%) and slipping 2-3 on On-Demand Songs (870,000, down 4%). As previously reported, the first single from Ke$ha's Dec. 4 album "Warrior" becomes her third No. 1 on the mainstream top 40 radio-based Pop Songs chart this week.
As he enters the Billboard 200 at No. 4 with his debut album "The World From the Side of the Moon," reigning "American idol" champ Phillip Phillips returns to the Hot 100 top 10 with "Home," which, in its 22nd week on the chart, reaches a new peak (12-8). Following his "Idol" victory, "Home" debuted at No. 10 (June 9). It fell off the chart after three weeks but returned, blasting 84-9 the week of Aug. 18 courtesy of its usage in NBC's coverage of the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the Summer Olympics. Radio airplay has since swelled, helping the song remain in the Hot 100's top 30 since the week it vaulted back to the top 10. The arrival of Phillips' debut set helps grant "Home" top Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100, as it bounds 31-12 on On-Demand Songs (606,000, up 38%). It advances 9-6 on Digital Songs (131,000, up 27%) and 14-12 on Radio Songs (67 million, up 5%).
Check Billboard.com tomorrow (Nov. 29), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 and On-Demand Songs in their entirety and Digital Songs and Radio Songs, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.