The superstar scores her 12th Hot 100 No. 1, while the Lumineers' folk-rock 'Ho Hey' completes a lengthy journey to the top 10.
As previously reported, Rihanna's "Diamonds" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song replaces Maroon 5's "One More Night" (1-2) atop the list after a nine-week reign.
With her 12th Hot 100 topper, Rihanna ascends higher into rarefied historical chart air, as she ties Madonna and the Supremes for the fourth-most leaders in the ranking's 54-year history. Only the Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18) and Michael Jackson (13) have sent more titles to the top.
"Diamonds" darts to the penthouse courtesy of gains on all three of the Hot 100's component charts. It becomes Rihanna's record-extending 12th No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs, where it climbs 3-1 with a 19% increase to 171,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (and passes 1 million downloads sold to date). The song logs a second week atop On-Demand Songs (1.05 million on-demand streams, according to Nielsen BDS), good for top Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100, and pushes 4-2 on Hot 100 Airplay with 115 million all-format audience impressions (up 17%), according to BDS.
"Diamonds" (atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a seventh week) wins a fairly close race to No. 1 on the Hot 100, toppling "Night" by approximately 2,000 chart points. "Diamonds" gains by a robust 17% in overall points, while "Night" deflates by less than 1%.
After its nine-week reign, tying it with Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" for the year's longest Hot 100 command, "Night" drops to No. 2 despite logging a seventh week atop Hot 100 Airplay. The cut passes three titles that each spent six weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100 Airplay this year (Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain," fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, and Maroon 5's own "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa) to nab the list's longest rule since (guess who ...) Rihanna led for 12 weeks (Dec. 5, 2011-Feb. 18, 2012) with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris. "Night" maintains its No. 1 perch on Hot 100 Airplay with 139 million in audience (down 2%). It holds at No. 4 on On-Demand Songs (822,000, down 9%) and slides 5-7 on Hot Digital Songs (119,000, down 5%).
Ke$ha's "Die Young" follows closely behind "Diamonds" and "Night" on the Hot 100, notching a second straight week at No. 3. It earns the chart's top Airplay Gainer ribbon for a second consecutive week, pushing 7-5 on Hot 100 Airplay (105 million, up 23%), while remaining at No. 2 on On-Demand Songs (906,000, up 1%) and No. 4 on Hot Digital Songs (133,000, down 4%).
Bruno Mars collects his eighth top five Hot 100 hit, as "Locked Out of Heaven" lifts 6-4. It climbs 11-7 (88 million, up 18%) on Hot 100 Airplay, marking his ninth consecutive career-opening top 10, extending his record among men. Mariah Carey boasts the longest career-starting streak of top 10s in the radio ranking's 22-year history, having banked 12 in a row in 1990-94.
fun.'s "Some Nights" falls 4-5 on the Hot 100, followed by Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" (8-6) and PSY's former seven-week No. 2 hit "Gangnam Style" (5-7).
Folk-rock trio the Lumineers post the Hot 100's lone new top 10 entry, as "Ho Hey" bounds 13-8 in its 24th week. After topping the adult alternative Triple A airplay tally for eight weeks beginning in June and crowning Hot Rock Songs and Alternative starting in September, the song reaches the Hot 100's top tier at last, fueled by across-the-board gains on Hot Digital Songs (8-5; 121,000, up 20%), On-Demand Songs (7-5; 799,000, up 9%) and Hot 100 Airplay (25-15; 55 million, up 23%).
Taylor Swift's former three-week No. 1 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (7-9) and Flo Rida's "I Cry" (10-10) round out the Hot 100's top 10.
Check Billboard.biz tomorrow (Nov. 22), when all rankings, including the Hot 100, On-Demand Songs, Hot Digital Songs and Hot 100 Airplay, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.