Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney Headed for Hot 100 With 'FourFiveSeconds'

Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West
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Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West.

"FourFiveSeconds," the new track from Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, should roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 released this week, following the song's arrival on Saturday (Jan. 24).

Industry sources suggest that the sunny, acoustic-based track -- in which Rihanna and West trade vocals and McCartney provides guitar and backing vocals -- sold between 50,000 and 60,000 downloads on Saturday and Sunday.

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Radio has also taken a quick liking to the song, as it debuts on Pop Songs at No. 37 with less than two full days of airplay. Thanks to hourly plays Sunday on numerous iHeartMedia-owned stations, it starts on the ranking with more than 1,000 plays on nearly 100 reporters, which translates to a reach of 7.4 million in audience, according to Nielsen Music.

The song's sales, airplay and any streaming totals could combine for its debut perhaps in the Hot 100's upper half. On the Digital Songs chart, "FourFiveSeconds" could launch in the top 20. All charts, including the Hot 100 and Digital Songs, will refresh on Billboard.com on Thursday. Highlights of the Hot 100 will post, as always, on Wednesday.

After a full first of week of availability, it's likely that "FourFiveSeconds" will vault higher on next week's Hot 100 (to be refreshed on Billboard.com Feb. 5).

"FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!!!" Rihanna beamed Saturday on Twitter, directing followers to her website prominently featuring a link to purchase the song in the iTunes Store. She also posted a photo of herself, West and McCartney. In the song's first 48 hours of release, fans sent more than 614,000 tweets about Rihanna and the song, according to Twitter, sending it to No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart.

West earlier previewed the song for industry insiders at last week's three-day iHeartMedia Music Summit at Burbank, Calif.'s iHeartRadio Theatre.

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Released on Roc Nation, "FourFiveSeconds" is being promoted by Def Jam -- Rihanna's record label -- to pop, adult pop, rhythmic and R&B/hip-hop radio. (While the new track debuts on Pop Songs, West's other new collab with McCartney [on keyboards], "Only One," rises 39-31 in its second week on Rhythmic Songs and debuts at No. 36 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop. It debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 35 and has sold 195,000 downloads in its first two weeks.)

"FourFiveSeconds" elicits a "cool, different vibe," says Geespin, assistant program director/music director of R&B/hip-hop WWPR (Power 105.1) New York. The station played the song 18 times through Sunday. "We felt that it was important to expose it to our diverse audience, given the star power of the record."

"We expect this song to be one of the biggest of the year," proclaims Alex Tear, PD of Pop Songs panelist WHYI (Y100) Miami (21 plays). "Social media response was immediately strong and the song sounds amazing on-air. Kanye is in a great place; we welcome, with open arms, the return of RiRi; and, to top it off, Paul?!

"Home run. I would say it's on its way to No. 1."

--Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield and William Gruger

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