The third single from Madonna's album Rebel Heart becomes the set's first Hot 100 hit, preventing the LP from becoming her first studio album not to generate a Hot 100 entry. Lead single "Living for Love" and follow-up "Ghosttown" both fell shy of the list. Still, both songs crowned the Dance Club Songs chart, with the latter becoming her 45th No. 1 on the survey and rewriting the record for the most leaders an artist has notched on any Billboard ranking. ("B****" debuts at No. 26 on Dance Club Songs this week.)
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"B****" arrives as Madonna's 57th Hot 100 hit and first since "Give Me All Your Luvin' " (also featuring Minaj, as well as M.I.A.) became her record-extending 38th top 10 in 2012. The Beatles follow with 34 Hot 100 top 10s.
Among women, Madonna boasts the fourth-most charted Hot 100 titles dating to the ranking's 1958 launch. Here's an updated look at the top 10 women with the most visits to the Hot 100, with Madonna and Minaj both upping their counts by one this week:
73, Aretha Franklin
69, Taylor Swift
63, Nicki Minaj
56, Dionne Warwick
53, Connie Francis
48, Brenda Lee
47, Mariah Carey
43, Miley Cyrus
Madonna also joins an exclusive club of artists that have charted Hot 100 hits whose titles include their own names. Prince, for instance, reached No. 36 in 1992 with "My Name Is Prince." Honorable mentions for Eminem, whose debut entry "My Name Is" also rose to No. 36, in 1999, and whose "The Real Slim Shady" soared to No. 4 in 2000.
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Plus, three other iconic acts charted self-referential titles, although not due to their lyrics: "The Beach Boys' Medley" surfed to No. 12 in 1981; "The Beatles' Movie Medley" reached the same rank, in 1982; and, Elvis Presley's "The Elvis Medley" reached No. 71, also in 1982.
Speaking of the Beatles, they charted the only composition prior to Madonna's latest with "Madonna" in its title: their classic "Lady Madonna" peaked at No. 4 in 1968. (Later that year, Fats Domino's cover spent two weeks at No. 100.)