Rihanna’s Anti album release on Jan. 27 has lit up the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140, as a number of the set's cuts united to become the top discussed and shared tracks on the platform in the first day of the set’s release.
The Trending 140 chart measures the acceleration of conversation around artists and their music, while the Emerging Artists chart measures the volume of tweets around new artists and their songs.
As word of the album’s release spread on Twitter, several of Anti's cuts scored high debuts on the Trending 140 chart, led by the album’s lead single “Work,” which hit No. 1 for 15 nonconsecutive hours as Twitter’s most shared and discussed song upon its release.
One day after the Drake-assisted first single premiered on Jan. 27, a leak forced Rihanna and crew to advance the Anti release to Wednesday night (Jan. 28), up two days from a projected debut on Friday (Jan. 29).
In addition to “Work,” Rihanna scored three additional Anti No. 1s on the Trending 140, led by “Consideration,” the album’s opening track. The SZA-featured number clocked four hours as the top trending track in the U.S. Meanwhile, popular cut “Kiss It Better” also climbed to No. 1 for one hour, before logging three nonconsecutive hours in the runner-up slot, and “Higher,” which the singer teased as far back as March 2015 in Instagram posts, likewise leapt to a No. 1 placement.
You guys legit made me the happiest girl in the world!! I'm so grateful that you appreciate the #ANTI album! It's the most rewarding feeling
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 28, 2016
Beyond the three chart-toppers, other Anti album cuts displayed strong showings upon the set’s release, with another seven tracks peaking in the top 10 (as of 3 pm ET on Jan. 28): “Woo,” “Love on the Brain,” “James Joint,” “Sam Ol’ Mistakes,” “Never Ending,” “Desperado” and “Close To You."
While Anti dominated the Trending 140, Rihanna’s 2015 singles “FourFiveSeconds,” “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “American Oxygen” -- which many expected to be included on Anti -- also saw chart resurgence as Twitter users commented on their omission from the album. “Money” rebounded to a No. 6 showing on Jan. 27, with “Oxygen” joining it in the top tier as it rallied to No. 10. “FourFiveSeconds,” Rihanna's collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, returned to No. 25.
Anti follows 2012’s Unapologetic, which gave the singer her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in seven tries. The nearly four-year gap between the two albums marks her longest break between studio sets.