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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Meghan Trainor’s a Triple Threat & Rihanna Roars Into the Top 40

Trainor holds in the top five with her own "No," while charting two other tracks, including a country No. 1, as a writer. Plus, Rihanna rises with "Needed Me."

As previously reported, Rihanna‘s “Work,” featuring Drake, spends a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 30), pushing her past the Beatles for the second-most total weeks spent at the summit (60 vs. 59; Mariah Carey leads with 79 total frames at No. 1). “Work” narrowly fends off Desiigner‘s “Panda,” which surges 5-2 on the Hot 100 and tops the Streaming Songs chart.

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Who else makes key moves on the Hot 100 this week?

Meghan Trainor
Trainor is riding high on the Hot 100 with her own “No,” at No. 4 (after reaching No. 3), but that’s only part of her current success. She’s also co-written the latest hits for Rascal Flatts and Jennifer Lopez. The former rises 59-52 on the Hot 100 with “I Like the Sound of That,” which, as previously reported, crowns Country Airplay (2-1). In her first Billboard interview in 2014, Trainor called it her “biggest dream come true” for the trio to record the song that she penned with Jesse Frasure and Shay Mooney (of Dan + Shay).

Meanwhile, Lopez debuts at No. 92 on the Hot 100 with Trainor’s co-write “Ain’t Your Mama,” which bows with 1.8 million U.S. streams. Lopez premiered the empowerment song on the April 7 American Idol finale.

Trainor has co-written one prior Hot 100 hit for another artist (in addition to co-writing all six of her own as a lead act): Fifth Harmony‘s first top 40 entry, “Sledgehammer,” which reached No. 40 in January 2015.

Rihanna, “Needed Me”
Rihanna‘s R&B/hip-hop and rhythmic radio follow-up to “Work” climbs 47-33 on the Hot 100, becoming her 43rd top 40 Hot 100 hit. Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most top 40 hits dating to the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, launch (including lead and featured billings):

80, Elvis Presley
68, Lil Wayne
57, Elton John
51, Glee Cast
50, the Beatles
49, Madonna
49, Taylor Swift
47, Drake
46, Stevie Wonder
44, James Brown
43, Aretha Franklin
43, Jay Z
43, Rihanna

Rihanna, thus, ties Aretha Franklin for third place among women with the most top 40 Hot 100 hits. The pair trails only Madonna and Taylor Swift, each with 49. Swift is just six notches from claiming the mark all to herself: her “New Romantics” hits a new peak, rising 62-46 (and 27-12 on Digital Songs with a 35 percent burst to 52,000 sold in the wake of the release of its official video).

“Needed” jumps 43-31 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and enters Rhythmic Songs at No. 36. It should surge in streaming following yesterday’s (April 20) release of its official video, which has helped send the song to No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140.

Concurrently, Rihanna’s new pop single, “Kiss It Better,” charges 36-27 on Pop Songs (while dipping 80-83 in its second week on the Hot 100).

Kelly Clarkson, “Piece by Piece”
The former No. 8 Hot 100 hit continues its resurgence (up 73-62), after Clarkson performed it on Idol Feb. 25, as it rises 12-9 on Adult Pop Songs. Now with 15 top 10s on the format airplay chart, she passes Swift (14) for the most among women in the chart’s 20-year history.

Pitbull feat. Enrique Iglesias, “Messin’ Around”
The two stars add a touch of arena rock to their trademark rhythms on their new collab, which enters as the Hot 100’s Hot Shot Debut (for the week’s highest new entry) at No. 70. The song interpolates REO Speedwagon’s No. 5 1981 Hot 100 hit “Take It on the Run,” reviving its “heard it from another you’ve been messin’ around” lyric. The new single starts at No. 20 on Digital Songs with 38,000 first-week downloads sold, while adding 1.3 million opening-week U.S. streams.

Jason Derulo, “If It Ain’t Love”
Derulo’s new stand-alone single debuts at No. 94 on the Hot 100, powered by 18 million in radio audience (up 59 percent) and 2.3 million U.S. streams (up 14 percent).