As we do every Monday, let’s get to work (work, work, work, work) in running down the Hot 100’s top 10 and more. Highlights of the airplay, sales and streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.
“Work,” released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, holds atop the Hot 100 boosted by an 80 percent blast to 46.5 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Feb. 25, according to Nielsen Music, following the arrival of its official music video Feb. 22. Notably, the song sports 13.9 million Vevo on YouTube clicks for the week, up from 575,000 the prior frame. “Work” leads the Streaming Songs chart for a second week and tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (18.1 million streams, up 19 percent) for a third frame. It rules Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a fourth (nonconsecutive) week.
Impressively, only two titles have scored a higher weekly streaming sum than the 46.5 million tallied by “Work,” dating to the Streaming Songs tally’s 2013 inception. Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” peaked with 103 million domestic streams (driven primarily by user-generation videos including the track’s audio), reflected on the March 2, 2013 ranking, and logged four total weeks of more than 46.5 million streams. Adele’s “Hello” peaked with 61.6 million streams (Nov. 14, 2015) and posted a second week of more than 46.5 million. (Note that while the official “Work” video includes two plays of the song, each click counts as one stream for chart tabulation purposes.)
“Work” rebounds 2-1 for a second week atop the Digital Songs chart (169,000 downloads sold, up 42 percent) and bounds 10-5 on Radio Songs (90 million in airplay audience, up 18 percent). The song claims all three of the Hot 100’s top Gainer awards, for streaming, digital sales and airplay, becoming the first title to triple up with the nods since Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) on the June 6, 2015, chart, when it rocketed 53-1 after the arrival of its official clip (premiered at the kick-off of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards).
As reported last week when the song dashed 4-1, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 leader, lifting her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, breaking a tie with Michael Jackson. The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” is additionally the record-breaking ninth Hot 100 No. 1 in a row by non-U.S.-born acts (Rihanna is from Barbados; Drake, from Canada), while this week marks the record-extending 34th straight week that non-American talent has crowned the Hot 100.
Also, as noted in yesterday’s “Ask Billboard” reader mailbag, Rihanna is the first artist to have notched two Hot 100 No. 1s with two different artists: Eminem and her co-“Work”-er Drake. Rihanna previously topped the chart with “What’s My Name?,” also billed as by Rihanna featuring Drake, in 2010 and has assisted on two of Eminem’s leaders: “Love the Way You Lie” (2010) and “The Monster” (2013).
As “Work” solidifies its standing atop the Hot 100, Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” holds at No. 2 after leading for two (nonconsecutive) weeks. Still, “Love” spends a third week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, with 151 million (essentially even from last week). It dips 3-4 on Digital Songs (92,000, down 22 percent) and holds at No. 4 on Streaming Songs (15.7 million, down 4 percent).
Twenty One Pilots‘ “Stressed Out” is stationary to No. 3 on the Hot 100 after rising to No. 2. It stays at No. 2 on Radio Songs (147 million, no significant change from a week ago); rebounds 4-3 on Digital Songs (93,000, down 16 percent); and, keeps at No. 6 on Streaming Songs (13.5 million, up 2 percent). “Stressed” leads Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart for a 10th week and takes over at No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, marking a milestone in its crossover. It previously led Alternative Songs for 12 frames.
The Hot 100’s entire top six songs, in fact, are steady, with Bieber’s former three-week No. 1 “Sorry” remaining at No. 4; Flo Rida’s “My House” holding at its No. 5 high (after two weeks atop Digital Songs, “House” descends to No. 2, down 13 percent to 117,000); and, Zayn’s “Pillowtalk” stays in place at No. 6 after debuting at No. 1 three weeks ago (and zips 36-24 on Radio Songs, up by 22 percent to 46 million).
G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha’s “Me, Myself & I” hits a new Hot 100 peak, pushing 8-7, while ruling Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart for a fourth week; Adele’s “Hello” slips 7-8 on the Hot 100 after logging 10 weeks at No. 1, while parent album 25 logs a 10th week atop the Billboard 200; and, DNCE‘s debut hit “Cake by the Ocean” sweetens the top 10 for a second week, rising to a new high (10-9). As reported last week, DNCE frontman Joe Jonas has now scored Hot 100 top 10s under three billings: with his new group, as a Jonas Brothers member and as a soloist.
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, The Chainsmokers “Roses,” featuring Rozes, falls 9-10 after reaching No. 6. It dominates Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a 10th week.
Just outside the Hot 100’s top 10, Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” leaps to a new peak (20-12), as does Yo Gotti’s “Down in the DM,” featuring Nicki Minaj (18-13), and Mike Posner’s’ “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (24-15).
Find out more noteworthy news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column to post later this week. And visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 1) when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (March 4).