Rihanna Rules Hot 100, Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ Pushes to No. 2 & Justin Bieber Makes History
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. "Work"…
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. “Work” narrowly fends off Desiigner‘s “Panda,” which surges 5-2 on the Hot 100 and tops the Streaming Songs chart.
Plus, Justin Bieber breaks his own longevity record in the Hot 100’s top 10 with “Love Yourself” and Drake takes over atop the Digital Songs chart with “One Dance.”
As we do every Monday, let’s run 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, drops to No. 2 on the Streaming Songs chart after eight weeks at No. 1, with 26 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent, in the week ending April 14, according to Nielsen Music. It falls 3-6 on Radio Songs (97 million in all-format airplay audience, down 13 percent), after reaching No. 2 on the list, and descends 12-13 on Digital Songs (52,000 downloads sold, down 18 percent), which it led for two weeks. Still, “Work” tops Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for an 11th (nonconsecutive) week.
As reported when the song reached the top, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 No. 1, placing her in a solo share of the third-most all-time, ahead of Michael Jackson (13). The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” is the record-breaking ninth Hot 100 No. 1 in a row by non-U.S.-born acts (with Rihanna from Barbados and Drake, from Canada), while this week marks the record-extending 41st straight week that non-Americans have led the Hot 100.
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As for more Beatles, Carey and Rihanna: Rihanna has now spent 60 total weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with her 14 leaders, passing the Beatles for the second-most weeks at No. 1 all time. Here is an updated look at the acts that have logged the most time atop the Hot 100 since the chart’s 1958 inception:
79 weeks, Mariah Carey
60 weeks, Rihanna
59 weeks, The Beatles
50 weeks, Boyz II Men
47 weeks, Usher
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“Work,” down 9 percent in overall chart points, narrowly stays atop the Hot 100 over Desiigner’s “Panda,” which pounces 5-2 (up 27 percent). The rapper’s debut hit also takes over atop Streaming Songs (2-1) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (4-1), with 28.5 million overall domestic streams (up 28 percent) and 12.9 million on-demand clicks (up 26 percent) (and with roughly two-thirds of its Hot 100 points from streaming). More than half (53 percent) of the song’s streams are from non-Vevo YouTube views, as no official video for the track has yet been released, although an official clip is in the works, according to Def Jam.
“Panda” also soars 9-4 on Digital Songs (87,000, up 23 percent, good for the Hot 100’s top Digital Gainer award); is the week’s top debut on Radio Songs at No. 32 (34 million, up 34 percent); and spends a second week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart.
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Lukas Graham‘s “7 Years” drops to No. 3 on the Hot 100 after three weeks at its No. 2 high. The single from the Danish pop band, fronted by Lukas Graham Forchhammer, keeps at No. 2 on Digital Songs (101,000, down 20 percent) and No. 3 on Streaming Songs (17.7 million, down 1 percent) but continues to grow in airplay, rising 7-4 on Radio Songs (107 million, up 19 percent).
Meghan Trainor‘s “No” descends to No. 4 from its No. 3 Hot 100 peak. Still, she adds a rewarding consolation prize: Rascal Flatts tops Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “I Like the Sound of That,” which she co-wrote before breaking through with her own 2014 eight-week Hot 100 No. 1 “All About That Bass.” Having Rascal Flatts record “Sound” was Trainor’s “biggest dream come true,” she beamed in her first interview with Billboard in 2014.
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Zayn’s former No. 1-debuting “Pillowtalk” dips 4-5 on the Hot 100, while two tracks reach new peaks: Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” climbs 8-6, matching the peak of his prior top 10, his debut hit “Cooler Than Me,” in 2010, and Fifth Harmony’s first top 10, “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, leaps 9-7.
Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” drops 6-8 on the Hot 100 after topping the chart for two (nonconsecutive) weeks. Still, it spends a 10th week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (141 million, down 2 percent) and grants Bieber history: it has spent its first 22 weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10, dating to its debut at No. 4 on the Dec. 5 chart. With its latest week in the region, “Love Yourself” breaks the record for the most consecutive weeks logged in the top 10 from a song’s debut, passing his two prior singles from his album Purpose, as well as two other tracks.
Here is an updated look at the songs to debut in the Hot 100’s top 10 and remain in the tier for the most consecutive weeks:
22 weeks, “Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber (2015-16)
21 weeks, “Sorry,” Bieber (2015-16)
21 weeks, “What Do You Mean?,” Bieber (2015-16)
21 weeks, “Sugar,” Maroon 5 (2015)
21 weeks, “Starships,” Nicki Minaj (2012)
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, DNCE‘s debut single “Cake by the Ocean” returns to the bracket and its peak (12-9); and G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha’s “Me, Myself & I” holds at No. 10 after hitting No. 7 (and crowns Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart for a second week).
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Beyond the Hot 100’s top 10, and as he stays atop the chart thanks to his featured role on “Work,” Drake jumps 21-13 in his second week with “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla. The track roars 4-1 on Digital Songs (119,000, up 14 percent), becoming Drake’s seventh leader on the list, and dethrones his own “Pop Style,” featuring The Throne (a.k.a. Jay Z and Kanye West) (1-5; 85,000, down 34 percent). Drake is the first artist to replace himself with consecutive No. 1s on Digital Songs since Jordan Smith, the latest winner of NBC’s The Voice, who led successively with “Somebody to Love” and “Mary Did You Know” in December and January. “Dance” wins top Digital and Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100, as it also enters Radio Songs at No. 34 (33 million in airplay audience).
Find out more notable news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column to post later this week. And visit Billboard.com on Tuesday, 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 (April 22).