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Rihanna & Drake 'Work' Their Way To No. 1

Written By VDotNam Jones on Sunday, February 28, 2016 | 20:15

 


The song becomes Rihanna's 14th leader, lifting her past Michael Jackson for the third-most No. 1s all-time. Plus, DNCE dances into the top 10 with "Cake by the Ocean."

Rihanna's "Work," featuring Drake, reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated March 5), becoming her 14th topper, as well as Drake's second.
Meanwhile, Joe Jonas-led DNCE hits the top 10 with "Cake by the Ocean," granting him entrance to an elite club historically (keep reading…)
As we do every Monday, let's work our way through 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.

After a race for the top that was too close to call based on sales projections from industry sources and preliminary airplay and streaming data according to Nielsen Music on Friday, "Work," released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, surges 4-1 on the Hot 100 (and becomes the 1,052nd No. 1 in the chart's 57-year history).
With the ascent of "Work," Rihanna collects her 14th Hot 100 leader, upping her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, breaking a tie with Michael Jackson. Here's an updated look at the acts with the most Hot 100 No. 1s:
20, The Beatles
18, Mariah Carey
14, Rihanna
13, Michael Jackson
12, Madonna
12, The Supremes
11, Whitney Houston
10, Janet Jackson
10, Stevie Wonder
Meanwhile, Drake tallies his second Hot 100 No. 1, both in featured roles on Rihanna smashes: the tandem's "What's My Name?" topped the Nov. 20, 2010-dated Hot 100. As a lead artist, Drake has risen as high as No. 2 with "Best I Ever Had" in 2009 and "Hotline Bling" last year.
"Work" crowns Streaming Songs, roaring 4-1 with a 73 percent increase to 25.8 million streams, according to Nielsen Music, after its recent wide release on streaming services, including official and user-generated content on YouTube; with the song's official video released today, any gains from the clip's arrival will be reflected on next week's Hot 100, to be released next Monday (Feb. 29). Rihanna earns her second Streaming Songs No. 1 (following her featured turn on Eminem's "The Monster," which led the Jan. 4, 2014 list), while Drake celebrates his first Streaming Songs leader.
"Work" concurrently holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (119,000, up 5 percent), after debuting at No. 1 on the ranking three weeks ago, and lifts 13-10 on Radio Songs (76 million, up 21 percent). Rihanna posts her 24th top 10 on Radio Songs, passing Mariah Carey's 23 for the most top 10s dating to the chart's December 1990 inception. Drake tallies his 14th Radio Songs top 10. (The track wins dual top Streaming and Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a second straight week.)
"Work" additionally tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (15.1 million streams, up 16 percent) for a second week and paces Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a third (nonconsecutive) week.
Also, with Rihanna and Drake assuming the Hot 100's throne, the Barbados-born Rihanna (who celebrated her 28th birthday Saturday!) and Canadian Drake extend the record of non-U.S.-born acts leading the chart to 33 weeks. "Work" is additionally the ninth No. 1 Hot 100 in a row by non-Americans, breaking the record for the longest such streak; eight first reigned in succession in 1985).
Rihanna's new Hot 100 ruler narrowly places atop Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself," down 1-2 after two nonconsecutive weeks atop the Hot 100. Still, "Love" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, with a 5 percent increase to 151 million in weekly audience. It rises 4-3 on Digital Songs (118,000 downloads sold, up 17 percent) and dips 2-4 on Streaming Songs (16.4 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent).
Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" slips to No. 3 on the Hot 100 from its No. 2 high. The track holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (147 million, up 4 percent), while descending 3-4 on Digital Songs (although up 9 percent to 111,000) and keeping at No. 6 on Streaming Songs (13.3 million, down 1 percent). The single leads Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for a ninth week.
Bieber, pt. 2: his former three-week No. 1 "Sorry" drops 3-4 on the Hot 100. After topping Streaming Songs for eight weeks, it falls to No. 3 on the chart (16.6 million, down 7 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five for a second week, Flo Rida's "My House" remains at its No. 5 peak and dominates Digital Songs for a second frame (135,000, down 1 percent). All four of his Digital Songs No. 1s have now led for multiple weeks each, led by his first, "Low," featuring T-Pain (13 weeks, 2007-08). More good news for the Sunshine State MC: "House" climbs 11-8 on Radio Songs (80 million, up 16 percent) to become Flo Rida's eighth top 10 on the airplay list (and first since "I Cry," which reached No. 5 in 2013). On Streaming Songs, the track is steady at No. 9 (11.3 million, up 1 percent).
Zayn's "Pillowtalk" rebounds 7-6 on the Hot 100 after debuting at No. 1 two weeks ago. It rises 3-2 on Streaming Songs (17.4 million, up 3 percent) and holds at No. 5 on Digital Songs with a 20 percent burst to 103,000. It also debuts on Radio Songs at No. 36 (38 million, up 33 percent).
Adele's "Hello" retreats 6-7 on the Hot 100 after logging 10 weeks at No. 1, while parent album 25 rebounds for a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200; G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha's "Me, Myself & I" stays at its best rank (No. 8), while ruling Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart for a third week; and, The Chainsmokers "Roses," featuring Rozes, holds at No. 9 on the Hot 100 after rising to No. 6 and commands Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a ninth week.

One song enters the Hot 100's top 10, and it sends Joe Jonas into elite territory in terms of chart history, as DNCE ascends 11-10 with its debut hit "Cake by the Ocean." The song scales all three main Hot 100 component charts, lifting 14-11 on Streaming Songs (10 million, up 10 percent) and makes twin 17-14 bumps on Digital Songs (52,000, up 23 percent) and Radio Songs (62 million, up 8 percent).
As "Cake" rises, DNCE frontman Jonas achieves a rare triple: he's now earned Hot 100 top 10s as a soloist and with two groups. Before DNCE, he tallied two top 10 hits in 2008 as part of Jonas Brothers ("Burnin' Up" and "Tonight"). The same year, he was listed individually (apart from the sibling group, although with Demi Lovato) on the Camp Rock soundtrack single "This Is Me," which rose to No. 9.
Among other acts that have shown such versatility, scoring top 10s on their own and with at least two other acts, Jimmy Page notably has earned one solo top 10 (as featured on Puff Daddy's "Come With Me," a No. 4 hit in 1998), along with top 10s with three other bands: the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and the Honeydrippers.
Paul McCartney stands out prominently, having tallied 34 top 10s with the Beatles; 14 with Wings; and, 17 solo (apart from Wings billings and including pairings with, among others, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and, most recently, Rihanna and Kanye West on last year's No. 4-peaking "FourFiveSeconds"). Other acts with Hot 100 top 10s solo and with two groups each: Paul Carrack (Ace, Mike + the Mechanics), Johnny Gill (New Edition, LSG) and Donny Osmond (the Osmonds, Donny & Marie).
(More Hot 100 history related to DNCE's sweet success: it's just the second song with "Cake" in its title to hit the top 10, joining AWB's "Cut the Cake," which reached No. 10 in 1975. It's the first top 10 with "Ocean" in its name; the previous such highest-peaking hit, Toad the Wet Sprocket's "Walk on the Ocean," sailed to No. 18 in 1993.)
Just outside the Hot 100's top 10, multiple songs rise to new best ranks, including Charlie Puth's "One Call Away" (15-12), Adele's "When We Were Young" (20-14) and Lukas Graham's "7 Years" (35-20).
Find out more noteworthy news in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column to post later this week. And, visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 24), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday.


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