Rihanna’s “Work” becomes her 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.
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
13, Michael Jackson
12, The Supremes
11, Whitney Houston
10, Janet Jackson
10, Stevie Wonder
“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.