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“Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Tiller, blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 4 (following its June 16 release). It starts at No. 2 on both Digital Song Sales (89,000 sold) and Streaming Songs (36.3 million) and No. 23 on Radio Songs (42 million), marking the highest-ever debut on the lattermost list for Khaled, Rihanna and Tiller and the best by any act since Meghan Trainor’s “No” began at No. 21 on March 26, 2016.

“Thoughts,” from Khaled’s new album, Grateful, released Friday (June 23), and which samples Santana’s “Maria Maria,” a 10-week Hot 100 No. 1 (featuring The Product G&B) in 2000, marks Rihanna’s 31st top 10, the third-best total dating to the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, launch. Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most Hot 100 top 10s:

38, Madonna
34, The Beatles
31, Rihanna
29, Michael Jackson (as a soloist)
28, Stevie Wonder

RiRi also brings a female act back to the region after a 12-week drought.

As DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, launches at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 8), a female artist ranks in the top five after a 12-week break. Rihanna is the first woman to crash the top five since Taylor Swift, whose “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” with Zayn, placed at No. 3 (after peaking at No. 2) on the chart dated April 8.

How long had it previously been since no women ranked in the Hot 100’s top five for at least 12 consecutive weeks?

First, this year’s 12-week break marks the longest gap of no solo women in the top five in nearly 35 years: From the charts dated June 12 through Sept. 11, 1982, no female soloists ranked in the bracket for 14 straight weeks. Still, two hits in that span belonged to groups with women singing lead: The Human League’s No. 1 “Don’t You Want Me” and Fleetwood Mac’s No. 4-peaking “Hold Me.”

But, the last time that women were entirely absent from the Hot 100’s top five for at least 12 weeks before the interlude between Swift and Rihanna? Nearly 45 years ago. From charts dated Aug. 19 through Nov. 11, 1972, women ceded the top five to male soloists or all-male groups for 13 weeks in a row. After Roberta Flack’s “Where Is the Love,” with Donny Hathaway, spent its lone week peaking at No. 5 that Aug. 12, the top five was fully a boys club until — somewhat appropriately — Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” roared 8-4 that Nov. 18, on its way to No. 1.

The 12-week break of women in the top five until the latest Hot 100 is further evidence that men are dominating Billboard charts in 2017. On the April 29-dated Hot 100, no women ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 1984. Plus, “Wild Thoughts” is just the seventh top five Hot 100 hit this year by a female artist (sporting either lead or featured billing). That’s out of 23 total top fives, or a share of 30 percent — the total is down from 35 percent of all top five songs through this point in 2016; 39 percent in 2015; and 40 percent in 2014. (Rihanna is the only female artist with two top five Hot 100 hits in 2017; her “Love on the Brain” reached No. 5 in March.)

Still, streaks of hits by men and women can be cyclical, as it was as recent as late 2014/early 2015 that women tied the longest span of Hot 100 No. 1s by solo females: 19 weeks in a row (thanks to two leaders by Swift sandwiched around one by Meghan Trainor).

Meanwhile, on the Billboard 200 albums chart, while women missed the No. 1 target for 31 consecutive weeks until the past three weeks, marking the longest streak of no women atop the chart since a 34-week run in 2004-05 (between reigns by Ashlee Simpson and Mariah Carey), they’ve since reclaimed the throne, thanks to consecutive No. 1 debuts by Halsey, Katy Perry and, this week, Lorde.

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Dave Chappelle has been tapped to host Rihanna’s third annual Diamond Ball on Sept. 14. The black-tie fundraising gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York will also feature a performance by Kendrick Lamar on a night dedicated to raising money for the Clara Lionel Foundation, an education, health and emergency response organization founded in 2012 by the singer, in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

“I’m thrilled that the incomparable Dave Chappelle will kick things off as the official host of this year’s Diamond Ball and Kendrick Lamar will take the stage for an unforgettable performance,” Rihanna said in a statement announcing this year’s talent. “I’m proud of the Clara Lionel Foundation’s significant impact in the world over the years and deeply grateful for the continued support and commitment to advancing our mission.”

Past Diamond Balls have featured live sets from Rihanna and Lionel Richie, as well as hosts Brad Pitt and Kevin Hart. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support the foundation’s work on “innovative education projects and scholarships, healthcare programs and local micro grants.”

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Check out behind the scenes of “Wild Thoughts” music video shot in Miami, featuring DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. For 4K screen caps, head over to our gallery!

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Rihanna announced the winner of the ‘Young Fashion Designer’ : LVMH Prize 2017 Edition in the presence of jury members including Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi, Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Loewe artistic director Jonathan Anderson, Céline’s Phoebe Philo and Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim in Paris on June 16th.

Arriving in a Christian Dior dress from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s western-themed Resort collection, Rihanna brought an upbeat energy to the ceremony. She was all smiles as she handed the award to French designer Marine Serre, radiating laidback chic with her white eyelet dress unbuttoned to show a hint of her tattoos and her black bolero tilted to the side.

Rihanna underscored the finalists’ achievement. “Art has no walls or boundaries and is a force that cannot be ignored. It should be defended with courage and confidence. That is what we’re celebrating today,” she said.

“Hard work and a unique drive to create is why you’re all here, and this spectacular achievement in a rising career is what the LVMH Prize stands for. I want you to know that we are honoring all of your brilliant talents today, and making it here is only the beginning of a long and extraordinary journey.

“You designers are the future of fashion and I applaud you. From the bottom of my heart, congratulations, and don’t ever forget what you love, what inspires you and what has brought you this far,” said the singer, who has worn designs by previous winners Jacquemus and Marques’ Almeida.

Rihanna continued her evening in the beautiful city by dining at Ferdi restaurant, check out photos in our candids gallery.

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DJ Khaled has released his brand new song “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. In addition to the new music, he also released the music video which was shot in Miami only a week ago.

Listen to “Wild Thoughts” on iTunes, Tidal or Spotify and watch the music video above. Make sure to visit our gallery for HD screen captures!

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