“Desperado” is her fifth No. 1 of 2017, seventh from “ANTI,” and 32nd total leader.
Rihanna rocks the summit of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated Oct. 14) for the fifth time in 2017, a new high in a calendar year among all acts, as “Desperado” rises 2-1. Rihanna rolls ahead of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Katy Perry, each with four No. 1s in a January-December frame at least once; Rihanna hit that mark four times (in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016).
Before “Desperado,” Rihanna led this year with “Wild Thoughts” (by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, Aug. 26); “Pose” (July 15); “Sex With Me” (April 8); and “Love on the Brain” (Jan. 21).
Below Rihanna, five acts have landed as many as two No. 1s in 2017: Dua Lipa, Austin Mahone, Tony Moran, Katy Perry and LeAnn Rimes.
“Desperado” is Rihanna’s 32nd total topper, a sum second only to Madonna’s 46 in the chart’s 41-year history. Rihanna is also gaining on Madonna’s total at an astounding rate, with nine No. 1s since Madonna last topped the chart, on Aug. 15, 2015, with “B**** I’m Madonna.” Beyonce ranks third all-time with 22 leaders.