By request we’ve made HD screen captures of Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better” performance at the 2016 Made In America Festival. We’ve also thrown in a few gifs, check it all out in our gallery and after the jump!
“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.
Only Madonna has more all-time.
Rihanna racks her 29th career topper on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated April 8), as “Sex With Me” storms 3-1. Although a midtempo number in its original form, “Sex” sauntered into clubland via remixes from John Blake, MK and Ray Rhodes, among others.
In the race for the most No. 1s in the chart’s 40-year history, Rihanna remains second only to Madonna, who has earned a record 46. Late last year, Rihanna was honored as the No. 3 Dance Club Artist in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time recap of Dance Club Songs’ first 40 years.
“Sex” is the fifth leader from Rihanna’s album ANTI, following “Work” (featuring Drake, April 23, 2016), “Kiss It Better” (Aug. 6, 2016), “Needed Me” (Aug. 20, 2016), and “Love on the Brain” (Jan. 21, 2017). Amid that run, Rihanna, featured on Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” also rolled to No. 1 last July 9. That track enjoyed a rare two-week stay at the top while on its way to becoming the No. 1 song of 2016.
Rihanna is the first artist to bank as many as five No. 1s from an album since Katy Perry also landed five from PRISM in 2013-14. And, in the span since “Work” went to No. 1, Rihanna has scored six leaders, while no other act has churned out more than two.
Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here’s an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:
19, Janet Jackson
17, Mariah Carey
16, Kristine W
16, Jennifer Lopez
16, Katy Perry
15, Donna Summer
14, Dave Aude
14, Enrique Iglesias
14, Lady Gaga
13, Whitney Houston
13, Kylie Minogue
Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” has reached the top five on Billboard Hot 100, becoming her 22nd top five hit! “Love on the Brain” bumps 6-5 on the Hot 100, hitting a new peak. The song is Rihanna’s 22nd top five hit, breaking her out of a fifth-place tie with Elvis Presley (who tallied 21 top fives after the Hot 100’s 1958 inception; his career predates the Hot 100, as he first hit Billboard charts in 1956). The only artists with more top five Hot 100 hits than Rihanna:
The Beatles (29)
Mariah Carey (26)
Janet Jackson (24)
Airplay continues to drive the ballad most heavily, as it keeps at No. 3 on Radio Songs (107 million, essentially even week-over-week).
With “Love on the Brain,” Rihanna joins Madonna (38) and The Beatles (34) as the only acts with at least 30 Hot 100 top 10s all time.
As previously reported, Rihanna rumbles 13-8 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated March 4) with “Love on the Brain,” marking her milestone 30th top 10. Dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception, only Madonna, with 38, and The Beatles, with 34, boast more.
Rihanna breaks a tie for third place with Michael Jackson, who’s tallied 29 top 10s, as a soloist.
Notably, Rihanna sports the second-fastest accumulation of 30 Hot 100 top 10s (from an act’s first-ever week in the region to the first week in the tier with its 30th). Having first hit the top 10 with “Pon De Replay” on the July 16, 2005-dated chart, she needed 10 years, seven months and two weeks to tally 30 top 10s. Only The Beatles hit the landmark more quickly, from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Something,” over a span of just five years, nine months and two weeks (Jan. 25, 1964-Nov. 8, 1969).
While she’s the leader for the most Hot 100 top 10s, Madonna took 12 years, eight months and two weeks from her first top 10, “Borderline,” to her 30th, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (June 16, 1984-March 1, 1997; thus, with the latest Hot 100 dated March 4, 2017, we last celebrated an act reaching 30 top 10 hits 20 years ago to the week).
Rihanna’s 30 Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s. Title, Peak Pos. Peak Date.
“Pon De Replay,” No. 2, 7/30/2005
“SOS,” No. 1 (three weeks), 5/13/2006
“Unfaithful,” No. 6, 7/22/2006
“Break It Off” (with Sean Paul), No. 9, 3/17/2007
“Umbrella” (feat. Jay Z), No. 1 (seven weeks), 6/9/2007
“Hate That I Love You” (feat. Ne-Yo), No. 7, 12/22/2007
“Don’t Stop the Music,” No. 3, 2/16/2008
“Take a Bow,” No. 1 (one week), 5/24/2008
“Disturbia,” No. 1 (two weeks), 8/23/2008
“Live Your Life” (T.I. feat. Rihanna), No. 1 (six weeks), 10/18/2008
“Run This Town” (with Jay Z & Kanye West), No. 2, 10/3/2009
“Russian Roulette,” No. 9, 11/21/2009
“Hard” (feat. Jeezy), No. 8, 1/30/2010
“Rude Boy,” No. 1 (five weeks), 3/27/2010
“Love the Way You Lie” (Eminem feat. Rihanna), No. 1 (seven weeks), 7/31/2010
“Only Girl (In the World),” No. 1 (one week), 12/4/2010
“What’s My Name?,” (feat. Drake), No. 1 (one week), 11/20/2010
“S&M” (feat. Britney Spears), No. 1 (one week), 4/30/2011
“Cheers (Drink to That),” No. 7, 10/8/2011
“We Found Love” (feat. Calvin Harris), No. 1 (10 weeks), 11/12/2011
“Take Care” (Drake feat. Rihanna), No. 7, 3/24/2012
“Where Have You Been,” No. 5, 7/7/2012
“Diamonds,” No. 1 (three weeks), 12/1/2012
“Stay” (feat. Mikky Ekko), No. 3, 3/2/2013
“The Monster” (Eminem feat. Rihanna), No. 1 (four weeks), 12/21/2013
“FourFiveSeconds” (with Kanye West & Paul McCartney), No. 4, 2/28/2015
“Work” (feat. Drake), No. 1 (nine weeks), 3/5/2016
“Needed Me,” No. 7, 7/2/2016
“This Is What You Came For” (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna), No. 3, 8/6/2016
“Love on the Brain,” No. 8 (to date), 3/4/2017
Yesterday marked a year since Rihanna’s most anticipated album ANTI released. We celebrated the #ANTiversary by sharing the best moments from the era and finished the day by listening to the entire album together. Rihanna shared some photos herself, from the making of ANTI and added a very emotional caption:
Looking back to 1 year ago…. I released my most anticipated album to date #ANTi ….When I started making this album I never would have imagined how much of a challenge the process would be. I was evolving in the midst of making a body of art that was supposed to reflect who I was in that moment, yet it was the very answer I didn’t have! I was numb for a while…numb to all the bullshit and numb to all the good shit. But I was determined not to settle for what everybody thought this should be, or when they thought it should come, or how! I stuck to it until I felt something again!
And I remember like it was yesterday, the night it happened! We rented a house in Malibu for a couple months and did MUSIC! Every room, every couch, every corner, there were musicians everywhere, the whole Fenty Corp, the best times! 1 night we vibing, TyTy made a comment, and I got super sensitive, lolol! Then I thought “hold up, did I just feel a way?? Did I just FEEL???!!” It was in that moment that I trusted myself, trusted my ear, trusted my gut, trusted the way that my music made me FEEL!!! I had no idea how it would be received, neither was that something I considered. I just wanted to make a body of work that felt right!
And to the most beautiful, loyal fans that anyone would kill to have on their team, you were right there by my side waiting (im)patiently the entire time! To have the support of so many, with the enthusiasm that we shared for Anti felt like such a reward! I cannot thank you enough for loving her the way you do! And to every single person that was a part of the process from sound to aesthetic, thank you and I cherish you! May the Glory be to God!
I actually hate long captions, I know u can’t tell but i don’t care!
The RIAA recap the 2016 Gold & Platinum Certifications, revealing songs that reached Platinum status at the and of 2016. Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” “Needed Me” and “FourFiveSeconds” earn new multi-platinum certifications, and “Kiss It Better” receives a platinum award!
Rihanna therefor extends her lead for the most RIAA digital single certifications. Four of her singles received new awards in December. “Diamonds” was certified up to 6x platinum (6 million US units), while “Needed Me” reached 4x platinum (4 million).
“FourFiveSeconds” meanwhile ascended to 3x platinum (3 million US units). The “ANTI” single “Kiss It Better,” which was not certified prior to December, was elevated to platinum status (1 million).
Each unit is equal to 1 paid download or 150 streams.