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Rihanna’s “Needed Me” rises 13-10 this week, matching Michael Jackson for the third-most top 10s in the Hot 100’s history.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Rihanna’s “Needed Me” roars 13-10 to become her 29th Hot 100 top 10. With the ascent, she ties Michael Jackson for the third-most Hot 100 top 10s, with the pair trailing only Madonna (38) and the Beatles (34).

Rihanna passes Stevie Wonder’s 28 top 10s. (She earned her 28th just a week ago, when Calvin Harris’ “This is What You Came For,” on which she’s featured, debuted at No. 9; this week, the collab drops to No. 15.) “Needed” (like “Work,” from Rihanna’s album Anti) climbs 5-4 on Streaming Songs (17.3 million, up 3 percent); backtracks 23-25 on Digital Songs (35,000, down 6 percent); and debuts on Radio Songs at No. 42 (28 million, up 21 percent).

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Watch Rihanna’s latest music video for “Needed Me”, directed by Harmony Korine.

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Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, spends a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 30), pushing her past the Beatles for the second-most total weeks spent at the summit. “Work” narrowly fends off Desiigner’s “Panda,” which surges 5-2 on the Hot 100 and tops the Streaming Songs chart.

“Work,” released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, drops to No. 2 on the Streaming Songs chart after eight weeks at No. 1, with 26 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent, in the week ending April 14, according to Nielsen Music. It falls 3-6 on Radio Songs (97 million in all-format airplay audience, down 13 percent), after reaching No. 2 on the list, and descends 12-13 on Digital Songs (52,000 downloads sold, down 18 percent), which it led for two weeks. Still, “Work” tops Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for an 11th (nonconsecutive) week.

As reported when the song reached the top, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 No. 1, placing her in a solo share of the third-most all-time, ahead of Michael Jackson (13). The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” is the record-breaking ninth Hot 100 No. 1 in a row by non-U.S.-born acts (with Rihanna from Barbados and Drake, from Canada), while this week marks the record-extending 41st straight week that non-Americans have led the Hot 100.

As for more Beatles, Carey and Rihanna: Rihanna has now spent 60 total weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with her 14 leaders, passing the Beatles for the second-most weeks at No. 1 all time. Here is an updated look at the acts that have logged the most time atop the Hot 100 since the chart’s 1958 inception:

79 weeks, Mariah Carey
60 weeks, Rihanna
59 weeks, The Beatles
50 weeks, Boyz II Men
47 weeks, Usher

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As “Work,” featuring Drake, leads again, Rihanna matches the Fab Four’s total of 59 cumulative weeks on top. Only Mariah Carey has logged more leading frames. Plus, Desiigner darts into the top five with “Panda” and Justin Bieber ties a record.

Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, posts an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 23). With her latest frame on top, Rihanna has now tied The Beatles for the second-most total weeks spent at No. 1 (59) and trails only Mariah Carey, the leader with 79.

Plus, Desiigner earns his first Hot 100 top 10, as his debut hit “Panda” soars 14-5, and Justin Bieber matches a top 10 longevity mark (yet again).

As we do every Monday, let’s run down 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.

Just like on the Hot 100, “Work,” released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, spends an eighth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 27 million U.S. streams, down 6 percent, in the week ending April 7, according to Nielsen Music. “Work” also tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (12.4 million, down 7 percent) for a ninth frame. It dips from its No. 2 high on Radio Songs to No. 3 (112 million in airplay audience, down 7 percent) and 5-12 on Digital Songs (63,000 downloads sold, down 29 percent), which it led for two weeks.

“Work” also tops Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a 10th nonconsecutive week and Rhythmic Songs for a sixth week. It additionally rises 2-1 on Dance Club Songs, where it’s Rihanna’s 24th No. 1; only Madonna, with 46, has notched more Dance Club Songs leaders.

As reported when the song reached No. 1, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 leader, lifting her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, ahead of Michael Jackson (13). The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” is also the record-breaking ninth Hot 100 No. 1 in a row by non-U.S.-born acts (Rihanna is from Barbados and Drake, from Canada), while this week marks the record-extending 40th straight week that non-American talent has led the Hot 100.

More about The Beatles and Carey: As Rihanna has now spent 59 total weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 via her 14 leaders, she has tied The Beatles for the second-most weeks at No. 1. Here is an updated look at the acts that have spent the most time atop the Hot 100 since the chart’s 1958 inception:

79 weeks, Mariah Carey
59 weeks, Rihanna
59 weeks, The Beatles
50 weeks, Boyz II Men
47 weeks, Usher

Meanwhile, “Work” is now Rihanna’s second-longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 outright, breaking a tie with her seven-week No. 1s “Umbrella” (2007) and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” on which she’s featured (2010). Only her “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spent more time on top: 10 weeks in 2011-12.

“Work,” down 11 percent in overall chart points, stays atop the Hot 100 but with a narrower lead than last week over Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” which holds at its No. 2 peak (up less than 1 percent).

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Rihanna is nominated in the 2016 Webby Awards; the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) — a 1,000+ member judging body.

The Academy is comprised of Executive Members, leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees and other Internet professionals.

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Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, logs a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 16).

Let’s get to work. Just like we do every Monday, let’s run down 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.

As on the Hot 100, “Work,” released on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 28.8 million U.S. streams, down 9 percent, in the week ending March 31, according to Nielsen Music. “Work” also tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (13.4 million, down 7 percent) for an eighth frame. It rises 3-2, hitting a new high, on Radio Songs (120 million in airplay audience, down 1 percent), while slipping 4-5 on Digital Songs (89,000 downloads sold, up 4 percent), which it led for two weeks. “Work” tops Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a ninth nonconsecutive week.

As reported when the song reached No. 1, “Work” is Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 leader, lifting her into a solo share of the third-most No. 1s all-time, ahead of Michael Jackson (13). The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” is also the record-breaking ninth Hot 100 No. 1 in a row by non-U.S.-born acts (with Rihanna from Barbados and Drake from Canada), while this week marks the record-extending 39th straight week that non-American talent has led the Hot 100.

Speaking of The Beatles and Carey, Rihanna has now spent 58 total weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 via her 14 leaders. Rihanna is just one week away from potentially tying The Beatles (59) for the second-most weeks at No. 1; Carey leads with 79 cumulative frames at the summit. (Boyz II Men, with 50 weeks on top, and Usher, with 47, round out the top five.)

Meanwhile, thanks to “Work,” Rihanna ties her second-longest Hot 100 reign, as “Umbrella” (2007) and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” on which she’s featured (2010), also led for seven weeks each. Only her “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spent more time on top: 10 weeks in 2011-12. Rihanna additionally joins Carey as the only artists with four songs each that have led the Hot 100 for at least seven weeks. Carey established the club with a quartet of titles that all spent at least eight weeks at No. 1: “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men), 16 weeks (1995-96); “We Belong Together,” 14 (2005); “Dreamlover,” eight (1993); and “Fantasy,” eight (1995).

“Work,” down 4 percent in overall chart points, keeps atop the Hot 100 but with a narrower lead than last week over Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” which holds at its No. 2 peak (up 18 percent). The single from the Danish pop band (fronted by Lukas Graham Forchhammer) rebounds 2-1 for a third week atop Digital Songs (155,000, up 25 percent); slips 2-3 on Streaming Songs (16.7 million, up 10 percent); and hits the top 10 on Radio Songs (13-9; 79 million, up 18 percent), while adding the Hot 100’s top Digital and Airplay Gainer awards.

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kiss_it_better_closeupYesterday Rihanna released the music video for her new single, “Kiss It Better.” The four-minute clip features Rihanna set against a black background, writhing on the floor and contorting her body in ways that only she could make look easy.

Genius spoke to “Kiss It Better” director and fashion photographer Craig McDean about the one-night video shoot and how on earth Rih was able to balance a quadruple six between her legs.

How did you and Rihanna first sync up for this project?

Craig McDean: Patrick Lee from T Magazine commissioned me to shoot a cover for Rihanna. Since me and my creative partner Masha Vasyukova started Spoon Films together we decided to collaborate on a film for T and made a minute-and-a-half piece at the end of the shoot. We wanted to do something experimental, create an abstract space, and just play around with improvised props and light. And when the T video came out, Rihanna reached out to us to do her music video.

What did you think when you first heard the song? What were some of your initial ideas?

Craig McDean: We just listened to the song over and over again, and it has this beautiful pattern in it that repeats, and it reminded us of a Moebius strip—something timeless and disorienting in space, and that’s how the idea came around. We basically are constantly thinking of how to illustrate dreams into visuals and make them come life. Masha and I worked on several sets and props and thought, “How do we make it all come to life?” We were both inspired by Man Ray, French New Wave, Fellini, Cocteau, Pina Bausch, Pandora’s Box with Louise Brooks. Also, coming from photography I thought of beautiful silver prints.

What was working with Rihanna like?
Craig McDean: There was a constant dialogue with Rihanna and her wonderful and always available Ciarra Pardo [Rihanna’s creative director], juggling ideas between East and West Coast. It all came together really fast. There wasn’t even a week between the moment we got a call and the shoot day. Well, shoot night.

Did you shoot it all in one day? Where?

?Craig McDean: No, we shot it all in one night and then got on a plane to New York straight from the studio.?

Did any interesting challenges pop up during the shoot?

?Craig McDean: We had to practice the dice for a bit. It’s a hard rolling a quadruple six between your legs.

Was Rihanna cool with being on the floor the whole time?
Craig McDean: ?By the end of the night we were all on the floor and so happy. It was the most amazing time to be locked in the studio this time with Riri.? The plane ride home was a trip, and we hadn’t slept for 36 hours.

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