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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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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:

46, Madonna
29, Rihanna
22, Beyonce
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
13, Ono
13, Pitbull

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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)
Madonna (28)
Mariah Carey (26)
Janet Jackson (24)
Rihanna (22)

Airplay continues to drive the ballad most heavily, as it keeps at No. 3 on Radio Songs (107 million, essentially even week-over-week).

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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

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Rihanna now has 3 Platinum Certified songs on #ANTI, with "Kiss It Better" as the new addition. Congrats @badgalriri!

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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.

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Rihanna earns her sixth No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as “Needed Me” hops 2-1 on the Sept. 24-dated list.

The crowning climb follows another No. 1 for Rihanna earlier this year with “Work,” featuring Drake, which spent 11 weeks on top, first leading the Feb. 13 chart. It’s the first time that Rihanna has placed two tracks from the same album atop the chart; both are from her most recent release, Anti. The set debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (Feb. 20) and spent four weeks at No. 1.

“Needed Me” bumps Drake from his record-breaking 18-week run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “One Dance,” featuring WizKid & Kyla. The song slides to No. 2 on the chart (which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, powered by Nielsen Music). “Needed Me” had spent the last eight weeks at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs below “One Dance.”

Rihanna takes the No. 1 slot despite an overall 2 percent decline in chart points. That said, the song is up 1 percent in streams (to 4.1 million in the week ending Sept. 8); 41 percent of its weekly clicks are from Spotify, while YouTube claims 35 percent. The song slips 11 percent in sales (to 27,000 downloads) and falls 2 percent in audience (to 80.6 million).

Rihanna’s 6 No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Title, Peak date, Weeks at No. 1
“Take a Bow,” Aug. 30, 2008, one week
“Diamonds,” Oct. 20, 2012, 14 weeks
“The Monster,” (Eminem feat. Rihanna), Nov. 16, 2013, 13 weeks
“FourFiveSeconds” (with Kanye West & Paul McCartney), Feb. 21, 2015, seven weeks
“Work,” feat. Drake, Feb. 13, 2016, 11 weeks
“Needed Me,” Sept. 24, 2016 (one week to date)

In the 11 years since Rihanna first debuted on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, on June 11, 2005, with “Pon De Replay” (which rose to No. 24), she has notched 48 total hits on the chart. She trails just two other female acts for the most appearances in that span: Nicki Minaj (71) and Beyonce (52).

Also notably, “Needed Me” took 32 weeks to hit the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs summit, completing Rihanna’s longest trip to No. 1 and the third-longest of any leader. John Legend’s “All of Me” reached No. 1 in its 35th frame in 2014, while the longest trek belongs to R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name if Love,” which became the chart’s leader in its 43rd week in 2003.

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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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