What, How, Why? Rihanna’s “Work” Tops The Hot 100 Again

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Rihanna’s lead ANTi single sits pretty at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week.

We love us some Riri, but how the word-slurring, awkwardly repetitive dance track remains the biggest song in the U.S. is beyond us. In the last week, it received 44.4 million U.S. streams remains atop the charts. “Work” is the Barbados beauty’s 14th No. 1 song, giving her the third most No. 1s ever only surpassed by The Beatles with 20 No. 1s and Mariah Carey with 18.

The numbers via Billboard:

As noted last week, when “Work” drew 46.5 million streams, only two titles have scored higher weekly streaming sums: Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” (which peaked with 103 million domestic streams, driven primarily by user-generation videos including the track’s audio; March 2, 2013) and Adele’s “Hello” (61.6 million; Nov. 14, 2015). (Also note that while the official “Work” video includes two plays of the song, each click counts as one stream for chart tabulation purposes.)

“Work” also tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (19 million, up 5 percent) for a fourth frame. It dips to No. 2 after two weeks atop Digital Songs (154,000 downloads sold, down 9 percent) and lifts 5-4 on Radio Songs (104 million in airplay audience, up 16 percent), adding top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a fourth week.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece By Piece” song flies into the Hot 100 this week, coming in at No. 8 following her emotional performance on American Idol. The album, also titled Piece By Piece, debuted on the 200 chart at No. 6.

Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” debuted at No. 12, tying their highest Hot 100 position.

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