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Rihanna’s song “Work” featuring Drake is now in it’s ninth week in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, allowing her to take over The Beatles’ spot as the artist who’s spent the second-most total weeks at the top. “Work” is Rihanna’s second biggest hit since 2011’s “We Found Love,” which held the number one spot for ten weeks. The song is still so popular, in fact, that she just performed it at Coachella’s closing performance alongside Calvin Harris over the weekend.
“Work” is a catchy song (like it or not) that showcases Rihanna’s native Barbados roots. The video opens on a dance hall party with some 420 party goers, including Drake and Rihanna’s best friends, Melissa Forde and Jen Rosales.
Overall this brings Rihanna’s time in the number one spot to 60 weeks, which surpasses The Beatles’ 59. She is also creeping on up on Mariah Carey’s U.S. record of 79 weeks. The only other artist who has been there is Elvis, who also held 79 weeks, but that was before the Billboard charts existed. No one else has really come close. Rihanna has a ways to go to officially pass Mariah, but it seems totally possible since she doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Rihanna’s current album ANTI is presently holding the number five spot on the Billboard 200. “Work” could get bumped out of the number one spot soon, however, since the current number two song, “Panda,” by Desiigner is gaining a lot of momentum.
Rihanna’s next singles off ANTI will be “Kiss It Better” and “Needed Me,” so it will be interesting as usual to see how those songs measure up.