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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Rihanna Resigns From #1 After 9 Weeks

'Panda' Pounces To Top of Singles Chart

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After an impressive 9 consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100, Rihanna‘s 14th #1 single – ‘Work’ – has finally taken a bow from the tally’s perch.  Dethroned by Desiigner‘s ‘Panda,’ the song’s 9 frame reign fell just one week short of matching her personal best (see:  2011’s ‘We Found Love’ which was on top for 10 consecutive weeks).

However, fans shouldn’t worry for too long.  For, as ‘Work’ works its way down the charts, the swift ascension of its successor, ‘Needed Me,’ may see Rih back on top before she knows it.  Until then, check out this week’s full chart check – singles edition:

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Prince Blocks Rihanna’s Return To #1

Late Pop Icon Blasts To #1 On Strength of One Day Sales

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Given the send off a music royal of his stature deserves, Princewho passed away unexpectedly last week (April 21) – has jumped to the top of the Billboard album charts with his ‘greatest hits’ project.

Also occupying the #2 spot with his magnum opus ‘Purple Rain,’ Prince’s reign over the Billboard 200 is all the more impressive considering the lack of streaming availability afforded his projects.  In other words, if it was as widely available as its nearest competitors, the damage he would’ve done to charts this week would almost be unfathomable.

Alas, with a whopping 179,000 and 69,000 equivalent albums moved respectively (all on the last day of tallying last week), the sets hop over the week’s previously projected competitors for #1 & #2Rihanna‘s ‘Anti’ and Sturgill Simpson‘s ‘Sailor’s Guide To Earth’ – for the wins.

Leave it to Prince to go out on top.  Tuck in below to check out this week’s full chart check:

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Behind The Scenes: Rihanna – ‘Needed Me’ Video

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This week saw Rihanna draw the curtain back on her latest video – ‘Needed Me.’

The model’s attempt at the cinematic (which once again saw her bare breasts) received a polarising response from fans and critics alike. A pattern, it seems, with the music an visual output from her eighth studio album ‘ANTI.’

Want to know how the latest RiRi clip was pieced together? Watch a behind the scenes look after the jump…

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Rihanna Ties Aretha Franklin’s Hot 100 Record

Pop Princess Set To Unseat Queen of Soul on Billboard's 'All-Time' List

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While music’s supreme diva Aretha Franklin will forever reign as the ‘Queen of Soul,’ her current reign as the queen of the Billboard Hot 100 is finding itself threatened by a school of relative newcomers – Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and, now, Rihanna.

While Swift and Minaj are quickly on the trail of Franklin’s record for “most entries of any female artist” (Franklin leads with 73 total), the ‘Shake It Off’ country pop singer – by her lonesome – has surpassed Franklin’s historic top 40 record.  With 49 top 40 entries, Taylor is now tied for the “all-time” top spot (among female artists) with Queen of Pop Madonna.

But, before she gets too comfortable on the perch, she is soon to be joined by songbird Rihanna’s surpassing of the legendary ‘Respect’ singer. For, after besting some of the Hot 100 records set by Whitney Houston, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Mariah Carey, it appears Riri has Rere in her sights.  Courtesy of her latest hit, ‘Needed Me,’ the Bajan beauty is set to close the gap between herself and Swift.

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Watch: Rihanna Tributes Prince With ‘Diamonds’ Performance

Diva Latest To Salute Music Icon

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Rihanna joined the mass of music lovers mourning the untimely death of Pop superstar Prince – who passed away yesterday aged 57.

During the latest ‘ANTI World Tour’ concert, the 28-year-old paid homage to the late legend, saluting him for his trailblazing successes which carved the paths of so many.

The star dedicated her performance of 2012 chart-topper ‘Diamonds’ to the incomparable icon.

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Billboard 200: Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ Set To Return To #1 Next Week

Singer Continues To Ignite Debate About Power of 'Streaming' Vs. Traditional Sales

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Though already reigning over the Hot 100 with her hit ‘Work,’ ‘Kiss It Better’ beauty Rihanna could be kissing the top spot of the Billboard 200 ‘hello’ yet again next week with its parent ‘Anti.’

Clocking what would be its third non-consecutive week atop the tally, the album – once predicted as doomed by critics and even some fans – is seeing new life breathed into it courtesy of the singer’s supporting tour of the same name and recently released singles ‘Kiss’ and ‘Needed Me.’

But, before her faithful #Navy toast to their leader’s pending “Rih-turn” to #1 there, the accomplishment may be accompanied by troubling news.  Find out what we mean below:

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New Video: Rihanna – ‘Needed Me’

Third 'ANTI' Visual Unleashed / Is It A Hit Or Miss?

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Rihanna keeps her ‘ANTI’ campaign a’rolling with the newly unwrapped video for ‘Needed Me.’

Released as a dual single (together with ‘Kiss It Better’), the moody mid-tempo has managed to soar despite the so-so performance of ‘Kiss.’

Already #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 (which is currently topped by Rih’s ‘Work’), could ‘Needed’ by exactly what the Bajan sensation needs to establish another successful face to an otherwise rocky album roll-out?

Watch the cinematic video, directed by Harmony Korine, after the jump…

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