While Sam seethes, it becomes evident yet again that the Rihanna reign simply will not let up.
For, after the Bajan beauty delivered a critically acclaimed vocal showing of her Paul McCartney & Kanye West-assisted hit ‘FourFiveSeconds’ at the 2015 Grammy Awards, she joined Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith as having the week’s top sales gains as a result of the showing.
Blasting right into the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 not even a month after the tune’s release, Ri’s latest traipse into the chart’s upper rankings not only sees her threaten another slew of legendary Hot 100 stats, but also sees her three steps away from adding her name to history books for another singles’ accomplishment.
Get the full Hot 100 chart check below:
As if zooming to #1 spot on the ‘Hot R&B/Hip-Hop’ charts wasn’t enough, Ri/Ye/Paul find themselves inhabiting the #6 spot on the Hot 100. Notching the songstress her 26th top 10 entry, ‘FourFiveSeconds’ puts her one step closer to the singles’ record of R&B/pop legends Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson, who lead the pack of female artists of color with 27 and 28 top 10 hits respectively.
Already surpassing Whitney Houston and Jackson’s #1’s tally, if Ri, 26, notches just three more titles in the chart’s upper dectet of tunes she will enter history books with the most top 10 singles of any female artist of color and will be second only – in line of females overall – to Madonna‘s historic 38 listings (which is almost the most of any artist in history).
Elsewhere on charts, Bruno Mars’ swinging ‘Uptown Funk’ tune keeps its tight grip on the #1 spot and, as of today, sees Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ as its only real threat of dethronement. While Ri and co. may change that soon, check out the Hot 100 as it is for the week:
Billboard Hot 100
1. Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
2. Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
3. Hozier – ‘Take Me to Church’
4. Maroon 5 – ‘Sugar’
5. Taylor Swift – ‘Blank Space’
6. Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West – ‘FourFiveSeconds’
7. Meghan Trainor – ‘Lips Are Moving’
8. Sam Smith – ‘I’m Not the Only One’
9. Ellie Goulding – ‘Love Me Like You Do’
10. Taylor Swift – ‘Shake It Off’