Rihanna Ties Aretha Franklin’s Hot 100 Record

Published: Friday 22nd Apr 2016 by Rashad
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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.

Get the details inside:

Via Billboard:

[‘Needed Me’], Rihanna‘s R&B/hip-hop and rhythmic radio follow-up to “Work,” climbs 47-33 on the Hot 100, becoming her 43rd top 40 Hot 100 hit.

80, Elvis Presley
68, Lil Wayne
57, Elton John
51, Glee Cast
50, the Beatles
49, Madonna
49, Taylor Swift
47, Drake
46, Stevie Wonder
44, James Brown
43, Aretha Franklin
43, Jay Z
43, Rihanna

Should Rihanna nab another top 40 hit in her career (which she undoubtedly will), she will not only surpass mentor Jay Z‘s top 40 record, but she will enter history books with the title of “most top 40 hits of any female of color.”

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  1. Nicky April 22, 2016

    Lmaooooooo! Victory!!!!!!!!!!!

    These HIVe stand need to take a seat bc Rihanna’s reign in her flop era has not let up yet. Lmfaooooooo!!!!!

    How can one not do a lick of promotion and still break records?!!! Give away 1.4 million and still top the charts 3 months later?

    Lmaooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! She’s almost at 2.4 million purchased albums WW lmfaoooooo!!!!!!!

    • HailBeysus April 22, 2016

      I see the Slavi still hasn’t stopped lying just like their fav! She did not give aeay 1.4 million copies. She gave away 1 million. She hasn’t promoted this album my ass! She been promoting Anti all last year kiii!!! Anti also did SELL 2.4 million worldwide. JUST STAWP THE LIES SIS!

      • HailBeysus April 22, 2016

        *did not

  2. HailBeysus April 22, 2016


    • rosy3 April 22, 2016

      You know what hailbeysus I respect you for giving rih a compliment for that I’m going to watch bey hbo special and navy let us support bey this weekend I love me some blu ivy I need a glimps

    • Datredd23 April 22, 2016

      Puma fur slides sold out in 10 mins!

      • HailBeysus April 22, 2016


  3. DIABETIC STROKE April 22, 2016


  4. DIABETIC STROKE April 22, 2016

    So she gave away 1 mill in the US which sumhow hindered sales (4 btw leaked for with no hits yet sold 1.5 million) yet that doesnt explain why anti has floped and is flopping in EVERY other country it was released to. When adele & Bey droped they went #1 on itunes in 110+ countries, roh only half that amout yet still digital queen. Whom has only sold LESS than 800k world wide. It wont hit 900k till xmas lol

    • HailBeysus April 22, 2016

      Kiii read Frihanna for blood sis!!!
      I never thought about it that way. Whats the Slavi’s excuse for Anti flopping over seas? I mean she gave away 1 million copies in the States. What about the rest of the world. I mean that is where the majority of her albums are sold. 10m U.S and 20m ww = 30m WW!

  5. Molly April 22, 2016

    Taylor, Rihanna, and Drake leaders of the new school.

  6. RihannaIsMadonna April 22, 2016

    Also DEATH!!! At Work reigning 9 weeks in the US w no tv promo but the Brit Awards in the UK

  7. Jamie April 22, 2016

    Who tf cares…she’ll never get the respect. She’ll never measure up to those who came before her. She still can’t sing, dance, and she still lacks stage presence. I wouldn’t want my record label buying s*** for me so I’d appear relevant.

    • #JACKIE April 22, 2016

      Drag bih!??

      • Truth(honey Adel is a has been like nicki) April 22, 2016


  8. IStan4Rihanna. April 22, 2016



    This generation’s Hot 100 Queen.


    Congratulations Rih. I hope ‘ANTI’ is able to retake the #1 spot next week even though ‘WORK’ won’t be at the top spot because of ‘PANDA’. Either way, I’m ready for “Needed Me” to dominate now. 😉

  9. #JACKIE April 22, 2016

    Singles queen.

  10. HailBeysus April 22, 2016

    The fact Basic Swift sits pretty with 49 from 4 albums. I predict this lol white bitxh will be at the top by the time her popularity dies. She the true digita queen, if she would just release her music to all streaming platforms.

    • HailBeysus April 22, 2016


  11. Nicky April 22, 2016

    Lmaooooo@ hive lying.

    It was 1.4million. Do your research lmfaoooooooo !!!!!!!!!

    According to UWC it’s at 900k WW. Add those two. 2.5 million lmfaoooooooooooo

    After 3 months!! Lmaooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Nicky April 22, 2016

    Not to mention Work adding more smashing single sales WW. Lmfaoooooo!!!!!!!

  13. Nicky April 22, 2016

    2.3 million********

  14. Nicky April 22, 2016

    Victory is so sweet!!!!! Lmaoooo!!!! She hasn’t lifted a finger to promote. Lmaoooo!!!

    No Super Bowl. No SNL. No gimmicks. Only a Brit performance.


    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 April 22, 2016

      No Super Bowl because she wasn’t invited

  15. HailBeysus April 22, 2016

    Kiii the Slavi still lying!!!

    Apr 20
    Chart News ‏@chartnews
    WW sales: @rihanna, ANTI 33,000 (801,000 total).
    Oop CLOCKED!!

  16. pat April 22, 2016

    she’s the queen of hits for her generation…no denying that

  17. DIABETIC STROKE April 22, 2016

    @hailbeysus lol i didnt know anti was still selling even that much. In that case i think anti will actually sell 1 mill ww in ACTUAL pure sales. Even if it takes months to do it. Kiii congrats tho

    • HailBeysus April 22, 2016

      Lmfao!!! CiManEra should take notes! Rihanna still somehow slaying with a flop album! What kinda Flopping slayage!?!?!?

  18. Taylor swifts number 1 fan!!! April 22, 2016

    Taylot swift is a true legend, up there with the best!

  19. King Mark111 /.\ April 22, 2016

    Like i said, Rihanna has legends in her crosshairs. 🙂

  20. Datredd23 April 22, 2016

    Puma fur slides are soldout in 10 mins!

  21. Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? April 22, 2016

    Congrats H**.

  22. B2B April 22, 2016

    Damn Glee slay a bit

  23. Career Ender April 22, 2016

    Basic. Lazy. Uninspiring

  24. Carmen April 22, 2016

    And? Shes all smoke and mirrors. She is a singles artist she’s a Flo rida on a bigger scale. Unlike legends who are all rounders nothing else about her is impressive.

  25. Adeles flip phone. April 22, 2016

    Where’s Beyonce?

  26. The One April 22, 2016

    It’s sad to see those legends who had/have so much God given talent have to share with the likes of Rihanna and Taylor Swift!
    Just shows you don’t need talent anymore, and that’s why awards shows are so dry and unoriginal nowadays!

  27. La Perra April 22, 2016

    The legend of our generation.

  28. Vonc2002 April 23, 2016

    Another day, another record. “A singles artist” with EVERY album certified and 7 of those being platinum or more LMAO

  29. JOHNVIDAL April 23, 2016

    LOL A joke.
    Thanks streaming and cheap digital singles era for this! LOL
    Where are her big album sales at any point of her career though (not just now)? LMAO Where is the respect for her “art” and “talent” LOL Yeah I know 🙂

  30. MAnnyG April 23, 2016

    When “Needed Me” becomes Rihanna’s 14th #1 single, Folks are gonna be real Mad. Rihanna is the Queen! Beyonce can keep sipping her lemonade, drinking watermelon and pouring her hot sauce. LOL!

  31. zeroing Tran uk anti bloper honioey love but it okay girl April 26, 2016

    It need to be a remix to the song

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