Life handed Rihanna a ‘Lemon’ so she made Billboard history.
The Grammy-winning songstress, who managed to make major moves on Billboard charts in 2017 despite the year being one of the least musically active of her storied career, is seeing the trend spill over into 2018 thanks to her assistance on N.E.R.D.‘s comeback tune.
Though greeted with critical acclaim for Rih’s rapping, the song wasn’t exactly making the biggest dent on charts at its onset. But, as the age old adage goes, ‘slow and steady wins the race.’ Easily classified a sleeper hit, the cut already slowly, but surely rising in Billboard rankings weekly. However, that rise was given just the extra boost it needed when ‘Vogue’ magazine tapped tennis star Serena Williams to create a dance video to the tune.
The result? ‘Lemon’ leaped into the top 40 this week! Details inside:
Most Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hits All Time
80, Elvis Presley
71, Lil Wayne
57, Elton John
55, Taylor Swift
51, Glee Cast
50, The Beatles
Congratulations are certainly in order to the Bajan beauty. With this achievement she becomes the first and only woman of color to have 50 top 40 hits. Among women overall she is second only to Taylor Swift (who currently has 55 top 40 entries to her credit).