Rihanna, Drake 'Work' Spends Third Week at No. 1 as Kelly Clarkson, Lukas Graham Rise
Rihanna and Drake have another "Work" week at No. 1. For the third straight timeframe, the new ANTI single leads the charts as the most popular song in the United States, besting quickly rising hits from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and Lukas Graham.
"Work" once again tops the Hot 100, Billboard reports, marking its third week dominating pop music. As she is wont to do, Rihanna is the queen of streams after "Work" was played 44.4 million times in America this week. And though the majority of Rihanna's popularity this week is weighted by streams, she also saw notable gains in radio play with a 16 percent increase and 104 million audience members impacted.
As RiRi continues to dominate the Hot 100, two new singles are quickly rising on the charts. After a standout emotional performance on American Idol's top 10 show, Kelly Clarkson's latest single "Piece by Piece" had a massive debut at No. 8 this week. Clarkson led digital song sales with 210,000 copies of "Piece by Piece" sold of both the original version of her track and a slowed-down piano-led "Idol version." Though the massive sales were what launched Clarkson to the chart's top 10, she was also aided with 3.1 million streams of her personal new single.
But Clarkson isn't the only new act in the top 10. Lukas Graham's new single "7 Years" also saw some major gains as it jumped up from No. 12 to No. 9. The Denmark hit is crossing over to the U.S., and continued to gain momentum with sales of 94,000 and 10.7 million streams.
Beyond major jumps for Clarkson and Lukas Graham, there was little movement in the top 10 of the charts this week. Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" and Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" stayed at Nos. 2 and 3 (respectively) for a third week, and Flo Rida's "My House" swapped places with Bieber's "Sorry" as it rose from No. 5 to a new high at No. 4.
The sixth and seventh most-popular songs in the country also stayed the same this week. Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk" is resting at No. 6 for a third straight week and G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I" is holding on to No. 7 for the second week in a row.
Finally, DNCE is there to round it all out with "Cake by the Ocean" at No. 10, falling one spot from its No. 9 high last week.