Rihanna is the only Black Female [Lead] Artist to go #1 on Billboard Hot 100 this Decade, Janelle Monae is the Second but as Featured Artist.


This week, Rihanna spends her 3rd week atop of Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Her single ‘Work’ featuring Drake is the first single from her 8th studio platinum album ‘Anti’. Rihanna currently has 14 #1 singles and is the 3rd act with the most #1 singles on Billboard Hot 100 in Billboard History. Since January 1st, 2010, Rihanna is the ONLY black female artist to chart at least (1) single on Billboard Hot 100 charts as a LEAD artist. The following singles charted on Billbaord at #1:

  1. Rihanna: Rude Boy (March 2010-April 2010).
  2. Eminem Feat Rihanna: Love the way you lied (July 2010-Sept 2010) *Featured Artist
  3. Rihanna Feat Drake: What’s my name (Nov 2010)
  4. Rihanna: Only Girl in the world (Dec 2010) *Rihanna became the first artist in history to have her second single chart #1 BEFORE the first single chart at #1.
  5. Rihanna Feat Britney Spears: S&M (April 2011)
  6. Rihanna Feat Calvin Harris: We Found Love (Nov 2011-Jan 2012)
  7. Rihanna: Diamonds (Dec 2012)
  8. Eminem Feat Rihanna: The Monster (December 2013-January 2014) *Featured Artist
  9. Rihanna Feat Drake: Work (March 2016)


Janelle Monae is the second Black Female artist to earn a #1 hit on Billboard Hot 100 but as a featured artist and not a lead artist. A #1 single is still a #1 single and is well earned. Janelle Monae was a featured artist on the smash single ‘We are Young’ by Fun. This song charted at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 in March 2012 and stayed atop for 6 consecutive weeks.

Congratulations to both artist on this great record.


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