Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney’s ‘FourFiveSeconds’ Tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

BILLBOARD, February 11, 2015

PaulNumerOneRihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” makes big news on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as the song steps (to #1), taking both Airplay and Streaming Gainer honors. The climb gives Rihanna her fourth chart-topper, while West achieves his seventh.  As for McCartney, it’s his second No. 1 on the list, following his duet with Michael Jackson on “The Girl Is Mine” (it led the list for three weeks in 1983: Jan. 15-29). McCartney’s long gap between No. 1s (32 years) is the lengthiest wait between No. 1s in the history of the chart

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Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney . . . Hit Hot 100’s Top 10

BILLBOARD, February 11, 2015

The week’s other notable highlights (are) led by Rihanna, West and McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds,” which vaults (to #6).. Helping fuel the song’s surge: the premiere of its official video on Feb. 3 and the trio’s performance of it on the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday (Feb. 8) (which likely swelled sales further just before the closing of the Nielsen tracking week that night; following a full week of sales, ending Feb. 15, the track should continue to gain in downloads sold).

With the song’s Hot 100 advance, McCartney makes history: he returns to the chart’s top 10 after more than 29 years, ending the longest break between top 10s (as a lead artist) in the Hot 100’s 56-year archives. He’d last graced the top 10 with “Spies Like Us” (the title theme from the Chevy Chase/Dan Aykroyd spoof), which reached No. 7 in 1986. McCartney passes Santana, who waited more than 28 years between top 10s from 1971 to 1999.

. . . . “FourFiveSeconds” becomes . . .  McCartney’s 23rd Top 10  (to go along with his 34 with the Beatles) and West’s 15th. McCartney has now been an inhabitant of the Hot 100’s top 10 for more than 51 years: the Beatles’ breakthrough “I Want to Hold Your Hand” reached the region on Jan. 25, 1964, ahead of its seven-week run at No. 1. Counting just his solo output, McCartney rewrites yet another mark: he expands his span of solo top 10s to a record-setting 43 years, 10 months and two weeks, dating to the first week in the top 10 for his first top 10, “Another Day,” in 1971.

. . . .  Even more: with “FourFiveSeconds” in just its third week on the Hot 100, McCartney equals his fastest top 10 ascent. Another of his superstar collabs, “Ebony and Ivory,” with Stevie Wonder, also blasted to No. 6 (from No. 21) in its third week in 1982. It went on to rule the Hot 100 for seven weeks, marking McCartney’s longest command as a solo artist.




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