As Rihanna registers a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Diamonds,” the song also rises to the top of the Radio Songs chart.
“Diamonds” remains atop the Hot 100 powered by its 2-1 ascent on Radio Songs, where it gains by 7% to 134 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. Her 12th Hot 100 No. 1 becomes her 10th leader on the BDS-based Radio Songs ranking (which launched 22 years ago this week). Rihanna is just the second artist to reach a double-digit No. 1 total on the list: Mariah Carey remains one ahead of her with 11. ( Usher places third with seven Radio Songs No. 1s, followed by Ludacris and Kanye West, each with six.)
“Diamonds” notches a fourth week atop the On-Demand Songs chart with 1.06 million on-demand streams (down 2%) (and 1.19 million overall streams), according to BDS, and slides 2-8 on Digital Songs with 122,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Parent album “Unapologetic” similarly declines on the Billboard 200 in its second week (1-6); as previously reported, song and album sales were down in the tracking week after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as they are annually in that period.)
“Diamonds,” which rules R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a ninth week, wins a tight race to No. 1 on the Hot 100, fending off Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” (4-2) by approximately 2,500 chart points. “Diamonds” dips by 9% in overall points, while “Heaven” gains by 2%. The latter title concurrently rises 4-2 on Radio Songs (124 million, up 11%), while remaining at No. 5 on Digital Songs (135,000, down 4%) and surging 9-5 on On-Demand Songs (748,000, up 9%). The song introduces Mars’ sophomore album “Unorthodox Jukebox,” due Tuesday (Dec. 11).