Rihanna & Drake Help Set New Record for Most Consecutive Hot 100 No. 1s by Non-U.S.-Born Acts....Make it a new-record nine No. 1s in a row by non-Americans, as "Work" hits the top. Jamaica's is one of the non-US born

Rihanna's "Work" music video featuring Drake, released in Feb. 2016.
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As noted last week, the chart that ranks the top hits in the United States, theBillboard Hot 100, hasn't sported an American act at No. 1 since July, whenWiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuringCharlie Puth, wrapped a 12-week run at No. 1. Following that smash through last week (on the Hot 100 dated Feb. 27), eight songs by non-Americans had reigned for 32 straight weeks. The sum of weeks marked a record run, while the string of eight leaders in a row tied a mark first set in 1985.
Let's update the count as of this week, as a new record for foreign talent's domination emerges.
As reported yesterdayRihanna's "Work," featuring Drake, rises 4-1 on the Hot 100 (dated March 5). With Rihanna from Barbados and Drake from Canada, a new-record nine No. 1s in a row by artists from outside the U.S. have now topped the chart (for a record-extending 33 weeks).
Here's a new rundown of the unprecedented nine consecutive Hot 100 No. 1s by non-American acts:
Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1, Artist, Country of Origin
"Cheerleader," six, July 25, 2015, OMIJamaica
"Can't Feel My Face," three, Aug. 22, The WeekndCanada
"What Do You Mean?," one, Sept. 19, Justin BieberCanada
"The Hills," six, Oct, 3, The WeekndCanada
"Hello," 10, Nov. 14, AdeleEngland
"Sorry," three, Jan. 23, 2016, Justin BieberCanada
"Love Yourself," two, Feb. 13, Justin BieberCanada
"Pillowtalk," one, Feb. 20, ZaynEngland
"Work," one (to date), March 5, RihannaBarbados, feat. DrakeCanada
Meanwhile, the active run of 33 weeks of Hot 100 toppers by non-Yanks could extend next week, if not beyond, as "Work" could remain atop the chart, boosted by streams after its official video premiered yesterday.
With Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" (down 1-2) trailing "Work," twenty one pilots' "Stressed Out" is again the highest-ranking hit by an American act. The song from the Ohio duo dips 2-3.

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