Rihanna charges onto the Hot 100 at No. 16 with “We Found Love” (featuring Scottish DJ Calvin Harris), the first single from her forthcoming sixth studio album. Island Def Jam has not yet confirmed the title of the set, due Nov. 21.
The track enters Digital Songs at No. 7 with first-week download sales of 117,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Radio Songs at No. 75 with 14 million out-of-the-box impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. With the song having been released digitally and to radio Thursday (Sept. 22), next week’s charts will reflect the song’s first full week of sales and airplay activity.
“We Found Love” ties for the second-highest debut of Rihanna’s 31 career Hot 100 entries. She started at a loftier rank only as a guest on Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” which soared in at No. 2 the week of July 10, 2010, before spending seven weeks at the summit. Rihanna’s “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour),” with Jay-Z and Bono, also opened at No. 16 (Feb. 6, 2010).
As Rihanna sets up her next album, “Cheers (Drink to That),” from her most recent release “Loud,” reaches a new Hot 100 peak, rising 8-7. The song dips, however, in digital sales (114,000, down 5%) and airplay (60 million, down 6%).