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Rihanna isn’t letting go of her strong grip at No. 1 just yet. Her Drake collaboration, “Work,” spends a seventh straight week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. “Work” now joins “Umbrella” and “Love The Way You Lie” as her second longest chart-topper of her career. The longest is her Calvin Klein-produced monster hit, “We Found Love.”

Including this week, RiRi has now spent 58 weeks at No. 1 which is just one week shy from The Beatles who currently sit second with 59 weeks. Mariah Carey leads the pack with 79 weeks at the summit.

Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony achieves a career milestone with their latest single “Work From Home.” It becomes their very first Top 10 hit. The last girl group to crack the Top 10 was The Pussycat Dolls who did so with “When I Grow Up” back in 2008. Check out this week’s Top 10 below.

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American Idol Might Not Be Dead After All

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American Idol bids farewell this week with a three-night extravaganza beginning Tuesday. After 15 seasons and dwindling ratings, it’s the perfect time to close up shop. But apparently, it’s not so much of a ‘goodbye’ but rather a ‘see you later.’

Simon Fuller tells Hollywood Reporter that this isn’t the end of American Idol, only the version that we know of.

“There will no doubt be another format or refinement or elevation of the format. Now I can actually revamp it and come up with a new version. And we can look back on 15 seasons and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy them again, maybe adding another dimension to it.”

While I loved American Idol, it’s silly to start talking about it returning before it’s even aired its finale. A major misstep from the 55-year-old creator if you ask me. Read below what other tidbits Fuller shared about the FOX singing competition.

read more of his thoughts about American Idol’s legacy after the jump

Zayn Malik Makes Billboard Chart History

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Many questioned his decision to leave One Direction, but it’s clear his gamble has paid off. The 23-year-old singer has notched yet another record. Zayn Malik just made Billboard chart history with his debut solo album.

Mind of Mine moved 157,000 album units (112,000 of which were in pure sales) during its first week of release to land at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. By doing so, Malik becomes the first ever UK male solo artist to debut at the top of Billboard’s main album chart with his debut album. Insane!!!

Even more insane is the fact, Zayn is the first male UK artist to reach No. 1 since George Michael. The “Freedom” singer claimed pole position with Faith back in 1988 after nine weeks on the chart. In case you were wondering, it debuted at No. 41 weeks prior.

Impressed with Malik’s solo success? Do you think other One Direction members can replicate his success with their forthcoming solo efforts. Weigh in below.

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While many of her pop compatriots were at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Katy Perry was hanging out with some country folk. You can’t get any more country than Dolly Parton herself.

The 31-year-old “Roar” singer, dressed in Perry-fied Western attire, and the 70-year-old legend hit the stage at the 2016 ACM Awards. Together, the lovely ladies performed a medley of Parton’s hits- “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” and “9 to 5.” Dolly was liviiiiiiing during “Jolene” with her sassy ad libs about that hussy. I loved it.

Parton was also in attendance because her TV movie based on her life, Coat of Many Colors, was being honored. The NBC film received the Tex Ritter Award which honors a movie “released and / or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.” Check out their incredible duet below.

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JoJo Recognizes On Skizzy Mars Collaboration

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Admittedly, I’ve never heard of Skizzy Mars until today. And no, he’s not related to Bruno 😉 But since JoJo is involved, I now know who the 22-year-old rapper is. I’ll eat up anything involving the “Too Little, Too Late” chanteuse.

JoJo and Skizzy Mars join forces on the rapper’s new track “Recognize,” off his upcoming album, Alone Together. The 25-year-old singer hops on to share her luscious vocals on the breezy hook. The laidback track is perfect for this time of year.

Give “Recognize” a listen below. These two have a great infectious chemistry.

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Clearly, Taylor Swift and Apple Music are on better terms these days. If you recall, the “Out of the Woods” singer penned an open letter criticizing the music streaming service for not paying artists enough. Given her clout, Apple amended their policy within hours. Fast forward months later and the 26-year-old singer is now the company’s newest spokesperson.

Taylor, clad in fitness gear (is it Beyonce’s Ivy Park by any chance?), hops on the treadmill to work on her fitness. After sifting through all the options, she selects Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” to run to. Unfortunately, after a few verses things don’t end very well. Girlfriend falls, and falls hard.

Check out the cute advert below which was, as she tweeted, “Based on true events. #TAYLORvsTREADMILL.”

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Before I get to the actual track, can I just point out how big pimpin’ the artwork is. Love, love, love. Is it wrong that I kinda want that fedora?

Despite filming an extremely sexy clip, which featured him practically naked, “Naked” failed to make a dent anywhere. The track didn’t even enter the prestigious chart. Must’ve been really disappointing for Jason Derulo.

The 26-year-old singer has regrouped and is back with another single. Whether this is off his forthcoming fifth studio album, or simply a one-off to take advantage of the summer months ahead, no details have been released.

If It Ain’t Love” is an uptempo house-tinged track that has commercial appeal. It’s fun and energetic and should be well-received by radio. It took me a couple of listens to get into it. You might need to as well. Check it out below.

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With regards to Beyonce, when it rains, it pours. Not only does she grace two covers for Elle UK, but the 34-year-old unleashes her new activewear line. Queen B wants you to get in shape while rocking her stylish new gear. The BeyHive is definitely gonna eat this all up.

While I assume most of the reported 200 pieces in her IVY PARK collection are catered to women, I want to snag some of the unisex pieces. I get major FOMO sometimes 😉 Bey shows off some of the styles in a two-minute long commercial where she talks about the childhood playground which inspired her clothing line.

Fingers crossed that this means her long-rumored new album is about to drop. Knowing Mrs. Carter, it’ll drop at midnight on a random weekend. Girl, loves her surprises. Check out the clip below, along with her two ELLE UK covers.

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