CAMDEN - Rihanna made a near-record rise to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 yesterday with "Take a Bow," which blasts 53-1. Opening-week digital downloads (267,000) are the reason for the sudden surge, as the track begins at No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs.
The artist will be at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden tomorrow night as part of Kanye West's "Glow in the Dark Tour."
Her song's bump is the second-best leap to No. 1 in Hot 100 history, trailing only Maroon 5's 64-1 jump with "Makes Me Wonder" last May. Coincidentally, Rihanna is featured on the band's "If I Never See Your Face Again" video, which debuted yesterday at No. 57.
Even more coincidentally, Maroon 5 will be at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden today as part of "Live Nation Presents Q Concert 2008."
With her lofty digital take, Rihanna now owns two of the top three opening-week download tallies in chart history. Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" set the mark with 286,000 last month, surpassing the 277,000 moved by Rihanna's "Umbrella" when it debuted June 9, 2007.
"Take a Bow" is one of four new songs on an expanded CD/DVD edition of Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" album, due June 17.
In other chart news, first-day sales of Death Cab for Cutie's "Narrow Stairs" put the album on course to top next week's Billboard 200.
"Narrow Stairs" registered a first-day total of 54,000 copies, a significant lead over runner-up Jason Mraz's "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things," which stood at 21,000 sales.