4th May 1969 | Paul & Linda were asked if “she was expecting [a baby]” at Les Ambassadeurs Club, London while celebrating the completion of filming The Magic Christian, hosted by Peter Sellers & Ringo Starr. The party was filmed by the producers of the movie and some footage - including this short interview & sight of John - was included in the BBC1 documentary Will The Real Mr. Sellers Please Stand Up? (aired in December ‘69)
I always feel very wary including Jane in The Beatles’ history. She’s never gone into print about our relationship, whilst everyone on Earth has sold their story. So I’d feel weird being the one to kiss and tell. // Paul McCartney
With “Love on the Brain,” Rihanna joins Madonna (38) and The Beatles (34) as the only acts with at least 30 Hot 100 top 10s all time.
As previously reported, Rihanna rumbles 13-8 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated March 4) with “Love on the Brain,” marking her milestone 30th top 10. Dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception, only Madonna, with 38, and The Beatles, with 34, boast more.
Rihanna breaks a tie for third place with Michael Jackson, who’s tallied 29 top 10s, as a soloist.
Notably, Rihanna sports the second-fastest accumulation of 30 Hot 100 top 10s (from an act’s first-ever week in the region to the first week in the tier with its 30th). Having first hit the top 10 with “Pon De Replay” on the July 16, 2005-dated chart, she needed 10 years, seven months and two weeks to tally 30 top 10s. Only The Beatles hit the landmark more quickly, from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Something,” over a span of just five years, nine months and two weeks (Jan. 25, 1964-Nov. 8, 1969).
While she’s the leader for the most Hot 100 top 10s, Madonna took 12 years, eight months and two weeks from her first top 10, “Borderline,” to her 30th, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (June 16, 1984-March 1, 1997; thus, with the latest Hot 100 dated March 4, 2017, we last celebrated an act reaching 30 top 10 hits 20 years ago to the week).
Here’s a recap of Rihanna’s 30 Hot 100 top 10s (with 25 in a lead role).
Rihanna’s 30 Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s
Title, Peak Pos. Peak Date
“Pon De Replay,” No. 2, 7/30/2005“SOS,” No. 1 (three weeks), 5/13/2006 “Unfaithful,” No. 6, 7/22/2006 “Break It Off” (with Sean Paul), No. 9, 3/17/2007“Umbrella” (feat. Jay Z), No. 1 (seven weeks), 6/9/2007 “Hate That I Love You” (feat. Ne-Yo), No. 7, 12/22/2007 “Don’t Stop the Music,” No. 3, 2/16/2008 “Take a Bow,” No. 1 (one week), 5/24/2008 “Disturbia,” No. 1 (two weeks), 8/23/2008 “Live Your Life” (T.I. feat. Rihanna), No. 1 (six weeks), 10/18/2008 “Run This Town” (with Jay Z & Kanye West), No. 2, 10/3/2009 “Russian Roulette,” No. 9, 11/21/2009 “Hard” (feat. Jeezy), No. 8, 1/30/2010 “Rude Boy,” No. 1 (five weeks), 3/27/2010 “Love the Way You Lie” (Eminem feat. Rihanna), No. 1 (seven weeks), 7/31/2010 “Only Girl (In the World),” No. 1 (one week), 12/4/2010
Q: “Are you trying to make a statement with the track Early Days?”
A: “When I write songs I don’t always think I’m going to make a statement. On the day (I wrote the track Early Days) I was thinking about the past, particularly me and John in Liverpool in the early days so I just ran with that. I started to get images of us in the record shop listening to early rock and roll and looking at the posters and the joy that that gave me remembering all those moments.
So that song just evolved around that and then I found that one of the things that came was - you can’t take it away from me, even though you can say ‘hey this is what happened in Liverpool in the late 1950s but I’m going to say ‘were you there or did you just read about it?’ Because I was there and I was walking down that street - so it’s that kind of song. It gets a bit of a dig at people who say they know what it was all about but they weren’t there - but mainly it’s just fond memories for me.”