Def Jam Urban EVP/Urban Promotion Chief Rodney Shealey Scores 20th #1 At Urban With Rihanna’s “Work” Feat. Drake
March 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM (PT)
ROC NATION's RIHANNA tops the Urban and Rhythmic charts this week with “WORK” featuring DRAKE. The song ascends to #1 this week on the MEDIABASE Urban chart and becomes RIHANNA's 10th #1 at the format and marks a special note in DEF JAM history. It is the 20th single to hit #1 Urban under the watch of EVP/Urban Promotion RODNEY SHEALEY.
The announcement was made TODAY by DEF JAM RECORDING CEO STEVE BARTELS.
“This is a major accomplishment for RODNEY and his team. It is no small feat to deliver results like this year over year, consistently and diligently, in a climate that only becomes more competitive. It's a testament to RODNEY’s incredible instincts, his tireless drive, and his unmatched relationships at the format and in inspiring excellence from his team. I salute his passion and talent, and I salute RIHANNA and our partners at ROC NATION for delivering us yet another smash."
SHEALEY commented, “I want to thank STEVE BARTELS, my teammates BILL EVANS, ERIC PARLER, NATINA NIMENE, and the incredible field staff here at DEF JAM. I'm extremely proud and gratified to have helmed this team and this great company to 20 #1s at the format, and most certainly could not have gotten here without everyone’s hard work. We may not be the biggest promotion team in the business, but I believe we are among the most aggressive, diligent and impactful I’ve ever had the honor to work with."
In 2013, SHEALEY was named Senior Urban Promotion Executive Of The Year at the annual S.I.N. AWARDS.
The complete roster of DEF JAM's #1 Urban hits since 2011 is as follows (including the date each track peaked at #1):
- RIHANNA “WORK” featuring DRAKE (3/5/16)
- JEREMIH “PLANES” featuring J. COLE (8/30/15)
- RIHANNA “BBHMM” (6/20/15)
- BIG SEAN “IDFWU” (1/24/15)
- JEREMIH “DON’T TELL ‘EM” featuring YG (8/23/14)
- IGGY AZALEA “FANCY” featuring CHARLIE XCX (8/09/14)
- JAY Z “PART II (ON THE RUN)” featuring BEYONCÉ (5/25/14)
- JHENÉ AIKO “THE WORST” (4/26/14)
- JAY Z “TOM FORD” (11/16/13)
- AUGUST ALSINA “I LUV THIS SH*T” FEATURING TRINIDAD JAMES (10/7/13)
- JAY Z “HOLY GRAIL” FEATURING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (9/22/13)
- RIHANNA “POUR IT UP” (2/26/13)
- TRINIDAD JAMES “ALL GOLD EVERYTHING” (2/5/13)
- 2 CHAINZ “NO LIE” featuring DRAKE (8/2/12)
- KANYE WEST “MERCY” featuring BIG SEAN, PUSHA T, & 2 CHAINZ (6/27/12)
- RIHANNA “BIRTHDAY CAKE” (5/9/12)
- YOUNG JEEZY “I DO” featuring JAY Z, ANDRÉ 3000 (2/8/12)
- JAY Z & KANYE WEST “…PARIS” (11/2/11)
- BIG SEAN “MARVIN & CHARDONNAY” (10/3/11)
- JAY Z & KANYE WEST “OTIS” (9/12/11)