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Anti Rules at No. 1 on Albums Chart

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Rihanna’s Anti album vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the diva’s second leader. The set earned 166,000 units in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 4, according to Nielsen Music, with pure album sales equating to 124,000 of that sum.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Feb. 20, 2016-dated chart (where Rihanna is tops) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Anti jumps from No. 27 to No. 1 on the list, following the album’s arrival on the tally a week ago (chart dated Feb. 13, reflecting data in the tracking week ending Jan. 28).

Anti bowed at No. 27 after being available for only a fraction of the chart’s tracking week. The album was released through Tidal’s streaming service on the evening of Jan. 27, commercially released the next day (again, through Tidal), and became widely available to all digital retailers on Jan. 29.

A physical CD release followed on Feb. 5. Those sales are not part of the new chart’s tracking week, but will impact next week’s charts (which reflect the tracking frame of Feb. 5-11).

Anti‘s first full week of sales (124,000) was likely tempered by the album’s previous availability as a free download, supported by Samsung. It was given away beginning on Jan. 27 in a limited quantity and generated 1.47 million downloads globally in less than 15 hours. Those gratis downloads did not count toward the charts or Nielsen Music’s sales figures.

Source: Bilboard

Rihanna previously led the Billboard 200 with her last studio effort, 2012’sUnapologetic. It launched with 238,000 copies sold in its first week.

Anti is also Rihanna’s eighth top 10 album — every one of her studio efforts has reached the region. She first hit the top 10 with her debut album, Music of the Sun, which bowed and peaked at No. 10 on the chart dated Sept. 17, 2005.

Chart fans may appreciate this trivia tidbit: As Anti jumps 27-1 on the Billboard 200, it scores the biggest jump to No. 1 in eight years. Radiohead’s In Rainbows was the last album to log a bigger leap to No. 1, when it moved from No. 156 to No. 1 on the Jan. 19, 2008-dated chart. (In Rainbows debuted at No. 156 due to early sales of its album in stores, before its official release date.)

Coming in at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 is Kevin Gates’ new Islah, which starts with 112,000 units (93,000 in album sales). It’s easily the rapper’s highest charting album yet, and best sales week. He previously peaked at No. 17 with 2014’s By Any Means, but notched his best sales frame with that same year’s Luca Brasi 2: A Gangsta Grillz Special Edition (23,000 sold in its first week).

With Rihanna and Gates leading the list — and also at Nos. 1 and 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart — it’s the first time the Billboard 200’s top two titles are of the R&B/hip-hop genre since the Oct. 24, 2015-dated list. That week, Janet Jackson’sUnbreakable debuted at No. 1, while The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness rose 5-2.

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Savage X Fenty’s Summer Drop is Here

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New Savage X Fenty lingerie from the #UCUTE and #DAMN categories are out now! Check out the new drop of basics, lace slips, robes and more at SAVAGEX.com.

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Rihanna’s Fourth Diamond Ball to Be Held in NYC

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We are just two months away from this year’s Diamond Ball on September 13! Here‘s a look back at last year to start off our countdown:

The third Diamond Ball raised over $5 million to support CLF’s global education, health and emergency response programs around the world. The evening featured high-energy performances by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris.

“I am thrilled to bring the Diamond Ball to New York City and bring everyone closer to the mission, the partnerships, the programs and the people at the heart of it all,” said Rihanna at the 2017 Diamond Ball. “Together, we are funding groundbreaking and effective global education, health and emergency response programs. We are investing in the future and helping to improve the quality of life for young people and their families around the globe.”

Read more about Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation.

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Rihanna nominated for the 2018 MTV VMAs

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Congratulations to N.E.R.D and Rihanna! Their 2017 collab “Lemon” is nominated for Best Collaboration and Best Editing at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

The 2018 VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York on Monday, August 20. Vote here.

In 2016, Rihanna performed four times at the VMAs and took home the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Watch below:

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