Rihanna is on course for her third consecutive Number 1 album in as many years with Unapologetic, according to today’s Official Albums Chart Update.
Rihanna’s seventh full-length, Unapologetic, looks set to follow in the footsteps of 2010’s Loud and 2011’s Talk That Talk, which both peaked at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. If it can maintain its lead through to Sunday, Unapologetic will be Rihanna’s fourth Official Number 1 album overall (her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, also peaked at Number 1 back in 2007).
It’s been an amazing 12 months for the Bajan superstar. In the UK alone, she’s sold over three million singles, and has become the second biggest selling female singles artist of all time (behind Madonna). And she’s still only 24!
This week’s second highest new entry is Led Zeppelin’s live album, Celebration Day (Number 2). Recorded at the band’s tribute concert to late Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun at London’s O2 Arena in December, 2007, Celebration Day captures the magic of frontman Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones performing live together for the first time since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. Drumming duties at the reunion concert were provided by Bonham’s son, Jason.
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She’s done it again!! “Diamonds” was announced Rihanna’s 12th (!!!!) number one song! WHO DOES THAT?!
The elements have all converged for global icon Rihanna, as “Diamonds,” the fastest-rising single of her career, rises to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 – her record-breaking 12th Hot 100 #1 – setting the stage for the arrival of UNAPOLOGETIC (released November 19th).
With her 12th Hot 100 topper, Rihanna ascends higher into rarefied historical chart air, as she ties Madonna and the Supremes for the fourth-most leaders in the ranking’s 54-year history. Only the Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18) and Michael Jackson (13) have sent more titles to the top.
“Diamonds” darts to the penthouse courtesy of gains on all three of the Hot 100′s component charts. It becomes Rihanna’s record-extending 12th No. 1 on Digital Songs, where it climbs 3-1 with a 19% increase to 171,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (and passes 1 million downloads sold to date). The song logs a second week atop On-Demand Songs (1.05 million on-demand streams, according to Nielsen BDS), good for top Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100, and pushes 4-2 on Radio Songs with 115 million all-format audience impressions (up 17%), according to BDS.
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Rihanna’s “Diamonds” takes PSY’s place in the Hot 100′s runner-up spot, jumping from No. 4 with top Digital Gainer honors.
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It lifts 2-1 on On-Demand Songs (959,000, up 19%) to become her first leader on the list and rises 5-3 on Digital Songs (144,000, up 19%) and 7-4 on Radio Songs (97 million, up 12%).
Make sure to keep supporting the song more than ever, Rihanna Navy! This is our chance to make it Rihanna’s 12th No. 1 hit in the United States.
Rihanna’s “Diamonds” climbs 5-4 in its sixth week on the Hot 100 with top Airplay Gainer honors for a second week while adding the chart’s top Streaming Gainer award. It rises 9-7 on Radio Songs (85 million, up 15%) and 6-2 on On-Demand Songs (807,000, up 18%). “Diamonds” holds at No. 5 on Digital Songs with a 1% loss to 121,000.)
The song previews Rihanna’s seventh studio album, “Unapologetic,” due Nov. 19.
Rihanna’s “Diamonds” jumps 8-5 in its fifth frame on the Billboard Hot 100 with top Airplay Gainer honors. The lead single from “Unapologetic” (due Nov. 19) becomes Rihanna’s 16th top five Hot 100 hit, a sum bested by only four women in the Hot 100′s 54-year history: Madonna (28), Mariah Carey (26), Janet Jackson (24) and Whitney Houston (19).
“Diamonds” also rises 10-9 on Hot 100 Airplay (76 million, up 15%), 7-5 on Hot Digital Songs (122,000, up 4%) and 19-6 on On-Demand Songs (686,000, up 33%).
- Rihanna’s Diamonds is the UK’s most listened to track: After a three week run at Number 1 on the Official Streaming Chart, K-pop sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style has been ousted from the top spot by Rihanna. The Bajan superstar, who was last week crowned the UK’s second biggest selling female singles artist of all time, climbs up one place with “Diamonds” after three weeks on the chart.
- Rihanna charts a proven track with record 38 singles on ARIA charts: Rihanna has amassed a record 38 singles on the Australian charts over her career from her 2005 debut single “Pon De Replay” to her most recent top-10 hit “Diamonds”. Whether it is her own song or another artist’s release which features her on guest vocals, Rihanna has proven to be airplay and chart gold.
- After the UK, France and Norway, Rihanna’s “Diamonds” has reached No. 1 in Germany!
It’s Rihanna VS Madonna as Official Charts reveals The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Female Singles Artists Of All Time to celebrate 60 years of the Official Singles Chart!
“There’s less than a month to go before we’ll be donning our party hats and getting set to blow out the candles (all 60 of them) as we celebrate 60 glittering years of the Official Singles Chart. To whet your appetite for this poptastic occasion, the Official Charts Company today reveal The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Female Singles Artists Of All Time!
Madonna tops the chart with a combined UK singles sales total of 17.8 million. The Queen Of Pop made her British chart debut in January, 1984 with Holiday, which peaked at Number 6. However it wasn’t until a year later that she scored her first Official Singles Chart Number 1 with Into the Groove, which incidentally, is her biggest ever selling track. To date, as a lead artist, Madonna has enjoyed 59 Top 10 hits (including 13 Number 1s).
However, her Madge-sty might soon have a contender for her crown. With a combined singles sales tally as a lead artist of 11.4 million, Rihanna is at Number 2 in our chart. However, given that the 24-year-old Bajan superstar has sold 3 million singles in the last twelve months alone, if Riri continues selling singles at this rate, she could realistically overtake Madonna in the next two-and-a-half years. And she would still only be 27! Bonkers!
Rihanna is of course known for her prolific collaborations, and while the above figures focus solely on her sales as a lead artist, if you were to add in her collaborations, that would bring her total to a staggering 15.1 million!”
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Rihanna notches her 23rd Billboard Hot 100 top 10, as “Diamonds” shines 11-8 in its fourth week with top Airplay and Streaming Gainer honors.
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“Diamonds” darts 15-10 on Hot 100 Airplay (66 million, up 18%) to become her 19th top 10 on the survey, breaking a tie with Lil Wayne for the second-best sum in the list’s 22-year history; only Mariah Carey (23) has more. “Diamonds” concurrently climbs 9-7 on Hot Digital Songs (118,000, up 10%) and 35-19 on On-Demand Songs (516,000, up 39%).