Rihanna breaks a tie with Katy Perry, who’s notched nine No. 1s since her 2008 arrival; also impressively, Rihanna has rung up her No. 1 sum since just 2006, when “SOS,” her first leader, reached the summit. She’d last led with “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, for eight weeks, marking her longest command, in late 2011/early 2012.
The record for most No. 1s is the latest for Rihanna on Pop Songs. She previously established the marks for most entries (35) and top 10s (23) dating to the ranking’s Oct. 3, 1992, launch.
“Stay” also charges 11-7 on Adult Pop Songs, becoming her third top 10 on the list, and debuts at No. 30 on Adult Contemporary. (It’s reached No. 3 on the all-format airplay/sales/streaming-fueled Billboard Hot 100.)
Also notably, “Stay” is only the second piano-and-vocal-only No. 1 of the 259 songs to have ruled Pop Songs.
RiRi will be featured in the 2013 edition of Guinness World Book of Records. She has become the best-selling digital artist (US), selling an incredible 47.57 million digital tracks in the United States during her career.
Rihanna was previously featured in the book in 2012, being first woman to have had number one singles in the United Kingdom for five consecutive years from 2007-2011, and in 2010, when she was named the best selling download female artist in the UK.
Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” music video has been officially labelled a record-breaker by VEVO for clocking up 4.9 million views in its first 24 hours on the site!
@VEVO: NUMBERS ARE IN! After filtering out the BS & triple-checking, @Rihanna #WHYBvideo24hrRECORD stands @ 4,937,281! Congrats! @Rihanna: That Rihanna reign just won’t let up! #WHYBvideo holds the new 24hr record for VEVO! My #NaviTrillAsPhuck thank you n congrats!
Congratulations, RiRi! And great job, Rihanna Navy!
Thanks to “You Da One“, the second single off of Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” album, RiRi is now the third artist with most No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs — behind Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson (19) only.
“You Da One” has peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rihanna’s former 10-week Hot 100 leader “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, dips 2-3 although it spends an 11th frame at No. 1 on Radio Songs (145 million, down 3%). “We Found Love” becomes the longest-leading song on Radio Songs since Alicia Keys’ “No One” reigned for 14 weeks in 2007-08 and is one of just 10 tracks by solo women to rack as many as 11 weeks at the summit in the all-format airplay chart’s 21-year history.
Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a milestone 10th total week at the summit.
The song, which already represents Rihanna’s longest stay at No. 1 on the Hot 100, becomes one of just 11 boasting a solo female lead billing to have ruled for at least 10 weeks in the tally’s 53-year history. “We Found Love” is the first such leader since Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” logged 10 weeks on top in 2006-07.
Here is the complete list of songs by women to achieve strangleholds of at least 10 frames on the Hot 100 (including two tracks in which other acts share lead credit and one in which two women trade lead vocals):
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Peak Year
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, 1995 (*the longest reign of any title in the chart’s history)
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, 2005
14, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, 1992
13, “The Boy Is Mine,” Brandy & Monica, 1998
11, “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112, 1997
11, “Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton, 1996
10, “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, 2011 (to-date)
10, “Irreplaceable,” Beyonce, 2006
10, “Foolish,” Ashanti, 2002
10, “Physical,” Olivia Newton-John, 1981
10, “You Light Up My Life,” Debby Boone, 1977
“We FoundLove” maintains its Hot 100 dominance by spending a ninth week atop Radio Songs (150 million audience impressions, down 1%, according to Nielsen BDS), while slipping 4-6 on Digital Songs (140,000 downloads sold, down 24%, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
UPDATE: Rihanna tweeted:
“10 weeks at #1??? Yall are SO good to me, Im giggling rt now! God is #MAJAH always! My fans run dis world!!! Thank u for the LOVE! #WFL”
After a two-week respite, Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, returns to the Billboard Hot 100 summit (2-1) for a ninth total week in charge.
The song, which already represents Rihanna’s longest residence at No. 1 on the Hot 100, matches Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” in early 2010 for the longest time tallied atop the Hot 100 for any song since the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” racked 14 weeks on top in summer 2009.
On Radio Songs, “We Found Love” rules for an eighth week (152 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS), granting Rihanna her longest reign on the list as a lead act, besting the seven-week domination of her “What’s My Name?,” featuring Drake, early last year. She also ties her longest stranglehold atop the chart overall, having spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Radio Songs as a guest on T.I.’s “Live Your Life” in 2008-09 and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” in 2010.
On Digital Songs, “We Found Love” descends 2-4 with 185,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rihanna has sold in the USA more digital tracks than any other artist.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Rihanna has sold more than 47 million tracks to the end of 2011 putting her ahead of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Beyonce. Black Eyed Peas are in number two spot but also hold the honor of having the biggest selling digital track to date with ‘I Gotta Feeling’. The list doesn’t include the tracks Rihanna has featured in.
Adele ‘21’ was last year’s biggest selling digital album.
Top 10 Selling Digital Artists of All Time: 1. Rihanna – 47,571,000
2. Black Eyed Peas – 42,405,000
3. Eminem – 42,290,000
4. Lady Gaga – 42,078,000
5. Taylor Swift – 41,821,000
6. Katy Perry – 37,620,00
7. Lil Wayne – 36,788,000
8. Beyonce – 30,439,000
9. Kanye West – 30,242,000
10. Britney Spears – 28,665,000
It’s been a good run of concerts for Rihanna, who last night was awarded with a an award in recognition of breaking the record for the most sell-out dates at the venue by a female artist.
Rihanna will have performed to more than 170,000 fans over 10 nights, beating Britney Spears who packed houses over eight nights in June, 2009, during her Circus world tour.
Sally Davies, events director at The O2, said: ‘We at The O2 felt that this amazing record could not pass unrecognised and as Rihanna has spent so much of her time in London at our venue, we wanted to give her something to remember us by. We hope to see her here again very soon.’
Rihanna has become the first female artist to simultaneously top the UK singles and albums charts twice in a year.
The Bajan popstar achieved the feat after “We Found Love”, featuring Calvin Harris, won its sixth week at the head of the singles chart, while new album “Talk That Talk” has also gone straight to number one, selling over 160,000 copies in its first week of release.
Rihanna previously did the same in January, when “What’s My Name”, featuring Drake, and “Loud” topped the singles and albums chart respectively.
Rihanna also becomes the first solo female artist to rack up two UK number one albums in the same year, equalling the record of Michael Jackson, REM, Elton John, Blondie and Robbie Williams, and to have six number one singles in five consecutive years.
She also still currently holds the record for most weeks at number one in the UK singles chart in 2011 with seven, which is one week away from equalling the Spice Girls’ career total.