The first artist ever to hit 100 million digital sales
JULY 2015 – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Rihanna has received more than 100 million (count that, 100 million) gold and platinum song certifications — a record that beats both Taylor Swift (88 million) and Katy Perry (78 million).
One of three artists to spend more than 1000 weeks on Billboard Hot 100
Rihanna is the third artist after Chris Brown (1168 weeks) and Drake (1130 week) who has spent the most time in Billboard Hot 100 charts. Rihanna’s singles were present at the charts for 1012 weeks.
The youngest and fastest solo artist to accomplish thirteen number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Billboard named her the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade and the top Hot 100 artist of the 2010s decade
First ever to receive Icon Award
During 2013 American Music Awards
The solo artist with the fastest accumulation of ten chart toppers.
“S&M” reached number one on the Hot 100 following the release of its official remix featuring Britney Spears, becoming her tenth number one single, which tied her with Janet Jackson for fourth place among female soloists who have topped the chart. With only four years, eleven months, and two weeks between her first and tenth number one on the chart.
Longest-running number one single of 2011
“We Found Love”, topped charts in twenty-seven countries worldwide, peaking in the top ten in thirty countries and breaking many records worldwide. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks, becoming Rihanna’s longest-running number one single. The song was later named the 24th biggest hit of all time on the Billboard Hot 100.
The first woman to receive MTV Video Music Award for Video of The Year more than once
In September 2012, “We Found Love” won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year
The artists’ with the fourth most number ones on the chart’s history
“Diamonds”, reached number one in more than twenty countries worldwide, including on the US Billboard Hot 100, her twelfth number one on the chart which tied her with Madonna and The Supremes as the artists’ with the fourth most number ones on the chart’s history.
One of three acts to have scored a number one single each year over seven consecutive years
In October 2013, Eminem released his Rihanna-assisted single, “The Monster”, the fourth release from his eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013). With the song entering the UK Singles Chart at number one, Rihanna joined Elvis Presley and The Beatles as just one of three acts to have scored a number one single each year over seven consecutive years in the chart’s history.
The third most number ones in the chart’s 55-year history
“The Monster” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, which marked Rihanna’s thirteenth chart topper, tying her with Michael Jackson for the third most number ones in the chart’s 55-year history.