Is Rihanna worthy of the gold throne she’s seated in, in the above photo? Billboard thinks so as they’ve chosen her as the top pop artist of the last 20 years. With only seven years under her belt Rihanna beat out veterans Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Usher and Celine Dion. As far as her peers she toppled her bestie Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Chris Brown. Part of Riri’s success can be attributed to her ability to dish out catchy hit after hit. Her hooks hook you. No pun intended. The chorus and hooks immediately come to mind when you hear just the titles of “We Found Love,” “Where Have You Been,” “Umbrella,” “Birthday Cake” and countless others. Is Rihanna’s formula for mastering an infectious song why she leaves her counterparts slouching in the dust?
Another component of Rih’s success is attributed to her devoted navy. Her mentor, Jay-Z, once said, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” Her chart numbers are indisputable. She has the most chart appearances with 34, most top 10s with 21 and the most No. 1s racking up nine. Her talent or lack thereof depending on who you ask has been the subject of criticism many times. That hasn’t stopped the singer from putting out an album every year since she’s come out excluding 2008. Rihanna is a superstar, and perhaps always had the “it” factor that makes one a successful pop singer. We adore her. Do you think she’s the best pop star in the past 20 years? Be sure to tell us why or why not in the comment section. Speak your piece.
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