As her 777 tour wound down last week, “Diamonds” became Rihanna’s 12th chart topping single, making Rihanna the pop star with the most No. 1 singles ever, an unusual honor when you consider that she had yet to put out a chart topping album to match. But this week that’s changed, as Unapologetic lands atop the charts this week, earning the star yet another plaque for her wall and her first ever No. 1 album. Seventh time’s a charm?
The good, bad and definitely about Chris Brown album debuts this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 238,000 copies sold. Which isn’t an incredible debut week, especially given Taylor Swift‘s insane 1.2 million or Mumford & Sons 600,000 or even Kendrick Lamar‘s none too shabby 242,122 albums sold showings, but it’s good enough to get Rihanna her first No. 1 album and to bring “legit” tears to her eyes. It’s a little bit hard to believe that this is the first time, but Unapologetic is also the first album release that she’s celebrated mid-air with hundreds of fans and journalists — so probably that Rihannairplane has paid itself off?
Elsewhere in Charts-land, Adele‘s 21 now shines bright with Diamond status having finally surpassed the 10 million copies sold in the U.S. mark. And by “finally” we really mean “oh wow, already?” because she moved all those albums in just two years, a feat so incredible only eight other acts — *NSYNC, Alanis Morissette and Creed, for three — have accomplished before her.
Rihanna Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart [Billboard]
Adele ’21′ Hits 10 Million In US Sales [Billboard]