It seems that Rihanna has finally proven that she is a star to her haters. For years, people have complained that she has yet to write or co-write any of her songs but that all changed when she released her seventh studio album Unapologetic, on November 19th. The singer helped pen eight of the 15 tracks on the album, including my personal favorite “Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary.”
But that isn’t all that the Bajan beauty has a reason to be excited for, she has also finally earned her FIRST #1 album in the country. According to Billboard, the album sold a total of 238,000 copies in its first week. This also serves as her best sales week in her career, surpassing 2010′s Loud, which launched with 207,000 copies and debuting at #3 on the the chart.
Her first album, Music of the Sun, debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart, and spent a total of 35 weeks on the chart, before sending the star on a frenzy less than six months later with her second album, A Girl Like Me, which debuted and peaked at #5 with 115,000 copies in its first week. A Girl Like Me also serves as the first of five albums to be certified platinum or more for the singer.
Rihanna isn’t the first artist to have a nice string of hits and top 10 album debuts without a #1. P!nk, who has been in the music industry for mroe than 10 years, didn’t get her first #1 album until the release of her sixth effort, The Truth About Love, with 281,000 copies in its first week. To date, the album has been certified Gold by RIAA after selling more than half a million units in the US only. Thoughts?