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Rihanna equals Madonna’s chart record with Unapologetic

25/11/2012

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Rihanna Unapologetic

By Brand Barstein, Lauren Kreisler, Dan Lane

Rihanna makes it a staggering three Number 1 albums in three years as Unapologetic follows in the footsteps of last year’s Talk That Talk and 2010’s Loud by going all the way to the top of the Official Albums Chart with UK sales of almost 100,000 copies this week.

Congratulations to RiRi who has now equalled Queen of Pop Madonna’s chart record for female artist with the most consecutive Number 1 albums. They share this achievement with fellow solo artists Eva Cassidy, Susan Boyle, Avril Lavigne and Norah Jones.

Unapologetic is Rihanna’s fourth Number 1 album overall (her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, also peaked at Number 1 back in 2007), and completes an amazing 12 months for the Bajan superstar. In the UK alone, she’s sold over three million singles, and has become the second biggest selling female singles artist of all time (behind Madonna). And she’s still only 24!

One Directon are at Number 2 with Take Me Home, while fellow X Factor alumni Little Mix enter the Official Albums Chart at Number 3 with debut album DNA, becoming this week’s second highest new entry.

Led Zeppelin’s live album Celebration Day is at Number 4, while Michael Bublé completes this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 5 with the deluxe version of last year’s biggest-selling seasonal album Christmas.

New Entries

In addition to Rihanna, Little Mix, Led Zeppelin and Michael Bublé, there are four new entries on this week’s Official Albums Chart. Standing Ovation – The Greatest Songs, a new compilation from Susan Boyle enters at Number 7, while London MC Example finishes the week at Number 13 with third album The Evolution Of Man.

Having re-entered the Official Singles Chart this week, AC/DC’s Live at River Plate is at Number 14, while I Will Always Love You – The Best Of Whitney Houston finishes the week at Number 29.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows:

1 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
2 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
3 DNA LITTLE MIX
4 CELEBRATION DAY LED ZEPPELIN
5 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
6 MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY ROD STEWART
7 STANDING OVATION - THE GREATEST SONGS SUSAN BOYLE
8 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
9 MAGIC OF THE MOVIES ANDRE RIEU & JOHANN STRAUSS OR
10 TAKE THE CROWN ROBBIE WILLIAMS

© 2012 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

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