By Dan Lane
Not content with headlining Radio 1's Hackney Weekend - the BBC's biggest ever outdoor music concert - Rihanna can now add the mammoth feat of 20 million record sales to her list of career achievements here in the UK!
RiRi has now sold a staggering combined total of 20 million singles and albums on UK turf, according to the latest Official Charts Company's sales data.
It has been just under seven years since her debut UK hit, Pon De Replay, reached Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart; since then, the 24-year-old singer has sold over 14 million singles and over six million albums in the United Kingdom.
Rihanna has not only had phenomenal success with her solo material, but is also famed for her prolific collaborations with artists such as Drake, Kanye West and fellow Hackney Weekend headliner Jay-Z. *1
The Bajan superstar's biggest UK hit single to date is 2011's We Found Love FT Calvin Harris, which has now sold over 1.14 million copies. In fact, We Found Love is one of THREE different singles on which Rihanna features that have smashed the hallowed 1 million sales milestone (the other two being 2010's Love The Way You Lie, appearing with Eminem, and Only Girl (In The World)).
Rihanna cemented her place in the Official Charts history books in November last year by becoming the only female artist ever to achieve the Official Singles and Official Albums Chart double TWICE in the same year with different singles and albums. The albums that helped her pull off this feat - 2010's Loud and her most recent collection Talk That Talk, both hit the Number 1 spot in 2011 and went on to sell 1.8m and 850,000 copies, respectively. Though it is 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad that takes the title of her biggest selling album in the UK, having racked up a cool 1.85m sales on these shores to date.
The Official Charts Company's Managing Director, Martin Talbot says: "Rihanna's record, in selling more than 20 million singles and albums in the space of seven years, is truly staggering. There certainly must have been something in the water when she - and Adele three months later - was born in Spring 1988!"
And if all that's not enough of a CV for somebody who is still only 24 YEARS OLD, Rihanna is also the only female artist in the history of the Official Charts to have featured on five Number 1 singles in five consecutive years (2007's Umbrella, 2008's Take A Bow, 2009's Run This Town, 2010's Only Girl In The World, and 2011's We Found Love), and is the 10th bigest selling artists in the 60-year history of the Official Singles Chart.
Wow, Rihanna and the ever-dedicated Rihanna Navy - WE SALUTE YOU!
Rihanna's Official Top 10 biggest-selling tracks are as follows:
|01||Rihanna FT Calvin Harris||We Found Love|
|02||Eminem FT Rihanna||Love The Way You Lie|
|03||Rihanna||Only Girl (In The World)|
|04||Rihanna FT Drake||What's My Name|
|05||Rihanna FT Jay-Z||Umbrella|
|08||David Guetta FT Rihanna||Who's That Chick|
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*1 - The 20 million sales figure counts Rihanna’s entire body of work - including tracks as a solo artist, lead artist of a collaboration and Rihanna as a featured artist.