GUNS UP, NAVY.
Illuminati Navy Princess Rihanna, soon-to-be mother of a polka-dot zebra, has just leaped from #16 to #9 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, which officially scores the Barbadian beauty her 20th Top 10 hit of all time.
Rihanna roars to a 20th Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single faster than any other solo artist, as “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, darts 16-9 in its second chart week.
Having first graced the Hot 100 the week of June 11, 2005, with the eventual No. 2-peaking “Pon De Replay,” Rihanna reaches 20 top 10s in a span of just six years and four months, besting Madonna for the quickest collection of top 10s among soloists (from an artist’s first Hot 100 appearance) in the chart’s 53-year history. Madonna tallied her 20th top 10, “Hanky Panky,” the week of July 28, 1990, for a stretch of six years and nine months after her chart introduction with “Holiday.” Rihanna, thus, bests Madonna’s mark by five months.
The Top 10 charting of “We Found Love” also finds RiRi notching some new records, including the second fastest run to a string of 20 Top 10 hits (sitting comfortably in between The Beatles and The Supremes), and the distinction of being the 14th artist in history (the 5th woman overall, with Madonna reigning on top) to have 20 Top 10 hits.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: Brad, I don’t ‘get’ your fancy-pants talk about numbers and charts. I NEED VISUALS! What does this all mean for that Rihanna reign?!
Fear not: I’ve prepared a diagram to help process the information…
“We Found Love” was released on September 22. (iTunes)