Chart Watch: Rihanna Scores Sixth No. 1

      Rihanna notches her sixth No. 1 hit this week as "Rude Boy" ascends 4-1.  In less than five years, the singer has accumulated double the amount of chart toppers Britney Spears has got in ten years, and three times the amount of the ubiquitous Lady Gaga (despite what Gaga's little monsters say).  How does she do it?

     Rihanna tends to do well in the spring.  The emerging sunshine and melting snow begs you to roll down your windows and blast bouncy Barbadian pop as you drive down the freeway.  Her first No. 1, "S.O.S.", topped the chart in May 2006, "Umbrella" in early June 2007, and "Take A Bow" in May 2008.

     The singer has never really done well with album sales.  Not only has she never topped the album chart, but her best selling album, Good Girl Gone Bad, only managed to go double platinum thanks to a re-release that included "Take A Bow" and "Disturbia" along with "Umbrella" and skads of other hits.  The average consumer doesn't see Rihanna as an album artist, they see her as a singles artist worth dropping $1.29 for every so often.

     But like I said, she's racked up six No. 1s in less than five years.  And on top of that, she's scored 12 top ten hits.  She's got an amazing batting average.  In fact, only three of her singles have missed the top ten.

     While her record label is probably hoping girlfriend will shift some more albums, at least they're accumulating quite a collection of hits for her inevitable "No. 1s" greatest hits collection.  With six No. 1s under her belt, Rihanna pulls ahead of Beyonce in the tally for most chart toppers by a female artist.  She is currently tied in fifth place with Diana Ross and Paula Abdul.

1. "Rude Boy" - Rihanna
2. "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum
3. "Break Your Heart" - Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
4. "Imma Be" - Black Eyed Peas
5. "Nothin' On You" - B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
6. "Hey, Soul Sister" - Train
7. "BedRock" - Young Money feat. Lloyd
8. "Tik Tok" - Ke$ha
9. "Telephone" - Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
10. "In My Head" - Jason DeRulo


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