History repeats itself this week, with Maroon 5’s Christina Aguilera collaboration Moves Like Jagger seemingly set fair to move up to number one after five straight weeks at number two – but being cruelly denied at the death by Rihanna’s We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris), the introductory single from her new album Talk That Talk.
Rihanna’s sixth number one (and Harris’ third), We Found Love wasn’t released until Wednesday but racked up four day sales of 87,573, while Moves Like Jagger is bridesmaid for the sixth time in a row, on sales of 82,128 – its second best yet.
Since first hitting the chart a little over six years ago, Rihanna has placed 31 songs on the Top 75, 26 of them reaching the Top 20, and has racked up overall sales of 10,911,982 singles. We Found Love isn’t the only addition to her tally of Top 20 hits this week: Fly – by Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna – jumps 24-16 (21,377 sales). Before We Found Love was released, a spoiler version by The Cover Girl, climbed as high as number 28 on the midweeks. It eventually sold 5,676 copies to debut at number 54.