Rihanna Breaks Record UK Singles & Albums

Rihanna has become the first female artist to simultaneously top the UK singles and albums charts twice in a year.

The Bajan popstar achieved the feat after “We Found Love”, featuring Calvin Harris, won its sixth week at the head of the singles chart, while new album “Talk That Talk” has also gone straight to number one, selling over 160,000 copies in its first week of release.

Rihanna previously did the same in January, when “What’s My Name”, featuring Drake, and “Loud” topped the singles and albums chart respectively.

Rihanna also becomes the first solo female artist to rack up two UK number one albums in the same year, equalling the record of Michael Jackson, REM, Elton John, Blondie and Robbie Williams, and to have six number one singles in five consecutive years.

She also still currently holds the record for most weeks at number one in the UK singles chart in 2011 with seven, which is one week away from equalling the Spice Girls’ career total.

Rihanna cements her place in the Official Charts history books this week becoming the only female artist ever to achieve the Official Singles and Albums Chart double twice in the same year with different singles and albums.  She’s also broken a flurry of additional chart records in the process.

Today, We Found Love ft Calvin Harris nails a sixth week as the Official Singles Chart Number 1, after a fiercely fought battle with the new Olly Murs single Dance With Me Tonight, and new album Talk That Talk, her sixth studio release, soars straight to the summit of the Official Albums Chart selling over 160,000 copies in week 1 to become one of the fastest sellers of the year.  In January, Rihanna landed the double with single What’s My Name ft Drake and album Loud.

The last time an act achieved this feat was in May 1972, 39 years and 6 months ago, when T Rex’s single Metal Guru and album Bolan Boogie simultaneously topped the charts, three months after single Telegram Sam and album Electric Warrior achieved the same feat. Gary Numan achieved the “double double” in 1979 but the first time was with his group Tubeway Army (single, Friends Electric; album, Replicas) and the second time as a solo artist (single, Cars; album Pleasure Principle).

Rihanna breaks yet another record, by bagging two different Number 1 albums in the same year, Rihanna becomes the first female solo artist in Official Albums Chart history to do so joining the likes of high musical achievers Michael Jackson, REM, Elton John, Blondie and Robbie Williams.

Rihanna continues to push forward on last week’s achievement of overtaking Adele to spend the greatest number of weeks of any artist at Number 1 in the Official Singles Chart in 2011.  Today’s chart brings the total to 7 weeks for this year, and a career total of 21 weeks (excluding other artists’ tracks that Rihanna has featured on as guest vocalist), that’s one week away from equaling the Spice Girls career total.

The Beatles still hold the record in this field with a staggering 63 weeks at Number 1.

We Found Love gave the US-Barbadian singer a phenomenal sixth Number 1 in five consecutive years, a record unequalled by any other female solo artist, when it first claimed the Official Singles Chart title seven weeks ago.  The song has never been out of the Top 3 since its release.

Though not a chart record, Rihanna today has an impressive 20 individual entries in the Official Singles Chart – 17 solo releases and three tracks featuring Rihanna as a guest vocalist.  Two of these make the Official Singles Top 10We Found Love ft. Calvin Harris, and Drake’s Take Care at Number 9.

Michael Jackson had 37 entries following his passing in 2009, 42 including Jackson 5 tracks.

We Found Love follows Rihanna’s previous Number 1s What’s My Name (Jan, 2011), Only Girl (In The World) (2010), Run This Town (2009), Take A Bow (2008) and Umbrella (2007).  She has also scored five Top 10 Albums including the Number Ones Good Girl Gone Bad (2008), Loud (2010) and Talk That Talk (2011).


1 (1) – We Found Love (6 weeks #1)
9 (12) – Take Care [New Peak]
25 (NEW ENTRY) – Talk That Talk /ft Jay-Z
39 (NEW ENTRY) – You Da One


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