Rihanna equals Madonna UK chart record, ‘Unapologetic’ debuts at No. 1

By Daniel S Levine,

Rihanna’s latest album, Unapologetic, debuted at the top of the UK charts, helping her equal a chart record also held by Madonna, Norah Jones and Eva Cassidy.

According to Billboard, Rihanna joins Jones, Madonna and Cassidy as the only female artists to have three straight albums debut at No. 1.

Rihanna’s first No. 1 UK album came with 2007’s Good Girl Gone Bad, but 2009’s Rated R only reached No. 9. Her streak started with 2010’s Loud and continued with last year’s Talk That Talk and now Unapologetic. The album sold 100,000 copies.

Over at the UK singles charts, “Diamonds” is at No. 10, while “Right Now” is at No. 36, “Nobody's Business” is at No. 63 and “Half of Me” is at No. 75.

X Factor’s Olly Moss reached No. 1 on the singles chart with “Troublemaker,” which features Flo Rida, reports Reuters. Girls Aloud’s “Something New” reached No. 2, the Official Charts Company said.

One Direction’s Take Me Home slipped to No. 2 on the album charts with 72,000 copies sold. Little Mix’s DNA and Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day followed.

Surprisingly, the Now! That's What I Call Music 83 compilation sold a stunning 295,000 copies in its first week. The album topped the compilation chart.

We’ll have to wait until later in the week for US sales, when Billboard releases its numbers.



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