Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' Album Debuts At #1
November 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM (PT)
Congratulations to IDJMG artist RIHANNA, as her 7th studio album "Unapologetic" becomes the first #1 SOUNDSCAN album of her career, debuting at #1 on the BILLBOARD 200 Albums Chart. The #1 debut comes on the heels of the fastest-rising single of RIHANNA's career, "Diamonds," which is #1 for a second week, and her whirlwind "7-7-7" tour.
“We are so proud and happy to deliver RIHANNA her first #1 album in the U.S.,” said STEVE BARTELS, Pres./COO of the ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP. “The team here really pulled together and gave this project their all. Along with our partners at ROC NATION, the IDJ family has always fought to solidify Rihanna’s place atop the pop landscape. Taking an unusually short runway and turning it to an advantage -- like the unprecedented 777 Tour -- is a testament to the teamwork, ingenuity, ethic, and belief in the legacy of this artist that showed in every single hand that touched this project.”
With the #1 success of “Diamonds,” RIHANNA overtook WHITNEY HOUSTON (with 11 #1s). She is now tied at 12 #1s with MADONNA and THE SUPREMES, trailing only THE BEATLES (20 #1s), MARIAH CAREY (18 #1’s), and MICHAEL JACKSON (13 #1’s).
For RIHANNA’s unprecedented “777 Tour,” she took a group of die-hard fans and a traveling international media corps of over 150 journalists representing 82 countries, aboard a chartered BOEING 777 twinjet to 7 concerts in 7 days in 7 countries, leading up to the UNAPOLOGETIC release day. The tour touched down in MEXICO CITY, TORONTO, STOCKHOLM, PARIS, BERLIN, LONDON and NEW YORK CITY.