Rihanna has earned her first ever No.1 album in the US with Unapologetic debuting at the top of the Billboard 200.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 238,000 in its first week to become the star’s first chart topper in her career despite being so prolific in the singles market. The album’s Diamonds is Rihanna’s 12th No.1 single.
The singer can also claim her best week of album sales to date thanks to Apologetic. Previously, that milestone was marked by 2010’s Loud, which sold 207,000 copies but only managed to launch at No.3.
Despite being one of the most successful artists today, Rihanna's excitement at reaching the album milestone was plain to see on Twitter last night:
"Wait!!!!! What the F***?!!!!
#UNAPOLOGETIC just debuted at #1 in AMERICA!!!!! My first number 1 album there!!! Thank you Navy, u deserve it"
The absence of the singer’s latest LP on streaming services suggests that Team Rihanna could be hoping to capitalise on traditional sales initially.
With Diamonds being withheld from the likes of Spotify, Deezer and Rdio, the debate surrounding the effectiveness of ‘windowing’ has been opened once again.