When Rihanna arrived on the scene in 2005, as one of Jay-Z's protegees, with the dance hit “Pon de Replay,” she seemed promising, but far from the global mega-star she has become.
Next week, she makes chart history, as her new single “We Found Love” hits No. 1 and becomes her 20th Top 10 single. She has amassed the 20 hits in six years and four months – the shortest time the feat has ever been accomplished by a solo artist, according to Billboard.com. (Madonna previously held the record, knocking out 20 Top 10 hits in six years and nine months in the '80s.)
Only The Beatles have racked up that many Top 10 hits faster – taking only two years and seven months in those early days of the British Invasion starting in 1964.
“We are watching history in the making,” Island Def Jam president and chief operating officer Steve Bartels said Wednesday in a statement. “With Rihanna achieving her historic eleventh Hot 100 No. 1 single, she continues to be a class unto herself. It's rare and wonderful to see a hitmaker of Rihanna's talent and consistency.”
Of course, RiRi (pictured, above, at Nassau Coliseum in July) is far from done. Her sixth album, “Talk That Talk,” featuring “We Found Love,” is set to arrive Nov. 21 and will likely spawn more Top 10 hits.