When Rihanna arrived on the scene in 2005, as one of Jay-Z's proteges, with the dance hit "Pon de Replay," she seemed promising but far from the global megastar she has become.
This week, she makes chart history as "We Found Love" becomes her 20th Top 10 single (and her 11th No. 1). 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 in a statement. "With Rihanna achieving her historic 11th Hot 100 No. 1 single, she continues to be a class unto herself. It's rare and wonderful to see a hit maker of Rihanna's talent and consistency."
Of course, RiRi is far from done. Her sixth album, "Talk That Talk," featuring "We Found Love," is set to arrive on Nov. 21 and will likely spawn more Top 10 hits.
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