Rihanna has racked up chart-topping hits faster than virtually any other artist in recording history, and this week she achieved a new milestone. Her song “Love on the Brain” reached number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100, which is her 30th top-10 hit. That’s more than Michael Jackson (29), and she’s now third on the list behind Madonna (38) and The Beatles (34). Elvis Presley has 36, but that includes the pre-Hot 100 era. And let’s not forget that Rihanna only just turned 29-years-old on February 20. At this pace she’ll break all remaining Billboard chart records by the time she’s 35.
Consider Rihanna’s other achievements. She has had 14 number-one singles on the Hot 100 chart, behind only the Beatles (20) and Mariah Carey (18). She has spent 60 cumulative week on top of the chart, also behind Carey (79). And she spent 46 consecutive weeks in the top 10 from 2010 to 2011, which put her behind Katy Perry (69), Drake (51) and Ace of Base (48).
Rihanna released her eighth studio album, “Anti,” in January 2016 and earned eight Grammy nominations. She went away empty handed at that event on February 12, but “Anti” has nevertheless been certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and produced three top-10 hits — including “Work” with Drake, which spent nine weeks at number-one.
So just imagine what she’ll do next year for her 30th birthday.