Rihanna's New Year just got better. The "We Found Love" pop star was named this week as the top ranking artist on Nielsen SoundScan's Top Ten Selling Digital Artists list.
On the chart that tracks digital sales from July 4, 2004 to January 1, 2012, Rihanna is credited with selling 47.5 million units. A part of Rihanna's success can be attributed to her volume of works. She has released six albums, beginning with 2005's "Music of the Sun," over the course of the tracking period.
Rihanna is more than 5 million sold digital tracks ahead of her closest contenders, the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and Lady Gaga, who have each sold in the 42 million range. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Kanye West, and Britney Spears round out the top 10 list.
Despite Rihanna's overall ranking, she did not place, however, on the Top Ten Selling Digital Songs or Top Ten Selling Digital Albums lists. The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga have two songs each on the digital songs ranking.
The Black Eyed Peas's "I Got A Feeling" is the top selling digital song with 7.6 million sales, and "Boom Boom Pow" is No. 4 with 6.2 million sales. Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and "Just Dance" hold the No. 2 and No. 3 slots with 6.5 and 6.4 million sales, respectively.
Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift earned double entries on the Top Ten Selling Digital Albums chart. Gaga's "Fame" is the fourth top selling digital album with 1 million units sold, and "Born This Way" is fifth with 877,000. Swift's "Fearless" is No. 7, having amassed digital sales of 785,000, and her most recent effort, "Speak Now," is No. 10 with 681,000.
Aside from the chart record announcements, the week was filled with couples news. Justin Timberlake's private December proposal to girlfriend Jessica Biel was revealed. Aretha Franklin opened up about her plans to wed boyfriend Willie Wilkerson, and Steven Tyler, 63, confirmed his engagement to Erin Brady, 38. Even Sinead O'Connor reconsidered ending her new marriage to Barry Herridge.
The week also saw Van Halen perform a VIP show in New York that offered a preview of what fans will see when they kick off their national tour in February. And Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, and their infant twins's Aspen vacation was interrupted when Cannon was hospitalized for kidney problems.
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THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 MUSIC NEWS STORIES
1) Greatest Of All Time -- Rihanna sets digital sales record.
3) Reunited -- Reformed Van Halen performs intimate NYC gig.
4) Urgent Care -- Nick Cannon suffers "mild kidney failure."
5) The Power Of Love -- Sinead O'Connor calls off divorce.