Week Ending Nov. 18, 2012. Songs: Rihanna Ties Madonna
Rihanna lands her 12th #1 hit on the Hot 100 with "Diamonds." Only two other female solo artists have amassed 12 or more #1 hits. Mariah Carey leads the pack with 18. Rihanna is now tied with Madonna for second place with 12. Remarkably, even after all these hits, Rihanna has yet to turn 25. By contrast, Madonna turned 25 two months before she landed her first Hot 100 hit, "Holiday."
If you combine solo and group hits, Diana Ross ties Carey with 18 #1 hits. If you throw in group members, Mary Wilson (who sang alongside Ross in the Supremes) ties Rihanna with 12 #1 hits. But that's it. No other female artists (soloists or group members) have amassed 12 #1 hits.
The Beatles have held the record for the most #1 hits in the rock era since they landed their 18th #1, "Come Together," in November 1969. That was the hit that put them ahead of Elvis Presley, who had landed his 17th (and last) #1, "Suspicious Minds," just four weeks earlier. The Beatles quickly added two more #1 hits to their tally for a total of 20. Will Rihanna one day equal the Fab Four? She's just eight #1 hits away. Stay tuned.
Rihanna will turn 25 on Feb. 20. Only two other individuals in chart history have amassed a dozen #1 hits before their 25th birthdays. George Harrison was just 23 in June 1966 when the Beatles landed their 12th #1, "Paperback Writer." His band-mate Paul McCartney had just turned 24. (John Lennon and Ringo Starr were both 25.)
"Diamonds" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Rihanna's fourth song to sell 1 million or more copies in 2012. This puts her in a three-way tie with Adele and Pitbull for the most million-sellers by any artist so far this year. (Having a one-word name seems to help.) "Diamonds" also holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the seventh straight week.
"Diamonds" hit #1 in the U.K. in October. It's Rihanna's sixth song to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K., which puts her in a tie with Elvis Presley for the most transatlantic #1s by a solo artist. Rihanna previously topped the charts in both countries with "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), "Take A Bow," "Only Girl In The World," "What's Your Name" (featuring Drake) and "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris).
Presley topped the charts in both countries with "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock," "It's Now Or Never," "Are You Lonesome To-night?," "Surrender" and "Good Luck Charm."