Rihanna may be the real “single lady.” Her single “S&M,” lifted from her latest album Loud, has landed atop the Billboard Hot 100, granting the Barbadian songstress her 10th No. 1 on the coveted chart.
According to Billboard, Rihanna, who logged her first No. 1 back in 2006 for the single “SOS,” is the fastest solo artist to garner 10 number ones in such a short time span in the chart’s 52-year history. The four years, 11 months duration breaks Mariah Carey’s record of five-years, four-months. Rihanna trails only the Beatles (one year, eight months and one week) and the Supremes (two years, eight months and three weeks) for the fastest accumulation of 10 Hot 100 No. 1s.
Rihanna, 23, is also the youngest artist to accomplish ten No. 1s. She also ties Janet Jackson for ten No. 1s and follows behind Carey (18), Madonna (12) and Whitney Houston (11).
The lift for the “S&M single comes on the heels of the remix with pop superstar Britney Spears. The combined digital sales of the original song and the remix logged 293,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.