While she may have been popular from the jump, there’s no denying the powerful hand Roc Nation played in turning Rihanna into the Pop force she is today.
Of course, while this force has undoubtedly been driven by the work of her writers and producers and not her own ‘voice’, last year saw Riri showcase her ‘inner singer’ with ‘Unapologetic‘, crafted by the likes of Elijah Blake, Sia and Mike Will Made It.
This move, albeit long overdue, has now seen the star do what many of her contemporaries would find impossible and reach #1 on iTunes USA with a traditional ballad. A ballad, named ‘Stay‘.
Upon learning the song had reached #1, the Pop puppet shared:
Pushed by the release of its music video, ‘Stay’s chart glory goes a long way in proving that Rihanna is- and always will be- one of this generation’s strongest contenders.
For, as much her vocal inconsistency cheapens what would otherwise be a perfect brand, who else can boast of releasing LPs ever year that move no less than 1 million copies worldwide?
A statistical fact that kicks dust in the faces of many of her rivals, here’s hoping her new album takes her commercial value one step higher and secure a second #1 album that moves over 200k first week.
For, as much we can commend Ri for the success of ‘Stay’ and ‘Diamonds‘, the fact remains that her US first week numbers can look a little lowly when compared to that of Beyonce’s and Nicki Minaj‘s- both of whom have seen their lowest debut numbers best her own by 100k or so…with every release.