At this point, Rihanna‘s name will be so scribbled across music history books they should just categorize everything by “records Rih has broken” and “records Rih has not broken” (we’re sure the latter may only be one page).
Just two weeks after learning her latest release, ‘Love on the Brain,’ broke a Michael Jackson and Madonna Hot 100 record (read more about that by clicking here), the ‘Anti’ songstress has now learned she’s surpassed the stats of another highly revered musical monarch: King of Rock N’ Roll Elvis Presley.
As we reported here 9 months ago, Rih tied Presley’s historic Hot 100 Top 5 record when her Calvin Harris-helmed hit, ‘This Is What You Came For,’ worked its way into the chart’s upper quintet of positions. Now, with the upgrade of ‘Brain,’ she leaves the ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ hitmaker in her rearview…
Rihanna breaks out of a fifth-place tie with Elvis Presley (who tallied 21 top fives after the Hot 100’s 1958 inception; his career predates the Hot 100, as he first hit Billboard charts in 1956).
Not counting the King’s pre-Hot 100 hits, Rih has left the iconic singer behind in history books to join an exclusive list of female singers. Among the top 5 solo artists, the ‘Needed Me’ maestra is now #4 on the all time list – with only Janet, Mariah, and Madonna separating her from topping it.
Here’s an updated count of the top 10 artists with the most top five hits on the Hot 100 all-time [via Billboard]:
29, The Beatles
26, Mariah Carey
24, Janet Jackson
21, Elvis Presley
20, Michael Jackson
20, Stevie Wonder
19, Elton John
19, Whitney Houston
Note: Of Rihanna’s 22 top 5 hits, only five of them were as a featured artist.
Check in later this week when we provide the updated ‘Chart Check’ to reflect its latest refreshment.