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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ Finally Passes 500,000 In Sales

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The chart-run of Rihanna‘s octonary opus, ‘Anti,’ has been nothing short of impressive…on the surface.

Excluding that confusing multi-“lead” single startup and #27 debut, the album has been a Billboard 200 juggernaut, not only capturing the top spot for multiple weeks since its February 2016 debut, but also only knowing a handful of weeks outside of the top 5 for the nearly 6 months its been available.

However, what appears a clear victory to chart-watchers has been achieved on the heels of some interesting supporting stats.  Even after earning an RIAA “double platinum” certification  (note:  some of the stats that make up this achievement include “free” downloads) and, later, a Nielsen-reported sales receipt confirming at least platinum status (a figure majorly made up of streams), Billboard confirms the ‘Work’-led work has only recently crossed the 500,000 mark…in pure sales.

Tragic or triumphant?  It’s a matter of perspective we suppose.

But, while the ‘Cheers’ singer and her team lift up a glass to ‘Anti’s continued “success,” we encourage you to tuck in below to check out who else is occupying the Billboard 200’s upper rankings alongside the Bajan beauty this week:

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Naomi Campbell Poses In Rihanna’s Puma Line

Legendary Supermodel Wows In Vogue Italia

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Rihanna’s venture into the world of fashion continues. The latest figure endorsing Puma’s newest creative? Naomi Campbell.

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Drake: “Rihanna Is The Greatest Entertainer In The World”

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Drake has always had great comedic timing and the rapper was in rare form last night at the OVO Fest.

The set, which saw him announce a joint album with Kanye West, also saw him joined on-stage by Rihanna.

When introducing his chart and bedroom collaborator, the Canadian drew on an interesting set of words.

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Product Vs. Promotion: Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Better’

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After a number of false starts courtesy of singles ‘FourFiveSeconds,’ ‘B*tch Better Have My Money,’ and ‘American Oxygen,’ Grammy winning pop diva Rihanna saw her 8th era finally get an official kickoff with the Drake-assisted single ‘Work.’  Skyrocketing to the top of the Hot 100 shortly after its debut, the Caribbean-kissed tune would at long last lead her faithful fans on the path to unlocking her octonary opus ‘Anti.’

Yet, while ‘Work’ won week after week atop the singles charts thanks to some serious sales and streaming, its parent album wasn’t exactly singing the same tune.  Living up to its apt titling by boasting a track list of some of her most sonically adventurous and daring work to date, initial critical and commercial reception almost seemed to reflect her fan base’s displeasure with the product and the long wait for its delivery.  Evidenced by a less than impressive #27 debut on the Billboard 200, the project’s promotional campaign didn’t help matters and left many-a-head scratched (see: free downloads, “platinum status,” etc.).

But, as officially counted streaming figures helped float the island beauty’s 8th project to the upper rankings of Billboard 200, fans continued to whine their waists to ‘Work’ with hopes its follow-up, ‘Kiss It Better,’ would be just what the doctor ordered to remedy the era’s shortcomings.

However, time would prove the suggestion a misdiagnosis:

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Rihanna Covers ‘W Magazine’ As Post-Apocalyptic Queen

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Rihanna may not be accustomed to slaying stages, but there’s no denying that she knows how to razzle and dazzle in front of a camera.

Such is the case on the cover of W Magazine‘s September issue, where the 28-year-old stuns as a post-apocalyptic queen.

Lensed by Steven Klein, the edgy shoot is the latest of many lined up to promote the diva’s eighth studio album ‘ANTI.’

Slim on sales, the project has managed only 500k in the US since January. On the relative upside, it’s been a streaming force. Though, the differential between those willing to purchase the LP and those content to hit play only as part of a monthly streaming package is both glaring and telling. Especially in an era where her argued contemporaries such as Drake and Beyonce are managing both.

Will this new shoot help make ‘ANTI’s x2 “Platinum” plaque less of a punchline? Who knows.

What is is certain is that a fierce photoshoot awaits after the jump…

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Watch: Drake & Rihanna Deliver ‘Too Good’ Live At The ‘OVO Festival’

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Rihanna & Drake continue to generate attention for their respective new releases this week by performing their collaborative cut ‘Too Good‘ live for the very first time.

Where?

At the latter’s ‘OVO Festival.’

It was there, as the vocalist makes her way towards the release of her ninth studio album, did she join the rapper on stage to deliver a minimalistic yet enjoyable live serving of the jam which appears on his latest studio set ‘VIEWS.’

Take the leap below to catch your first very look at ‘Too Good’ live!

 

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New Video: Rihanna – ‘Goodnight Gotham’

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In December 2014 Rihanna made her way to Paris to shoot a visual that has never seen the light of day…until now.

Yes, this week has coughed up the visual for the number ‘Goodnight Gotham‘ which appears on her latest album ‘ANTI’ before she is expected to attend this year’s MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.

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