Rihanna Beats Beyonce On Billboard

Published: Thursday 17th Nov 2011 by David

 

When Rihanna‘s latest single ‘We Found Love’  remained at  the top of the US singles chart last week, it became the 36th week the performer had spent atop that chart since her debut.

This of course came much to the horror of Beyonce fans as it meant the pair were now tied for having spent the same amount of time at #1.

Now- as of this chart week- the pair are no longer tied. For, the ‘S&M‘ singer has now impressively  bested  the 36 week record she once shared with Knowles.

Find out how below…

As ‘Love’ is  the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, Fenty has now spent 37 weeks atop this chart, surpassing her own and beating Beyonce‘s record by one week.

This is not the first time this single has helped the entertainer make music history.

When it rose to the top on the sixth week of its US release, it became her 11th to date- tying her with Whitney Houston to have just as many #1 singles in the country, placing her third behind Madonna who has 12 and Mariah Carey who has 18.

Well done!

Undoubtedly one of her more commendable feats, there is little doubt that when Ms. Fenty is the single’s Queen of this generation.

However,  it should be noted that while Beyonce was able to achieve 36 weeks at #1 with just 5 singles, Rihanna  was only able to achieve this with 11.

Either way, let’s just hope the RihannaNavy are just as vigilant when it comes to purchasing copies of ‘Talk That Talk‘ next week.

Because, without a #1 album to her name, it will be quite some time before this Pop tart will ever be able to match the commercial feats scored by a woman who has proved time and time again that when it comes to music- quality will always surpass quantity.

 

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  1. bobby November 17, 2011

    beyonce did that with only 5 songs….unlike miss get britney on a track for a number one…..

  2. BeyFan November 17, 2011

    Took Rihanna 11 singles to do what Beyonce did with 5.

    Plus none of her singles have the longevity Bey’s did

    #WEAREUNBOTHERED

  3. kimberly November 17, 2011

    5 singles 36 wks
    11 singles 37 wks

    #pow POOR S*** TIME TO CHOOSE QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

  4. Ms Lovely November 17, 2011

    LMAO!!!! Oh shade in this post is thick. LOL @ Rihanna needing 11 #1s songs just to surpass the 36 weeks by Beyonce set with just 5 #1s. Basically majority of Rihanna’s #1s are all short lived. I don’t see her scoring #1 album this time around, the competition is tough,with Mary,Adele & Michael Jackson(plus it Looks like Drake will be spending a 2nd week @ #1)

  5. kimberly November 17, 2011

    WAIT AND WHITNEY HAS 12? BRAVO TO THOSE ARTIST WHO ACCOMPLISHED ALL THEIR SUCCESS WITHOUT THE HELP OF ITUNES, FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AND PAYOLA. NO ONE CARES NOW. LOOK AT THE MUSIC QUALITY FROM BEYONCE, WHITNEY AND MARIAH. VERY QUESTIONABLE. NO WONDER MUSIC BY PASS THAT THEY DON’T TAKE THIS S*** SERIOUSLY

    ARTIST NOW NEED TO STOP PAYOLA . RIHANNA CAREER HAS BEEN ON PAYOLA FOR THE LONGEST WHILE.

  6. Ms Lovely November 17, 2011

    *edit*

    LMAO!!!! Oh the shade in this post is thick. LOL @ Rihanna needing 11 #1s songs just to surpass the 36 weeks,set by Beyonce with just 5 #1s. Basically majority of Rihanna’s #1s are all short lived and disposable. I don’t see her scoring #1 album this time around, the competition is tough,with Mary,Adele & Michael Jackson(plus it Looks like Drake will be spending a 2nd week @ #1)

  7. The-Truth November 17, 2011

    YASSSS Rihanna is the Queen and she will continue to SLAY. Beyonce is OVER!!!!

    • Kevin June 30, 2015

      Sorry to burst your bubble but riri did that with 11 singles whereas bey did that with only 5 singles so bey rules and p.s it’s QUEEN BEY not queen ririwhatever

  8. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    I luv how TGJ waits until EVERYBODY IS ASLEEP to post this.
    And I betcha u ll make sure to have plenty more post early tomorrow morning to cover this deep.

    REALLY PATHETIC.

  9. The-Truth November 17, 2011

    The RIhanna Navy are Classy Girls with Money, while the Bey stans are Broke welfare queens lol

  10. Pop Royalty (RUDE BOY) November 17, 2011

    anything for hits @Sam ?!!

    I took a week off your boring s***** blog and u still RECYCLING your own OLD tricks ?!

    seriously , the Beyhive vs. Rihannanavy Stan war is so f***** tired , cuz we all know who’s stanbase going harder for their FAv !

    RIHANNANAVY

  11. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    Beyonce 35 charted songs, 36 weeks at #1
    Rihanna 37 charted songs, 37weeks at #1 (with more to come)

    And I knwo the Bey.H.I.Vs are not even bringing up featurings when Beyawnce only has 2 solo singles that hit #1(Irrepleaceable & Single Ladie) and had to wait YEARS to be able to do that.

  12. MISHKA November 17, 2011

    “much to the horror of Beyonce fans”

    _______________________________

    So much to start STAN WARS. Step your game up TGJ, not just the layout design…

    I’m a BeyStan and I ain’t mad.

    While Rih is doing her thing with her singles, Queen Bey is polishing her 16 grammies and her $ 5 million ring. How u doing?

    The only way Rihanna can win me over again as a fan is if she tackles Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’ again. That’s what I want for Xmas, gurl!

  13. JJFan1814 November 17, 2011

    Awwww

    Sam, did you bump your English head and forgot how much her albums sell???? GGGB 10 million, Rated R 3 mil, Loud 5 mil….

    OH OK

  14. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    Most cumulative weeks at number one

    #1 79 – Elvis Presley
    #1 79 – Mariah Carey
    #3 59 – The Beatles
    #4 50 – Boyz II Men
    #5 47 – Usher

    #6 37 – Rihanna

    #6 37 — Michael Jackson
    #8 36 – Beyoncé
    #9 34 – Elton John
    #10 33 – Janet Jackson

    YOU WILL DEAL!

    Whitney who?
    Janet who?
    Beyonce who?

  15. JJFan1814 November 17, 2011

    And to the bum b****** who said Rihanna’s singles don’t have longevity….Really???

    Umbrella, Rude Boy, What’s My Name, We Found Love….

    OH OK!!

  16. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    1) Rihanna has MORE #1s than Beyonce
    2) Rihanna has sent MORE weeks at #1than BEYONCE.

    lmao!

    It just makes Rihannna beat Beyonce AT BOTH

    Rihanna >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Beyawnce

  17. SNDR November 17, 2011

    One the billboard only. Like what others said. What Beyonce does with 5 singles, Rihanna does it with 11. I saw an article. Read it.
    I am NOT saying this is the truth. I though it was interesting.

    Here is the link: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2011/11/rihanna_why_is_she_so_popular_.html

    Earlier this month, Rihanna’s song “We Found Love” became her 11th single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Barbadian singer has notched 20 top 10 pop hits in less time than any other musician, and among female solo artists, only Madonna and Mariah Carey claim more No. 1 pop singles, period; Rihanna is tied with Whitney Houston, who also had 11.* Some smashes surprise us, but “We Found Love” sounded like a No. 1 from the jump. A churning, pulsating homage to ’90s Europop in the style of Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” or 2 Unlimited’s “Twilight Zone,” its synthesizer melody is big, brightly hued, as insistent as an alarm-clock beep and only slightly less repetitive; the beat is an unrelenting four-four pound; the vocals are airy and longing; the basic structure is a stack of frenzied crescendos with slightly less frenzied crescendos slipped in between.

    The number of credited songwriters on previous Rihanna songs has cracked double digits but “We Found Love” was written and produced by just one person, the Scottish dance musician Calvin Harris. Harris, who has enjoyed solo success but nothing on this scale, contributes no vocals to “We Found Love,” but he’s credited nonetheless as a featured guest. This isn’t standard practice in pop music—particularly not with a relative unknown like Harris—but the top-line credit reflects the growing prominence, brand value, and leverage that DJs command in the dance-music-saturated pop present. It also reflects the experience of listening to the song: “We Found Love” lasts three minutes and 33 seconds, and for about one minute and 19 seconds of that time, Rihanna is fully silent. For 37 percent of the song, that is, she gets out of the way, ceding the floor to Harris’s ecstatic throb.

    In a sense, getting out of the way is what Rihanna does best. There’s something paradoxical about her: She’s a pop star you almost forget is there. Her presence on songs is, at best, unobtrusive, pliant, less adaptable than compatible, like a chameleon who stays one more or less pleasing color. Extra-musically, she is blurry. Her look changes wholesale from album to album, in an undercooked way that suggests the hiring and firing of stylists rather than, say, some wry, Bowie-style persona shuffle: now she’s a stonewashed-jean Caribbean queen, now an anime fantasy, now a bondage badass, now a Candyland princess, now a ’90s London brat. There’s the nagging impression that her clothes are doing an untenable portion of her identity-building. Rihanna’s biggest headlines came not when she acted out but when she was acted against, viciously, by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown: Rated R, the noisy, brooding 2009 album she released after the attack, carried with it, for the first time in her career, a sense of drama and stakes.

    Rihanna’s successes put her in rarefied company, but she is unlike her fellow chart goddesses, not in the thinness of her voice, exactly (Madonna is no great belter, either) but rather in the thinness of her persona. She is not wholly convincing. Pop stars’ songs, however gigantic, typically function as pieces of a bigger puzzle, chapters in an overarching, ever-expanding saga. Mariah, Whitney, Beyoncé, Gaga—these stars feel like stars. Rihanna feels like something else: a one hit-wonder several dozen times over.

    Her breakthrough single, “Pon De Replay,” came in 2005. The song went to No. 2, but as pop-career launches go, there was something slight and inauspicious about it. Accentuating her Barbadian lilt in a way she would soon abandon, Rihanna plays a self-canceling role as a facilitator of other people’s fun: She counts, calls out dance moves, and asks the DJ repeatedly to turn up the volume. Built around a clap-happy percussion loop called the Diwali riddim, the single also inaugurated Rihanna’s careerlong habit of arriving behind trends, rather than ahead of them: Wayne Wonder and Lumidee had already had their own hits with the riddim in 2003. Other examples: Rihanna’s “Rockstar 101,” which hopped on the tired “rock star” meme three years after it had peaked with the Shop Boyz’ “Party Like a Rockstar”; “Te Amo,” which debuted on radio with a sultry Spanish hook two months after Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” had staked that turf with more verve; “California King Bed,” which brought overdriven power-ballad schlock to R&B three years after Beyoncé had done it with “If I Were a Boy.” (One big exception: Her 2007 hit “Don’t Stop the Music” got to the eurodance revival early.)

    Rihanna’s early singles are diminished by the feeling that she isn’t quite up to the material. She is incapable not only of the ferocity and lusciousness of a Mary J. Blige or a Beyoncé, but also of the icy gravitas of an Aaliyah or a Ciara. The lyrics to 2008’s “Take a Bow” describe the humiliation and dismissal of a no-good lover, but while Rihanna attempts a magnanimous sangfroid, she just comes off kind of sleepy. (Compare the song with Beyonce’s 2006 single “Irreplaceable,” which works similar ground with delicious, breezy disdain—now that’s an ass-handing.) Rihanna is unequal to the lyrical fury of “Breaking Dishes,” goofily playacting at a tantrum. On “S.O.S.” she describes an orgasmic loss of self-control without a trace of it in her delivery; the locomoting force getting us from one end of the song to the other is the prominent Soft Cell sample, not her. The automotive-themed “Shut Up and Drive” features a litany of groaners about handling her curves and piloting her “fine-tuned supersonic speed machine”—ridiculousness even R. Kelly might pass on, and Rihanna is no R. Kelly. “My engine’s ready to explode-ode-ode,” she sings on the pre-chorus, her voice, to the contrary, faint and fading. She is better when the mood is looser: Two of my favorite Rihanna songs are the horny, aggressive “Rude Boy,” from 2009 and the horny, melancholic “What’s My Name,” from 2010, both of which nod towards vaguely Caribbean rhythms and feature spry, playful vocals.

    When I hear Rihanna’s greatest song, “Umbrella,” I sometimes wonder about the version another performer might have delivered. The song was first offered to Britney Spears, who passed, and it appeared destined for Mary J. Blige until Rihanna’s A&R team frantically convinced its writers, Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, to sell it to Rihanna instead, promising to throw the label’s full weight behind the rollout of the song. The instrumental is hefty, built around crushing synthesizers and fat rock drums, and in this context Rihanna’s blankness registers, appealingly, as Borg-ish restraint—Blige, by contrast, might have brought an excess of emotion and athleticism, crowding the music and gilding the lily in a way that Rihanna doesn’t, and can’t.

    What Rihanna brings to “Umbrella” is ineffable. Listen to the original demo, sung by Nash, and you see how closely she sticks to his script. There is a pained catch in her voice when she sings the word “magazines” that always struck me as a winning little flourish; it is there, as is every other last tic, in Nash’s guide track. Rihanna leans into the vocal harder on the finished song, but none of her choices are what you’d call surprising. Listen, on the other hand, to Nash’s demo for the song “1+1,” which he sold to Beyoncé, and then listen to Beyoncé’s rendition: It’s the difference between thinking about a skyscraper and standing on top of one. Beyoncé’s vocal shimmers, quavers, growls, slides deftly off beat, subtly teases the melody. (If it’s unfair to compare pretty much anyone to Beyoncé, one can consult “Saxon,” the demented demo that Nicki Minaj, who isn’t even primarily a singer, made for a never-recorded Rihanna song—it’s impossible to imagine how Rihanna could have improved upon it.)

    Which raises the question of why Rihanna has scored so many hits, despite her shortcomings. Part of it is a matter of sheer volume; she has released an album every year since 2005, except for 2008, and her label devotes tremendous resources to her success: 2010’s Loud was the result of a multiweek, multistudio songwriting “camp,” in which A-list producers and lyricists were teamed up and paid to bang out potential hit after potential hit, with Rihanna holding right of first refusal over the output. This right would be worthless, of course, if she didn’t have a great ear for songs, and she does. Moreover, there is a suppleness to Rihanna’s blankness that allows her to ride shifting commercial tides with more ease and flexibility than a Beyoncé, whose aesthetic choices are held to higher standards of plausibility. (It bears noting that Beyoncé has released only four albums, but that these have sold 75 million copies worldwide; Rihanna has sold 20 million copies of her five.)

    On “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Only Girl (in the World)” Rihanna returned with greater flair to the dance floor anonymity of her first single. “Only Girl,” from last year’s Loud, is a superior song, her voice skipping like a polished stone across bubbling currents of eurocheese on the verses, somersaulting into a genuine fury on the chorus, and setting the stage for “We Found Love.” With the new song, Rihanna has gone all in on the Ibiza trend. Dance music of this sort, oriented around cathedral-size clubs and face-dissolving drugs, requires that the star providing vocals subjugate herself to the sound, allow it to steamroll over her and any of the subjectivities that, in a typical pop-song dynamic, draw us closer to her, make us care about her, and so on (which is one of the big reasons why we don’t care at all about Judith Pronk, the woman who sang on “Better Off Alone”). There is something Faustian about the transaction: Your voice will be inescapable, but it could be anyone’s.

    Correction, Nov. 9, 2011: This article originally stated that, with the song “We Found Love,” Rihanna had released more No. 1 singles in less time than any other musician. Rather, the single makes her the fastest solo artist to notch 20 Top 10 hits. (Return to the corrected sentence.) The article also originally stated that Rihanna delivers a voiceover at the start of the “We Found Love” video; the voiceover is in fact performed by the model Agyness Deyn

  18. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    Rihanna 7 years in the biz; 37 weeks at #1s.
    Beyawnce10 year in the biz as a solo act; 36 weeks at #1s.

    #FAIL

  19. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    YAWN

    Crazy In Love, baby boy & irreplaceable were all released before itunes exploded, when the hot100 was completely or mostly driven by radio airplay.

    But what happen after the itunes exploded?
    Single Ladies was only #1 for 4 weeks

    If we count Rihanna’s single by airplay only standard like it was between 2000-2005; Rihanna’s single would have also sent MUCH MUCH MORE weeks at #1.

    Anyway, I ain t here for excuses.
    Yall can spin it round and round but 1 truth remains:
    RIHANNA HAS MORE #1s THAN BEYONCE
    RIHANNA HAS SPENT MORE WEEKS AT #1 THAN BEYONCE

    Go shoot yourelf Bey.H.I.Vs.

    lol

  20. Pop Royalty (RUDE BOY) November 17, 2011

    both women are great , but ppl just check for Rihanna more and they wait for her to get better with time , and my RiRi is just doing great considering that.

    beyonce’s album “4” is my FAv album at the moment and she has nothing to prove as an artist , it is becoming ridiculous ! the woman give 100% everytime she do something ! I love beyonceeeeeee !!

    beyonce got nothing to prove when it comes to her artistry , she’s only can get better when it comes to her creativity , her OWN songwriting skills and GIVING CREDITS while borrowing/copying/getting inspired by other artists ! other than that , she’s great at what she do and she is the real deal when it comes to an accomplished Artist ” Diva” !!

    I Stan for both of them ! but in TGJ , I choose joining THE NAVY !

    BEYONCE IS RIHANNA’S GREATEST IDOL
    RIHANNA IS LIKE FAMILY TO BEYONCE
    u see ?!
    they respect each other and their delusional STANS will have to deal and live with it ! their bitchy comments won’t change a damn thing and that’s a fact !
    u heard me Y’ALL ?!!!!!

    BYE !

  21. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    Beyonce Is actually the ONLY one of the 2 to be mentioned in a payola scandal where Sony had to pay $10 Million.

    “If there were ever any doubt how so much undeserving s*** gets on the radio, here’s the answer: one station gets a new digital camera, another gets some plane tickets to Orlando, Florida, just to play Train and BEYONCE five extra times a day.”

    http://www.altnation.com/forums/mercury-tilt-switch/82520-smoking-gun-sony-payola.html

    I guess u missed an occasion to shut up.
    #FAIL

  22. SNDR November 17, 2011

    i love we found love by the way.. (as a beyonce fan)
    We can say what we want, but congrats to Rihanna.

  23. SNDR November 17, 2011

    @ POPROYALITY

    TRUE!

  24. CREEPY GAGA. November 17, 2011

    Can’t you all be congratulative sometimes???

  25. Bow Down to The Perrylicious… ( The Queen of TGJ) November 17, 2011

    Beyonce will always being a LOSER!

    BIG LOSER!
    4 was a huge flop.
    Go retire, we don’t need Beyonce anymore.

    Rihanna #1 Black Female singer in history!!!

  26. Jon November 17, 2011

    Congrats rihanna, but even if she has 1000 no1 singles. Beyonce will always be more talented and respected

  27. Amen Fashion is a D*** Sucker November 17, 2011

    Gaga will be like Beyonce… she’s fading too fast.
    I

  28. YOOSONDALOOSE November 17, 2011

    At the end of the day Bey’s music is more timeless and they are classics, Rihanna’s is pretty generic IMO. She is very good, and I love her new album, but Bey’s albums and songs are all classics.

  29. Jenny November 17, 2011

    @Perrylicious always right. LOL
    Beyonce is faking her pregnancy and 4 flopped hard.
    No one is checking on her anymore.
    Rihanna is reigning the black female singer since 2005.

    I love watching Bey/Gaga fans pressed here which saying Rihsus using Britney to get #1. Well, it’s amazing!
    The best part is, when none of Bey’s singles atop Billboard Hot 100 for this era …after four flopped singles (like i remember) LOL

    Rihanna will always being the preferred one and already a living legend for black female singer history.

  30. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    Rihanna’s timeless WW art >>>>>>>>>>> Beyonce’s local booty popping crap.

    Look at Single Ladies, it was a monster hit in the US ghettos andDIDN T HIT #1 IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH AND WAS ACTUALLY A HUGE FLOP IN MOT OTHER COUNTRIES ON EARTH.

    Compare that to WFL:

    #1 Ireland (5 weeks)
    #1 Denmark (5 weeks)
    #1 France (5 weeks)
    #1 Norway (4 weeks)
    #1 UK (4 weeks)
    #1 Scotland (4 weeks)
    #1 New Zealand (4 weeks)
    #1 Sweden (3 weeks)
    #1 Germany (3 weeks)
    #1 USA ( 3 weeks)
    #1 Canada (3 weeks)
    #1 Finland (2 weeks)
    #1 Switzerland (2 weeks)
    #1 Luxemburg (1 week)
    #1 Poland (1 week)

  31. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    At least Rihnna successfully used to Britney to hit #1.
    We all remember how Beyawnce FLOPPED when she tried to use Shakira to have another #1.

    LMAO

  32. WEFOUNDLOVE November 17, 2011

    Interesting article:

    Here is the link: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2011/11/rihanna_why_is_she_so_popular_.html

    Earlier this month, Rihanna’s song “We Found Love” became her 11th single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Barbadian singer has notched 20 top 10 pop hits in less time than any other musician, and among female solo artists, only Madonna and Mariah Carey claim more No. 1 pop singles, period; Rihanna is tied with Whitney Houston, who also had 11.* Some smashes surprise us, but “We Found Love” sounded like a No. 1 from the jump. A churning, pulsating homage to ’90s Europop in the style of Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” or 2 Unlimited’s “Twilight Zone,” its synthesizer melody is big, brightly hued, as insistent as an alarm-clock beep and only slightly less repetitive; the beat is an unrelenting four-four pound; the vocals are airy and longing; the basic structure is a stack of frenzied crescendos with slightly less frenzied crescendos slipped in between.

    The number of credited songwriters on previous Rihanna songs has cracked double digits but “We Found Love” was written and produced by just one person, the Scottish dance musician Calvin Harris. Harris, who has enjoyed solo success but nothing on this scale, contributes no vocals to “We Found Love,” but he’s credited nonetheless as a featured guest. This isn’t standard practice in pop music—particularly not with a relative unknown like Harris—but the top-line credit reflects the growing prominence, brand value, and leverage that DJs command in the dance-music-saturated pop present. It also reflects the experience of listening to the song: “We Found Love” lasts three minutes and 33 seconds, and for about one minute and 19 seconds of that time, Rihanna is fully silent. For 37 percent of the song, that is, she gets out of the way, ceding the floor to Harris’s ecstatic throb.

    In a sense, getting out of the way is what Rihanna does best. There’s something paradoxical about her: She’s a pop star you almost forget is there. Her presence on songs is, at best, unobtrusive, pliant, less adaptable than compatible, like a chameleon who stays one more or less pleasing color. Extra-musically, she is blurry. Her look changes wholesale from album to album, in an undercooked way that suggests the hiring and firing of stylists rather than, say, some wry, Bowie-style persona shuffle: now she’s a stonewashed-jean Caribbean queen, now an anime fantasy, now a bondage badass, now a Candyland princess, now a ’90s London brat. There’s the nagging impression that her clothes are doing an untenable portion of her identity-building. Rihanna’s biggest headlines came not when she acted out but when she was acted against, viciously, by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown: Rated R, the noisy, brooding 2009 album she released after the attack, carried with it, for the first time in her career, a sense of drama and stakes.

    Rihanna’s successes put her in rarefied company, but she is unlike her fellow chart goddesses, not in the thinness of her voice, exactly (Madonna is no great belter, either) but rather in the thinness of her persona. She is not wholly convincing. Pop stars’ songs, however gigantic, typically function as pieces of a bigger puzzle, chapters in an overarching, ever-expanding saga. Mariah, Whitney, Beyoncé, Gaga—these stars feel like stars. Rihanna feels like something else: a one hit-wonder several dozen times over.

    Her breakthrough single, “Pon De Replay,” came in 2005. The song went to No. 2, but as pop-career launches go, there was something slight and inauspicious about it. Accentuating her Barbadian lilt in a way she would soon abandon, Rihanna plays a self-canceling role as a facilitator of other people’s fun: She counts, calls out dance moves, and asks the DJ repeatedly to turn up the volume. Built around a clap-happy percussion loop called the Diwali riddim, the single also inaugurated Rihanna’s careerlong habit of arriving behind trends, rather than ahead of them: Wayne Wonder and Lumidee had already had their own hits with the riddim in 2003. Other examples: Rihanna’s “Rockstar 101,” which hopped on the tired “rock star” meme three years after it had peaked with the Shop Boyz’ “Party Like a Rockstar”; “Te Amo,” which debuted on radio with a sultry Spanish hook two months after Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” had staked that turf with more verve; “California King Bed,” which brought overdriven power-ballad schlock to R&B three years after Beyoncé had done it with “If I Were a Boy.” (One big exception: Her 2007 hit “Don’t Stop the Music” got to the eurodance revival early.)

    Rihanna’s early singles are diminished by the feeling that she isn’t quite up to the material. She is incapable not only of the ferocity and lusciousness of a Mary J. Blige or a Beyoncé, but also of the icy gravitas of an Aaliyah or a Ciara. The lyrics to 2008’s “Take a Bow” describe the humiliation and dismissal of a no-good lover, but while Rihanna attempts a magnanimous sangfroid, she just comes off kind of sleepy. (Compare the song with Beyonce’s 2006 single “Irreplaceable,” which works similar ground with delicious, breezy disdain—now that’s an ass-handing.) Rihanna is unequal to the lyrical fury of “Breaking Dishes,” goofily playacting at a tantrum. On “S.O.S.” she describes an orgasmic loss of self-control without a trace of it in her delivery; the locomoting force getting us from one end of the song to the other is the prominent Soft Cell sample, not her. The automotive-themed “Shut Up and Drive” features a litany of groaners about handling her curves and piloting her “fine-tuned supersonic speed machine”—ridiculousness even R. Kelly might pass on, and Rihanna is no R. Kelly. “My engine’s ready to explode-ode-ode,” she sings on the pre-chorus, her voice, to the contrary, faint and fading. She is better when the mood is looser: Two of my favorite Rihanna songs are the horny, aggressive “Rude Boy,” from 2009 and the horny, melancholic “What’s My Name,” from 2010, both of which nod towards vaguely Caribbean rhythms and feature spry, playful vocals.

    When I hear Rihanna’s greatest song, “Umbrella,” I sometimes wonder about the version another performer might have delivered. The song was first offered to Britney Spears, who passed, and it appeared destined for Mary J. Blige until Rihanna’s A&R team frantically convinced its writers, Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, to sell it to Rihanna instead, promising to throw the label’s full weight behind the rollout of the song. The instrumental is hefty, built around crushing synthesizers and fat rock drums, and in this context Rihanna’s blankness registers, appealingly, as Borg-ish restraint—Blige, by contrast, might have brought an excess of emotion and athleticism, crowding the music and gilding the lily in a way that Rihanna doesn’t, and can’t.

    What Rihanna brings to “Umbrella” is ineffable. Listen to the original demo, sung by Nash, and you see how closely she sticks to his script. There is a pained catch in her voice when she sings the word “magazines” that always struck me as a winning little flourish; it is there, as is every other last tic, in Nash’s guide track. Rihanna leans into the vocal harder on the finished song, but none of her choices are what you’d call surprising. Listen, on the other hand, to Nash’s demo for the song “1+1,” which he sold to Beyoncé, and then listen to Beyoncé’s rendition: It’s the difference between thinking about a skyscraper and standing on top of one. Beyoncé’s vocal shimmers, quavers, growls, slides deftly off beat, subtly teases the melody. (If it’s unfair to compare pretty much anyone to Beyoncé, one can consult “Saxon,” the demented demo that Nicki Minaj, who isn’t even primarily a singer, made for a never-recorded Rihanna song—it’s impossible to imagine how Rihanna could have improved upon it.)

    Which raises the question of why Rihanna has scored so many hits, despite her shortcomings. Part of it is a matter of sheer volume; she has released an album every year since 2005, except for 2008, and her label devotes tremendous resources to her success: 2010’s Loud was the result of a multiweek, multistudio songwriting “camp,” in which A-list producers and lyricists were teamed up and paid to bang out potential hit after potential hit, with Rihanna holding right of first refusal over the output. This right would be worthless, of course, if she didn’t have a great ear for songs, and she does. Moreover, there is a suppleness to Rihanna’s blankness that allows her to ride shifting commercial tides with more ease and flexibility than a Beyoncé, whose aesthetic choices are held to higher standards of plausibility. (It bears noting that Beyoncé has released only four albums, but that these have sold 75 million copies worldwide; Rihanna has sold 20 million copies of her five.)

    On “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Only Girl (in the World)” Rihanna returned with greater flair to the dance floor anonymity of her first single. “Only Girl,” from last year’s Loud, is a superior song, her voice skipping like a polished stone across bubbling currents of eurocheese on the verses, somersaulting into a genuine fury on the chorus, and setting the stage for “We Found Love.” With the new song, Rihanna has gone all in on the Ibiza trend. Dance music of this sort, oriented around cathedral-size clubs and face-dissolving drugs, requires that the star providing vocals subjugate herself to the sound, allow it to steamroll over her and any of the subjectivities that, in a typical pop-song dynamic, draw us closer to her, make us care about her, and so on (which is one of the big reasons why we don’t care at all about Judith Pronk, the woman who sang on “Better Off Alone”). There is something Faustian about the transaction: Your voice will be inescapable, but it could be anyone’s.

    Correction, Nov. 9, 2011: This article originally stated that, with the song “We Found Love,” Rihanna had released more No. 1 singles in less time than any other musician. Rather, the single makes her the fastest solo artist to notch 20 Top 10 hits. (Return to the corrected sentence.) The article also originally stated that Rihanna delivers a voiceover at the start of the “We Found Love” video; the voiceover is in fact performed by the model Agyness Deyn

  33. B**** PLEASE November 17, 2011

    FUNNY THIS BISH CAN’T SING AND DANCE YET SHE’S SLAYING THE SO-CALLED KING BEY AKA BEYSUS…………………………………………….ROTFL 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  34. True_Critic!!!///Follow me>>>@Ashanti_Rockxzz November 17, 2011

    THOUGH I DISLIKE BOTH ARTISTS, I have to give it up for RIHANNA….She has made history!!!! While BOTH of their music is catchy POP bubblegum commercial GARBAGE, We ALLLLLLLLL know BEYONCE has the GREATER TALENT!!!!!! Rihanna only has more #1s though because she can ONLY master the MUSIC that BOOMS today!!! Acts Like, Adele, Gaga, Katy, Britney are popular because of the style they put out…not so much of the talent..and they each have #1 after #1 after #1…..bringing fans, making history….I am listening to the leaked version of “Talk that Talk” and I’m starting to be wheeled in as a FAN…I must say I am impressed….from the Reggae sound that took her career NOWHERE Til NOW..you have to admit she has found her style and is Sticking to it!!!!! That comparison of the two NO ONE cares about…At the end of the day, Rihanna’s numbers are greater so, SHE WILL GET THE PRAISE!!!!

  35. ThankMeLater November 17, 2011

    The reason I don’t like Rihanna is cause her delusional fans like shut up. We all know who’s better and you will DEAL. stop lying to yourselfs saying Rihanna is better then Beyawnce? FIRST OF ALL why do you add the yawn? Beyonce isn’t even boring LMAO THATS YOUR GIRL RIH. Could Rihanna dance her ass off? no. could she sing live? no. point proven BeyonSLAY is better. dumbasses

  36. TruthTeller November 17, 2011

    Rihanna UK XFactor performance >>>>>> EVERY Beyonce performance EVER.

  37. Bey’knight November 17, 2011

    Besides Beyonce was the lead artist on all her number 1s

    And we not even countin DC’s no 1s

    Finally Bey’s no 1s came from 3 albums

  38. MissImpartial November 17, 2011

    Artist such as MJ, Beyonce, Janet and Whitney are not only famous for their number ones but for their talent. MJ is famous for is all round talent, Beyonce is a stellar show girl, Janet is amazing dancer and entertainer and Whitney is the voice. Rihanna only hits headlines when she is number one. If she did not have any number one what talent would she be famous for?? Please answer me that.

  39. JER November 17, 2011

    BeYAWNce’s#1 albums were #1 weeks there was little to no competition…

    Columbia has always manipulated BeYAWNce’s album releases to be timed when there were no other major debuts. Her albums are always timed with the release of rock albums so she doesn’t have to go against other R&B/hip-hop albums. THE label knows if multiple R&B/hip-hop albums are released in the same week, it will take away from the sales as fans will have to buy multiple albums in the same week, and will instead wait.

    NEW RELEASES THE WEEK OF “Dangerously in Love”

    NE BEYONCE DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE 317,000
    NE BRANCH*MICHELLE HOTEL PAPER 157,000
    NE THREE 6 MAFIA DA UNBREAKABLES 95,000
    NE GANG STARR THE OWNERZ 48,000
    NE LUMIDEE ALMOST FAMOUS 37,000

    Competition being Michelle Branch and Lumidee? Please. Easy #1 debut

    ________________________

    NEW RELEASES THE WEEK OF ‘B-DAY’

    NE 1 BEYONCE B’DAY 541,100
    NE 2 AUDIOSLAVE REVELATIONS 141,800
    NE 9 IRON MAIDEN MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH 55,700
    NE 58 JARS OF CLAY GOOD MONSTERS 15,200
    NE 139 ALICE IN CHAINS ESSENTIAL ALICE IN CHAINS 5,800

    released another slow week against a few rock bands. Easy #1

    ____________________________

    NEW RELEASE THE WEEK OF “I Am-…Sasha Fierce”

    NE BEYONCE I AM…SASHA FIERCE 482,000
    NE NICKELBACK DARK HORSE 326,00
    NE COOK*DAVID DAVID COOK 279,500
    NE IL DIVO PROMISE 161,500
    NE DIDO SAFE TRIP HOME 50,600
    NE MUDVAYNE NEW GAME 48,200
    NE BROWN*ZAC BAND FOUNDATION 43,500

    AGAIN… strategically released against a few modern rock bands and some smaller pop acts. Easy #1
    _____________________________

    ALBUMS RELEASED THE WEEK OF “4”

    NE BEYONCE 4 310,000
    NE BIG SEAN FINALLY FAMOUS 87,000
    NE GOMEZ*SELENA WHEN THE SUN 78,000
    NE COOK*DAVID THIS LOUD MORNING 46,000

    this time they pulled out all the stops to make sure NOBODY had an album out. It’s not an accomplishment to outsell Selena Gomez… Easiest #1 by far

    So there’s the TRUE T for you BEYAWNce stans who wave around “She got 4 #1 albums” she weaseled her way to 4 #1 albums. Call it what it is. Here’s the receipts. Deal with it.

  40. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    lol

  41. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    lol beyonces music sucks she dosnt even write her own s*** and for her to be so overrated she only has 5 number ones ,,check on it was a soundtrack song so that doesnt really count. yall mad rihanna go 11 number ones ,she is slaying beyonce ! riri up there with mariah and whitney and beyonce has been wastin here time stealing her whole career making garbage tracks.

  42. HALF AMAZIN November 17, 2011

    BeYAWNce’s#1 albums were #1 weeks there was little to no competition…

    Columbia has always manipulated BeYAWNce’s album releases to be timed when there were no other major debuts. Her albums are always timed with the release of rock albums so she doesn’t have to go against other R&B/hip-hop albums. THE label knows if multiple R&B/hip-hop albums are released in the same week, it will take away from the sales as fans will have to buy multiple albums in the same week, and will instead wait.

    NEW RELEASES THE WEEK OF “Dangerously in Love”

    NE BEYONCE DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE 317,000
    NE BRANCH*MICHELLE HOTEL PAPER 157,000
    NE THREE 6 MAFIA DA UNBREAKABLES 95,000
    NE GANG STARR THE OWNERZ 48,000
    NE LUMIDEE ALMOST FAMOUS 37,000

    Competition being Michelle Branch and Lumidee? Please. Easy #1 debut

    ________________________

    NEW RELEASES THE WEEK OF ‘B-DAY’

    NE 1 BEYONCE B’DAY 541,100
    NE 2 AUDIOSLAVE REVELATIONS 141,800
    NE 9 IRON MAIDEN MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH 55,700
    NE 58 JARS OF CLAY GOOD MONSTERS 15,200
    NE 139 ALICE IN CHAINS ESSENTIAL ALICE IN CHAINS 5,800

    released another slow week against a few rock bands. Easy #1

    ____________________________

    NEW RELEASE THE WEEK OF “I Am-…Sasha Fierce”

    NE BEYONCE I AM…SASHA FIERCE 482,000
    NE NICKELBACK DARK HORSE 326,00
    NE COOK*DAVID DAVID COOK 279,500
    NE IL DIVO PROMISE 161,500
    NE DIDO SAFE TRIP HOME 50,600
    NE MUDVAYNE NEW GAME 48,200
    NE BROWN*ZAC BAND FOUNDATION 43,500

    AGAIN… strategically released against a few modern rock bands and some smaller pop acts. Easy #1
    _____________________________

    ALBUMS RELEASED THE WEEK OF “4″

    NE BEYONCE 4 310,000
    NE BIG SEAN FINALLY FAMOUS 87,000
    NE GOMEZ*SELENA WHEN THE SUN 78,000
    NE COOK*DAVID THIS LOUD MORNING 46,000

    this time they pulled out all the stops to make sure NOBODY had an album out. It’s not an accomplishment to outsell Selena Gomez… Easiest #1 by far

    So there’s the TRUE T for you BEYAWNce stans who wave around “She got 4 #1 albums” she weaseled her way to 4 #1 albums. Call it what it is. Here’s the receipts. Deal with it.
    _________________________________________________________

    *blank stare*…..co-sign

  43. KYLA November 17, 2011

    RIHANNA IS KING, THATS A FACT!! ANYWAY, AS THIS IS THE FORUM FAV FOR FAKEYONCE, WHAT ELSE CAN THEY SAY?? RIHANNA ISNT COUNTING NUMBERS WITH BEY, SHE JUST DOING THE BIZ AND RAINING ON DEM FAKE SINGING H***!! WHAT WHO ACHIEVED LAST DOESNT MATTER TODAY, TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING RIRI AROUND THE WORLD AND MOVED ON FROM OLD BEYONCE. SO THIS MESSAGE IS FOR YOU BEY FANS, YOU WILL BE COUNTING A LOT MORE NO.1s FROM KING RIHANNA!!!! CRY IN YOUR SOUP CANS!!!

  44. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    @kyla nuff said……

  45. MassiveAttack November 17, 2011

    @half amazing its not anyone’s fault that Rihanna likes to release her albums after most of the major artists have had there’s out for a while to give it the attention it wouldn’t otherwise get. Fact is she could have released her albums anytime of the year but they still would sell lackluster numbers in the first week.

  46. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    people hated on rihanna back in 2005 now she is ahead of the game,,, same with keri hilson ,her haters are everywhere but shes the only female treated like michael jackson in the industry, had a man jump off a two story balcony , jump on stage and try to kiss her. http://youtu.be/IflhN4SmCqA lol keri got tons of haters but one day she will be respected by many.keri hilson the only one who hasnt joined the darkside of music i guess thats why she is hated on so much! rihanna on the other hand is a large pop star , before she went gothic and dark i supported her music , she is better than beyonce in the pop department so beyonce stans need to wake up 11 number ones in 6 yrs thats a real pop star almost on mariah and whitneys number one level , sorry stealonce but u are not the next michael jackson , ya need to do ur research on keri hilson she is bad , michael jackson bad……

  47. MassiveAttack November 17, 2011

    Navy needs to READ this post nice and well! All it stated was the facts!! You guys are always crooning about your number ones but it took 11 to get where Bet was with 5! ELEVEN!!!! SHOWS THAT RIH LACKS EXTREMELY IN QUALITY!! And they wonder why she never gets many of the awards she’s even lucky to be nominated for. LMAO!!!
    REALIZE THAT YOUR NUMBER 1s AINT S***!!!!! Can’t wait till Katy breaks her record and it will be in a shorter period and makes Rih have nothing to her name. Sad state of affairs….

  48. Josh November 17, 2011

    haha, still… beyonce is the better singing & human.

  49. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    keri hilson is the best performer of all time hands down !!!!!!! s*** like this would only happen at a michael jackson concert! http://youtu.be/jyRebYFHWj0

  50. Josh November 17, 2011

    hahah Girl please,
    Keri?!!!?

  51. MassiveAttack November 17, 2011

    And to the Keri stans please let it go. Micheal HIMSELF praised Beyonce for her performances! So do his children. He never even thought twice about your keri so sit! Realize that Beyonce is compared to legends because what she lacks in her vocals she makes up for with her dancing or viceversa which she can pull of at the same time! Thing she has your fave beat in both categories.

  52. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    @josh hi hater u can start hating now it wont change s*** .

  53. Yourkerz November 17, 2011

    Everyone of you people are haters.
    Beyonce doesn’t have anything to prove.(She’s 15 years in the game)

    To put Rihanna on the same level as mj and other legends prove that the navy really don’t know s***.

    Plus she only has singles everyone knows her albums are less than stellar sales wise.

    Loud for all it’s charting longevity still hasn’t outsold The writing’s on the wall,survivor,Destiny’ fulfilled,Dangerously In love,B’day or Iam sasha fierce.

    GGGB is the only album that sold well.
    Also to the lone keri hilson fan….You stan for an flop who can’t sing and can’t write songs.

    This new generation has no respect. But what do expect.

    Fact: For all her number one’s rihanna still isn’t respected as an artist. Rihanna is nothing more than an black britney spears minus the actual sales

    Im not going to say I hate rihanna because I don’t.
    It’s also very impressive that she has 11#’1s at 23
    However if beyonce used payola like some idiot said she would have more number ones.

    Fact #2: Beyonce can SING and DANCE
    Fact #3: Rihanna can’t….which proves 90-99 are slightly brain dead

  54. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    well the dances u speak of are copied from other people on youtube , check bob fosse and the africans beyonce hired for her video. i only f*** with original artist, not copycats, paying homage is different but when u steal thats a lawsuit! do ur research on ur favs u will be shocked…….

  55. ME November 17, 2011

    a post about good news for Rihanna filled with daggers… YOU GUYS REALLY SUCK. this used to be one of my fav blogs… the personal feelings embedded in all of these posts are a turn off. Same reason I stopped going to Sandra Rose’s site.. UGH!!

  56. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    but rihanna is pop music even her r&b songs sound pop so thats why she is a better artist on the charts……i will pick rihannas songs over beyonces anyday ! plus beyonce sucks at pop and rock. beyonce tried to crossover with iasf but those singles flopped badly.

  57. brool November 17, 2011

    RIHANNA STILL DOES NOT HAVE A NUMBER ONE ALBUM SOO SHE STILL ISNT UP THERE YET BUT BEYONCE SHOULD STEP HER GAME UP AND RELEASE A DANCE ALBUM THAT WOULD BE HUGE AND WOULD BRING BACK TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS

  58. MassiveAttack November 17, 2011

    Keri stan. irregardless of what you say, MJ and most of the music business still think she is amazing! But just a tip, Bob Fosse was credited for that dance and so were the Africans. Don’t talk s*** when you’re clueless! Problem is you prefer gossip sites over the facts.

  59. MassiveAttack November 17, 2011

    And a little reminder to the navy that almost half of those number 1s are featured tracks so i think from now on we should also compare Bey’s DC no.1s!

  60. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    well beyonce has be caught over 100 times stealing so u can stan for her i dont like her music shes cocky and shes a media s***. beyonce is not the only female who has met michael. keri hilson has performed for the whole jackson family and she is respected by the family , janet mentions keri hilson in her interviews. keri is amazin…. http://youtu.be/ViFcnbMHOd4

  61. Lax November 17, 2011

    @TRUTHTELLER,,,,Thanks for the Links and your Boldness, Truths & Facts
    on All which is truths & Facts and Many just can’t Handle the truth, no matter how you slice the truths and facts….

  62. Lax November 17, 2011

    @MassiveAttack Please don’t say nothing about Collab Because if you have got something to say about RIHANNA Collab Than what have you to say about Kanye, jayz, eminem, lil wayne, dr dre, chris brown, and all the rest of them who has collaborated waaaaaaay more time than Rihanna has????????

  63. Lax November 17, 2011

    @That Grape ,,,,I Love your new Up graded and the work you have did to your site, love the lay out and how the name you want to address lights up,,,,Very Cool!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Bey Fan… November 17, 2011

    Congrats Riri….And Im sure You Da One will be #1 too….its very very radio friendly

    That by no means makes her a better artist….But I think everyone knows that

  65. JahmeriKKKa Fenty November 17, 2011

    Beyonce’s pointless music is not timeless. WTF is timeless about Baby Boy, Naughty Girl, Check On It , Upgrade U, Get Me Bodied, Bootylicious and this sad list can go on forever., Beyonce spent more time at #1 with fewer singles because in her hey day people were not pirating her singles, they were actually being purchased. In Rihanna’s hey day alot of her music is being illegally downlaoded. So with that much said, Rihanna has to work harder than Beyonce and those artist from the past who were successful before torrents, mediafire and blogspots began illegally posting music.

  66. kerihilson2ndcomingofmj November 17, 2011

    LOL THIS IS SAD

  67. Bey Fan… November 17, 2011

    So wait we not counting Destiny’s Child??? Ohh hell

    Beyonce still on top

  68. IN THE WORDS OF THE GAME.. BEYONCE IS A BASIC B**** WEARING A LACEFRONT. November 17, 2011

    @bey fan this is about rihanna slaying beyonce in 6 yrs without a group helping her so dont bring up irrelevant s*** ,, its 2011 not 1998

  69. Teacher November 17, 2011

    @JER

    PREACH!!!!!

  70. KillBill November 17, 2011

    On average Rihanna has spent 3.26 weeks at #1 per song with 11 songs. And Beyonce has spent 7.2 weeks at #1 with 5 songs. Rihanna girl substance last, over preschool rhymes.
    BEY WINS AGAIN.

  71. aisha aguilera keys November 17, 2011

    I’m not suprised- in fact, I thought it had already been done. Hmph.

  72. aseeso November 17, 2011

    mmmmm
    i am Queen B fan

    if rihanna beat in billboard chart ,,,,, but rihanna 4 or 4 Grammy But Beyonce 16 Grammy …

    and this is just a chart and Beyonce she run this chart no need her to Vs rihanna or shity Gaga ,,,

  73. RichnBlack November 17, 2011

    You people are just dumb it took riri 11songs to due what Beyonce did with 5. I know some of y’all can’t be this damn dumb….congratulating to riri ….I don’t think the Beyonce stans are bother by this.

  74. skintightjeans November 17, 2011

    I like them both so whatever on this trying to pit queens against each other. cut it out!

  75. rihanna slays bey November 17, 2011

    rihanna is slaying beyonces copycat ass

  76. beyonce take a break please! November 17, 2011

    beyonce cant sing or write music she is so unoriginal thats why riri wins.

  77. its_me November 17, 2011

    Lmao #dead at all the Beyonce hatred. Ive never seen SOOO many people CLAIM to dislike a certain artist and yet, know SOOO much abt that artist…??…ijs…but lets be for real and honest with ourselves for once, Beyonce’s talent(alone) is greater than any number one song or number one album(as we continue to wait for one), Rhianna will ever put out. Beyonce is obviously, simply doing whatever she wants to right now…oh but once she makes her “comeback”, every other talentless artist will fade. Beyonce is makingREAL music now, not trending radio trash. Beyonce:: 5 #1 singles(36 weeks), 4 #1 albums, 75mil ww. Rhianna::11 #1 singles(37 weeks), ____, 20mil ww…enough said.

  78. RICHNBLACK11 November 17, 2011

    Rihanna aint win s*** you people are very funny. The real question is Who get more Respect in the GAME……BEYONCE’ HANDS DOWN.

  79. WINTZ November 17, 2011

    Do ya thing Rih! I c u… B-)

  80. Lenny November 17, 2011

    They are head to head on weeks spent at number 1 but all of Beyonce’s albums have gone number 1.
    As long as Rihanna doesn’t have number 1 albums, she’ll always be a singles artist

  81. carrie November 17, 2011

    Comparing rihanna to Beyonce is like comparing Trey Songz to Prince, people are crazy. These little kids needs a history lesson like Luda schooled Drake & Big Sean. Its not about how many number ones, its about quality idiots!!!!

    If Beyonce cared about numbers she wouldn’t of basically released a ballad album.
    Beyonce would of released a pop album in January instead of June, BEYONCE knows what she is doing. She knew that she was pregnant before the album came out, which means she knew that she wouldn’t be promoting it.

    Her shady ass BUT very smart business minded FATHER taught her everything she needed to know about this business, BEYONCE isn’t going any where, she’s going to be around even when she gets old, why because BEYONCE has a voice unlike Rihanna!!
    She wanted to try R&B again, she did but you better believe next album is not going to be straight R&B. Unlike Rihanna Beyonce is a major voice at a record label, she controls her own career, rihanna doesn’t.

    How many times did rihanna change her “style” 5 different sounds for 5 albums. A Girl Like ME, Rated R, GGB was basically ALL flops. Rihanna is a flop 17 million WW for 5 albums? lol She suppose to have at least 50 million.

    Lady Gaga is almost at 17 million WW with what 3 albums?

    Hilary Duff disney star sold like 13 million WW, what does that say about rihanna?

    Haters fall back.

  82. Yellow Gorillah November 17, 2011

    Why are we surprised LOOOOOOOOOL

    Beyonce fans always seem to think that rihanna will Never accomplish the things that beyonce has done. They think beyonce is some goddess but this just shows.. She will be slayed in a matter of 2 more years. Rihanna success is raising with each ERA and looks like there will be no slowing down soon.

    and looooooool 16 grammy’s awww that’s all the beyonce fans got! sigh yall need to find something new to boast about because beyonce last #1 hit was 3 years ago looool

    I love both women but people need to open their eyes and see that rihanna is not to be played with. The b**** got the industry in the grips of her hands give her another 5 years.

  83. Onyx November 17, 2011

    Happy for Rihanna, but you really believe Beyonce is mad for this, she’s is happy now, she’s pregnant, as for Rihanna the girl gets better with every new album, i love Talk That Talk, is like Rated R part 2 my fav. songs are Where Have You Been, Drunk on Love, We All Want Love, Red Lpstick, Farewell and Cockiness (Love It. you know the album leaked but i get my copy dont worry, i really like the album i love the Dubstep sounds, the only thing missing on the album is a song ala Rude Boy but the rest is awesome.

  84. College girl November 17, 2011

    CONGRATS RHI RHI!!! WELL DESERVED!!!

  85. Lyric Marley November 17, 2011

    Very rude article. It is what is it. Numbers dont lie. Slayanna will continue to shine!

  86. NICKLEBACK IN STORES 11/21/11 November 17, 2011

    Rihanna has to keep getting number one singles to stay mildly relevant because you can no longer remember her previous single by the time the next one comes out. Took her 11 songs and no number one album to do what Bey did with 5 singles and 4 number one albums. Proves that breaking Bey’s record now and possibly Whitney, Mariah, and Madonna’s later means nothing because she will never have a fraction of their talent!

  87. beckonce.. November 17, 2011

    numbers are nothing, they’re pretty equal all in all, i enjoy both beyonce and rihannas music, however when it comes to live performances

    beyonce i waaaaaay more talented than rihanna, vocally, performance wise and dancing! bey wins hands down!!

  88. BLACK November 17, 2011

    Lol NOW it’s a not a number game? It was always a numbers game with Beyonce until her album flopped (yes taking this long to go platinum is a FLOP for Beyonce) now it’s about her making music she loves? GTFOHWTBS
    Her baby even flopped on national t.v.
    Now she chasing camel around his tour making sure he don’t cheat

  89. Nate November 17, 2011

    SAM why you busy putting all your energy, time and resources into discrediting Rihanna, tell me this, why the hell did you make a post yesturday saying that PARTY was number 1 on the charts, cause its not. You so busy talkin that talk, and saying Rihanna slashed this but could get that, when Billboard themselves didnt even mention Rihanna, and talkin about quality over quanity, when YOU YOURSELF are busy cheating lying and fixing Billboard charts to be what you WISH they were just to soothes your aches and pains for your favorite cause she couldnt quench them for you herself this era. Party is not number 1 this week so where is your post correcting such an eronious write up, you cheating right there by lying for her and got busted, dont try to push that post from yesturday back anyfurther cause you already got it on page 4 and its been out less than 24 hrs. You tried to hide that one huh, cause if it was true you would have it pinned and repost different versions of such truth till it just tickled ya little pink heart. You got busted BIG TIME YEAH, and now that post of you bragging about a lie is nowhere in site, instead you trying to knock Rihanna who is on the Billboards Hot 100, AT NUMBER 1!

  90. JessBee209 November 17, 2011

    I’m a hug Beyonce Stan and I’m not hating . I’m actually happy for the girl. I mean… Rihanna achieved 37 weeks at #1 with 11 singles and Beyonce achieved 36 weeks at #1 with only 5 singles. So if you think about it there is really nothing to hate on. congrats to Rihanna tho(:

  91. Natasha November 18, 2011

    Rihanna is not from America, shes only been in the game for 6 years, compare to Beyonce’s 15! She was not part of any group, she was alone and made it alone without the help of any group and she wasn’t hot before to be this successful…Beyonce was already all those things and more (she had an empire contrast to Riri). STOP comparing her to someone that was already established and been in the game way longer than she had…its an unfair advantage. I love them both… What is an album going to # 1 without any hit singles? what is a hit singles without an #1 album?? Lets not lose sleep over these 2. They both are making major moves, neither 1 is stopping the other from making money.

  92. nicegirl November 18, 2011

    I guess some of you haven’t seen the I Was Here video. It shows everything Bey has done in her life, which Rihanna will never do. #1 singles don’t mean anything haha. MJ is a legend and Rihanna has more #1 singles than him….but does that define the impact they have?? The answer is no.

    Especially not in the past 5-10 years. Of course Bey is a better artist than Rihanna.

    But congrats to Rihanna anyway. I hope more mature songs start to make #1 on charts again….that would be the best thing ever.

  93. Lady Gaga: Bow Before Me! November 18, 2011

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! The shade. Ugh you guys make me laugh so hard. Love you TGJ spill them facts.

    Rihanna is such a talentless twat.

  94. Linda Goffigan November 18, 2011

    In my opinion, Beyonce Knowles is the most talented of the two. Rhianna has been called the collaboration queen which is good. It shows that she is a team player. Beyonce has collaborated with Kanye West and with Mary J. Blige. But putting collaboration aside, the stats speaks for themselves. Being on the charts for 37 weeks is a great achievement for Rhianna after coming out of negative publicity with Chris Brown and managing to keep her endorsements. Beyonce was involved in a lateral scandal when there was talk of her mother Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles divorcing. The two artists should not be compared but instead as one commentor said, praised for being recognized in their industry. I just watched the “I am Here” video and the tape showed Beyonce singing for President Obama .
    Beyonce has even performed for President Bush as well. These are accolades that are difficult to surpass. There is a quote that says success means that one has found contentment and happiness with their choice of a profession. It is evident that Beyonce and Rhianna have accomplished success and I salute these two hard working women in the music industry.

  95. TRUTH December 24, 2011

    BEYONCE ONLY HAS 5 NUMBER ONES THATS SAD 15 YRS IN THE GAME BUT NO REAL MUSIC .

  96. rah82 July 12, 2012

    Beyonce is legendary!

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