UK Sales: Rihanna Surpasses 20 Million Sold Figure

Published: Tuesday 26th Jun 2012 by David

Congratulations are in order for Rihanna creators Jay Brown and Jay Z.

Responsible for turning the Caribbean teen into a cultural phenom, the genius pair’s efforts often go unnoticed lost in the blur that is the the singer’s hype.

Today, they will wake up to news not even they could have anticipated.

Find out why below…

As of this week, the singer has sold over 20 million units (albums/singles) in the United Kingdom alone, this according to the Official Charts Company.

Thus far, she has sold a whopping six million albums and 14 million singles within the space of seven years.

These sales have made her the only female artist in British chart history to have featured on five  #1 singles in five consecutive years, starting with ‘Umbrella’ in 2007 and the monster hit ‘We Found Love’ in 2011.

On ‘The Jay’s’ success, the Official Charts Managing Director beamed:

Rihanna’s record, in selling more than 20 million singles and albums in the space of seven years, is truly staggering. There certainly must have been something in the water when she – and Adele three months later – was born in Spring 1988!

Well done Rihanna!

Here’s to this feat, the ones that will follow and the US #1 album we’re sure you’ll get…eventually.


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  1. -_- June 26, 2012

    Sam is FUMING!! lmao! 😀

    • bigboi June 26, 2012

      LOOOOOOL you already know…..imagine if alexsandra burke sold that much we would never hear the end

      • DARREN June 26, 2012


      • Lax June 27, 2012


  2. f*ckthehaters June 26, 2012

    I’m not even surprised because THAT RIHANNA REIGN JUST WONT LET THE F*** UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Nana Applehead LovesSwift June 26, 2012


    • Ugh June 26, 2012

      ppl are confusing the word legend with icon. ya’ll are reaching

      • Lax June 26, 2012

        Top 20 Albums Of 2011
        01 21 – ADELE 3,772,000
        02 CHRISTMAS – MICHAEL BUBLE 1,292,000
        03 DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS – BRUNO MARS 1,214,420
        04 19 – ADELE 1,210,410
        05 MYLO XYLOTO – COLDPLAY 907,000
        06 LOUD – RIHANNA 876,000
        07 BORN THIS WAY – LADY GAGA 821,000
        08 WHO YOU ARE – JESSIE J 805,000
        09 + – ED SHEERAN 791,000
        10 TALK THAT TALK – RIHANNA 655,000
        12 IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW – OLLY MURS 597,000
        13 THE LADY KILLER – CEE LO GREEN 560,000
        15 PROGRESS – TAKE THAT 484,000
        16 UP ALL NIGHT – ONE DIRECTION 468,000
        17 NO MORE IDOLS – CHASE & STATUS 461,000
        18 4 – BEYONCE 451,000
        19 GREATEST HITS – WESTLIFE 423,000
        20 CRAZY LOVE – MICHAEL BUBLE 410,000

        Keep yo foot to that Petal Rih, Rih, keep making waves and
        less not speak on yo single sales because we or trying to keep the peace.

      • JoJo (istan4rihanna) June 27, 2012

        umm no were not

  4. HottieHellYeahh June 26, 2012

    That Rihanna reign just won’t let up .

  5. Miguel June 26, 2012

    Congrats to her
    If she didn’t have the sultry tone of voice, stage presence and s**-appeal she has, and work ethic, she wouldn’t have made it this far…

  6. slimsexy June 26, 2012

    What is so special,she has 6 albums and sold only 6 million.she can’t be compared to adele who has only 2 or 3 albums.

    • Benron June 26, 2012

      Have you ever seen how small the U.K is, its not like selling 6 million here, which takes a while its MUCH harder!

    • Lax June 26, 2012

      Rih is so very special!

    • Lax June 27, 2012

      @SLIMSEXY Your name is a good screen name
      because its a reminder that i am slim and s***.
      Between Rihanna and Adele, the charts don’t stand a chance. Martin Talbot (the Official Charts Company’s Managing Director) made an eye-opening correlation between the two when he said, “There certainly must have been something in the water when she – and Adele three months later – was born in Spring 1988!”

      Maybe chart-topping dust was sprinkled in the water then.

  7. joker June 26, 2012

    it’s solid. nothing else. 😉

  8. sharon June 26, 2012

    Rihanna’s record, in selling more than 20 million singles and albums in the space of seven years, is truly staggering.

    Seven years and that all she sold 20 million plus. With all the hype overseas I though she would have been in the 90-100 million bracket in a 7 year spand

    • sharon June 26, 2012

      Also what was up with the crown? Seems like they did not know the song Cockiness at all LMAO

      • Ugh June 26, 2012

        the performance was awful and don’t even get me started on the dancing 😐

    • Facts June 26, 2012

      She is between her US and UK sales only she has sold about 76,000,000 records. She has sold about 48,000,000 singles and 8,000,000 albums in the US and 20,000,000 records in the UK. So if you use a little common sense that you clearly lack her total Worldwide sales are in the 85,000,000-100,000,000.

    • Benron June 26, 2012

      Its the u.k I don’t think anybody has sold even half of that!

  9. Nika June 26, 2012

    that’s my B****!!!

  10. kimberly June 26, 2012

    Six albums? ????????????sales of six albums

  11. Lax June 26, 2012

    This is just wonderful news to read about a
    new Milestone for Rih. She is still working
    hard to reach even higher heights in her arts
    and crafts, all she want and need is time to
    perfect what she has did already and just
    like many who or learning by trial and error
    she deserves that same chance.
    Six albums in 6 years looks great in her corner
    to me and there’s no documented law that is
    written or otherwise to say that it’s aganist the
    law to drop 6 albums in 6 years….

  12. Godyonce June 26, 2012

    Congrats to RiRi. She works hard for her money. Just hope she’s around another 10 years to keep doing this and learns to take her art and influence more seriously ’cause its evident from that mess on Sunday that she’s on something.

  13. JJFan1814 June 26, 2012

    That Rihanna Reign Just Won’t Let Up!

    Expect to add to this figure once that 7th album drops and snatch weaves around the world once more.

  14. Lax June 26, 2012

    She has drive and tons of raw determination she has
    a great team around her and she need to pay attention closely
    to what they have taught her because there’s no telling where
    she will be able to go if she sticks to her work ethics and stay
    the course. Rih stop rebelling because you or better then that
    and reserve all that you have been lucky to have been blessed
    with. That is the will and the drive to run this race without sweating
    the small stuff and knowing how to get even instead of mad!

  15. dezi June 26, 2012

    Good job ri

  16. So So DEF June 26, 2012

    And Beyonce The KANG…. whatever
    Where is Chucky (aka Blue)

    • REALTALK June 26, 2012


      • So So DEF June 26, 2012

        Hi Tina
        I thought I told you about your Mental illness, its not a good look at all.

        Keep doing it, as people are seeing how ugly you all truly are.

        you hate dark skin but want “BLACKS” to support your Fraud illiterate daughter.

        You all need help.

      • So So DEF June 26, 2012

        Oh, and Sony may be enjoying that, Beyonce gets the crumbs (and from the crumbs she has to pay off the atty fees and settlements)

        Yall are grasping for straws, relevance and dollars and YOU KNOW THIS

  17. KayeV June 26, 2012

    wow , Sam is actually giving her praise for a change ? give it a few more hours and he/she will be slagging her off again

    • Benron June 26, 2012

      praise? Read the last line!

    • Lax June 26, 2012

      If the Grape and staff think about it, then they would realize
      and know that you can catch more flies with honey then you’can old fried chicken grease!

  18. BEYONCE’S WEAVE June 26, 2012

    Samantha must have been cutting himself when writing this article. He is fuming with rage knowing that despite his efforts to shade Rihanna, she keeps on persevering. Her hard work ethic just keeps on delivering results and Samantha is just angry with rage at this whilst beating off to a picture of Chris Brown.

    Rihanna has shown once again why she is the baddest chick out there. She is snatching wigs and weaves, pulling tracks and unlacing lace-fronts without taking any names. You all better watch out because this is just the beginning.

    • Benron June 26, 2012


      • Lax June 26, 2012

        @Beyonce’s Weave……Preach, Preach!

  19. cat lover June 26, 2012

    only??? thot she would have sold more … Beyonce still remains the queen

  20. Beyonce’s Blog June 26, 2012

    Do you guys find it funny that when there is a compliment about Rihanna’s success, it always says posted by “That Grapejuice Staff”, but when there’s pure hate, he posts as “SAM”. Get it together you tired queen!

  21. Justin June 26, 2012

    It took Rihanna 6 years and 6 albums to reach 20 million AFTER Adele sold 20 million with 1 ALBUM in 1 year……AMAZING!

    • Beyonce’s Blog June 26, 2012

      Dummy, this is for UK SALES ONLY STUPID, NOT WORLWIDE!!!!

    • Lax June 26, 2012

      @Justin it does not matter how long and how many
      albums to no body but those who wish bad on Rih!

      The music His-To-Rih Books will not list how many albums
      they dropped but they will list that she sold 20 million Sweets.

      • Ohreally June 26, 2012


        Don’t be silly of course the books will list it took her 6 albums to amass the 20million units….and to @Justin’s defense Adele has already sold 6 million albums in the UK so with 2 albums she matched her album sales. SMH

      • Lax June 26, 2012

        @OhReally and with “ADELE” two albums don’t you
        be silly she matched beyonce 4 albums and she did it with those same two albums, soooooooo! Your point see the
        point is now you remember BEYONCE is seen as the Almighty in the bee hives eyes but Rihanna is seen as a Talentless caribbean whos not supposed to be able to
        “Carry a Tune in a Brown Paper Sack” Remember how Rih is always called Talentless, ugly, do not deserve jack shyt, and she can’t do this or that yet she graced that stage this pass week in with her Mentor, it is what it is. To many Rihann is undeserving because she can’t howl, grold and pop that choochie like beyonce and besides all of that she (Rihanna) is truly a hard worker owning up to her short coming and doing the best she can do and still giving it her best shot. And at the end of the day you have to give her credit for getting off her ass and doing something with what she does have to offer. There or many who or far more talented then Rih is but no matter how you slice it Rihanna is a Great Entertainer. Rihanna manges to keep the crowds engaged and she Rocks!

  22. aishaaguilerakeys June 26, 2012

    Well, congrats! Looks like they love her over there (no wonder J’s targeting the UK for Rita) more than anywhere else. Least she’ll know where to go for love and support when her albums start selling less elsewhere.

  23. Stans Make Me LOL June 26, 2012

    I believe that there are plenty more artists who deserve this more than Rihanna (I’m sorry, but there are a ton of singers who’s talents and dedication far surpass this girls), however I have to congratulate Rihanna, she had a wild and crazy dream and she went for it. She has fearlessly grabbed every opportunity with both hands and is riding the wave that others are not lucky enough to get, so to be honest more power to her.
    Plus I have to mention that black female doing big things in the UK is VERY rare, so BIG BIG Congrats to her and her team!

    • Benron June 26, 2012

      She is fearless!

    • Lax June 26, 2012

      Her talent, drive and get off her ass and make shyt happen
      is what has helps her to be a Over Comer.
      That is what is wrong with many who judges Rih so harshaly is just what you typed, there or others who or more Deserving, You GOTTA love her haters because they tell you
      straight up why they or Mad, salty and as bitter as hell.

      • Stans Make Me LOL June 27, 2012

        This is the thing Lax, if you read my comment you will see that my comment is in no way hating Rihanna. I actually congratulated her for having the balls to go after her dreams and smashing up the music industry in the process.
        I have just witnessed some underground artist who do a lot more than Rihanna in terms of talent and dedication who have failed to have this success and who really deserve it. This does not mean that Riri doesn’t deserve her success, I just wish that she would take her music and impact on the industry more seriously and stop with the whole “I dont give a f*** ” thing, because she has been extremely LUCKY from the beginning of her career to now and to be fair, she really should give a f***.

        Oh and Stans Make Me LOL because you guys make out like these celebs are Gods who can do know wrong. THEY ARE HUMAN, stop glorifying everything they do; because the truth is sometimes they make good songs, sometimes they make s*** ones, sometimes they sing really good and other times they sound like crap, ect, ect…. Its fine, accept it, enjoy their music and support them without being blind or delusion.

  24. LORD June 26, 2012


    24% of her sales come from the UK. NOT THE US, the UK. and Rihanna stans talk about Beyonce being “LOCAL”.


    • Facts June 26, 2012

      You want to know what’s really funny is that between her US and UK sales only she has sold about 76,000,000 records. She has sold about 48,000,000 singles and 8,000,000 albums in the US and 20,000,000 records in the UK. So if you use a little common sense that you clearly lack her total Worldwide sales are in the 85,000,000-100,000,000.

    • Benron June 26, 2012

      Beyonce stans love to critisize without the facts, some Beyhvie told me #TTT only sold 278,000 copies in 7 months I WAS like…. Where? In china?

  25. Benron June 26, 2012

    Really people, someone is comparing Adele’s worldwide sales of 2 albums to Rihanna’s U.K. sales… look at a map and see why she has only sold 20 million there, its a small country. Stop acting new to downplay others sucsess.

    And do you think after the game topped the charts with 98k or adele with 65k like 3 times just this year. Rihanna cares about her placing on the charts, no! So she has never been the biggest selling album of her own week, all she needs to do is release her album when BIG NAMES aren’t (she hasn’t figured this out yet)

    Sam is a fail, and what was really embarrasing is this site.

    • Lax June 26, 2012

      @BENRON cosign

  26. Uhoh12 June 26, 2012

    If only the UK mattered…

    * snicker *

    But congrats to all the puppet masters behind the scenes maneuvering and manipulating the success of this talentless hack.

    • Benron June 26, 2012

      What does matter? To you haters whatever she does isn’t enough, everyone rejoiced when Rita got a U.K #1 or when Beyonce got to 29 on their chart but this isn’t enough smh!

  27. Alex Thomas June 26, 2012

    This is insane.

  28. Auntie_Jackie June 26, 2012

    The UK loves her! I see her smashing there from sometime to come.

  29. Gaaglooo! June 26, 2012

    Well Done Goat!:-)) Uk Loves You, Bravo!!!

  30. chase June 26, 2012

    QUEEN and ICON as well as LEGEND in the MAKING!!!!

  31. WHYBhi5 June 26, 2012

    Lol at So So Def @ 7:13am and 4:04 pm, u so stupid.
    CONGRATS RiRi, for w/o u Camel wouldn’t be such a big household name and Jay wouldn’t be a dot on the radar of music in the music scene *ahem cough cough* : o. : ). It is ur unique one-of-a-kind nightingale-like voice and persona that have u reigning, excelling and accomplishing. THAT RIHANNA. She ain’t gon let nobody . . . .

  32. whyohwhy June 26, 2012

    UK is all for the beats and no talent on this one here. Sad it still dont mean nothing. Legends have talent she dont, so please dont call her one.. This will only be something we will laugh at when she is put back on that burger line when you nuts finally learn that nice beats dont make a star and especially one without talent… I think she should go live in the UK since they fell for it… That insult to Adele (same sentence) was wrong…

  33. Lax June 26, 2012

    The uk daily mail Rihanna Penning song Lyrics, its great being good
    in any place where you can get the attention, the billings, and the love
    i mean what different does it make any artist in their right mind would love
    to be selling there in the Uk too.

  34. Lax June 26, 2012

    Think about this….If you want to put Rih down for doing great in the UK
    Then why aren’t any of you who say its nothing why is it something for
    Rita, beyonce, adele, britney, gaga, maryj, chris, jayz, nas, wayne, trez,
    ice tee, snoop, and the whole Music Industry to do great in the UK and
    its as this DERANGED WHY OH WHY is saying that the UK is all about
    No Talent and the beats, see how Nutty this persons thinking is. Whats
    good for the goose is good for the Gander….
    @WHY OH WHY….Take your Meds and You Will Deal!!!!!

  35. Lax June 26, 2012

    Yep the Uk Love Rihanna and she loves them back!

  36. Lax June 26, 2012

    @WHY OH WHY I just wonder if, burno mars, flo rider, whitney, d guetta, nicki, gaga, beyonce, shaggy, bee gees, black eyed peas, xtina, adele, beatles, mj, spice girls, kylie m, george michael, slade, sade, leona, kelly, jennifer, celine, nellie, queen, rolling stones, beatles, bruce springsteen, pink, amy, and countless others as you say the UK likes beats and not talent, i just wonder if these Artist right her and countless others who songs/music and sales are from the UK I wonder why they did not get the mimo.
    This shows me and tells me that your comment about and aganist Rihanna is null and void because these or musician who has made it and has good sales from the Uk and no one not NAAAAAARRRRY One has ever come up with some s*** like you or pulling out of yo ass trying to DESTROY the joy of Rihanna hitting this great MILESTONE, tell you what don’t even try to talk NEGATIVELY about her
    MILESTONE because you or pulling anything like you always do , straight out of yo ass and slinging it and anything to try and make it stick aganist Rihanna its okay and perfectly yo right to not give a phuck about Rihanna or her music because thats yo right and no one have got a gun pointed at yo CONE SHAPED
    AIR HEAD Trying to make you like Rih’s music but you or a ball faced liar about the UK lOVING BEATS AND NO TALENT ARTIST, YO ASS HAS BEEN “CORKED AND SCREWED”…..U R A LYING WONDER!

  37. Kween June 26, 2012

    Even thought Talk that Talk ain’t sell as much as expected we still killing them.! HA THAT RIHANNA REIGN JUST WON’T LET UP! CONGRATS RIRI!

  38. Kween Ebony June 26, 2012

    Even thought Talk that Talk ain’t sell as much as expected we still killing them.! HA THAT RIHANNA REIGN JUST WON’T LET UP! CONGRATS RIRI!

  39. Lax June 26, 2012

    @kimberly , why oh why , bee hive and chris, team breezy if me the navy,
    bee hive, and team breezy pay attention to these post then perhaps we can start to mend the fences of hate and trying to tear each other down so hard, pass post and they or greaaaaaaaat.
    June 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Wow thats a beautiful photo of her. She needs to look at this and remember less is more when it comes to hair styling and make-up.


    Please don’t take this post seriously, guys, as viewers we need to demand better quality and less bitchery from this site because i am tired of this b*******. Instead of making professinal and factual articles, @TGJTeam keeps producing shady and shotty pieces of crap used to create controversy and comment hits. Instead of creating creative post where fun and meaningful discussions can be made, this site does nothing but promote stan wars and petty biased by the site. This site needs to do better, and we need to make Sam do better. I feel in this post either people should say something positive abour Rihanna, Something with constructive critisism and not shade or hate towards Rihanna, and/or have a complaint/critisism about the direction of this site over the past few months. I hope that everyone reads this and follows through.


    KissMeKate Replied:
    June 16th, 2012 at 1:05 pm
    completely agree with you phoenix. Even though i stan for this so hard (the fast news, their professional, their opinions and the fact that theyve interviewed almost of my faves) i hope this discussion doesnt get ugly.

    on the flipside, how can the navy expect that grape juice not to post on her when she stays looking for trouble. She always taunts trouble. this site is actually proffesional compared to alot of the other sites.

    plus they update faster than rihannadaily does.


    Honestly Speaking Replied:
    June 16th, 2012 at 1:19 pm
    The point isn’t that they post on her. The fact of the matter is that they’ve made their feelings for this woman very clear over the course of the last year alone. If they can’t stand her so much then why keep posting on her? obviously she is one of the only things that keeps their viewership so high. They should just rename this site and keep it real.

    Kingphoenix Replied:
    June 16th, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    Yeah i agree 100% with what you said too. But lately they have not been sitting right with me. They have been real nit picky to the point of mean, and have not been doing their homework/fact checking…hopefully things get better because i love this site too.

    As for the navy, girl, no comment…atlteast not for this post. *wink*

    June 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    The Good: Rihanna actually looks quite lovely in the above pick!

    The Bad: She is falling apart slowly but surely! Unfortunately she isn’t the only young black artist who receives a great deql of negative media publicity! If they don’t get her in line she could easily go the way of a Lindsay Lohan (a young very troubled bad actress)!

    The Ugly: Rihanna and Chris were teenage lovers. Stop the bullsh** about them being in a “volatile relationship! She laid hands on him, he laid hands on her it happened 3 yrs ago, they were young, move on ppl!

    When will we all grow the phuck up and act like folks with good sense instead of knowing it all and always trying to put each other down i can and will change IF YOU DO AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU OR, WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER BECAUSE LIFE IS SHORTEN THEN WE THING FOLKS………

    • Lax June 26, 2012

      Rihanna and the King of Rock n’ Roll has something
      in Common.
      With five number one singles in five years, Rihanna is the first singer to equal King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley’s record on UK charts.
      On January 9th, 2011 Rihanna released a statement on her Twitter page, thanking her overseas fans for helping her break another record. “Another week!,” she wrote. “LOUD and What’s my Name are the #1 ALBUM and SINGLE respectively!!! UK you are on FYAH!!! Rah Rah! THANK U! Where my #UKNavy.”

      The 22-year-old pop sensation from Barbados is the only singer to match the King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley’s record on the British charts: five number one singles in five consecutive years. From “Umbrella” to “What’s My Name,” the newly red-headed singer has become the princess of the United Kingdom charts.

      Rihanna’s “Umbrella” Hit the Charts in 2007

  40. JER June 26, 2012

    Get off the #1 album b*******. Anyone can strategically get a #1 album. You have to SMASH to get a #1 single, that’s all that matters in today’s industry. Anyone who’s anyone has hit singles, NOT #1 albums. How’s Adam Lambert, Evanescence, Scotty McCreary, Cake, Jack White, and Mac Miller careers doing? NOTHING. They all had #1 albums within the last year and with pitiful sales I might add. If you want to see who’s selling, check the Top 10 of the Hot 100 where your 4lop fave hasnt been in 3 years. BeYAWNce’s only chance is with the lead single of her new album. She better pull out ALL the stops because if your lead single/promo/buzz single/street single/demoted first single doesn’t smash on iTunes you’re nobody.

    • theman June 26, 2012

      Uh Evanescence had one little debacle with their latest album. It should almost be gold anyway. Scotty McCreary’s album is platinum, and has sold more copies than Rihanna’s. Mac Miller is an independent artist. How would Rihanna fare without hit singles.

    • Lax June 27, 2012

      @JER cosign

  41. andel morrison June 26, 2012


  42. Shadiest b**** June 26, 2012

    Rihanna ALWAYS sell singles and not so much albums… Congratz riri

  43. Saetana June 27, 2012

    Notice how TGJ try to credit Jay-Z and co with Rihanna’s success rather than Rihanna herself, snidey, bitchy and nasty – par for the course unfortunately. Congratulations to Rihanna, we love her here in the UK and many a US act has flopped over there (not that I’m saying she is a flop in the US) only to find a warmer welcome here (Kings of Leon for example).

  44. Lax June 27, 2012

    Rihanna just hold it straight baby girl and stay the course
    Other chart-topping feats for the 24-year-old include becoming the only female artist ever to achieve the Official Singles and Official Albums Chart double TWICE in the same year with different singles and albums with 2010’s ‘Loud’ and her most recent project ‘Talk That Talk.’ And while we’re talking about RiRi’s achievements, might as well mention the fact that Rihanna is also the only female artist in the history of the Official Charts to have featured on five Number 1 singles in five consecutive years (2007’s Umbrella, 2008’s Take A Bow, 2009’s Run This Town, 2010’s Only Girl In The World, and 2011’s We Found Love

  45. Yea i said it June 27, 2012

    point blank she stay winning!

  46. matreiya July 1, 2012

    Yeah, she winning until she has to head to rehab. The h** is on drugs

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