Arguably, Rihanna has never been an R&B act, despite dabbling in the genre every now and again throughout her seven year career.
However, in what is a testament to her far reaching appeal, the chart topper’s latest single ‘Diamonds’ has hit #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop tally, despite being…well… not R&B.
Despite being unable to compete with Adele and Ke$ha on the Billboard Hot 100, the Pop star did beat Miguel’s ‘Adorn’ and Beyonce‘s ‘Dance For You‘ on an R&B front, coming in at #1.
All this, despite coming in at #61 on the R&B/ Hip Hop airplay tally.
Interesting, as it indicates the sales of the number were generated by its heavy rotation of Pop outlets– giving her a unique advantage over the Keyshia Cole‘s, Brandy‘s and Ciara‘s of the world,who don’t have the benefit of the singer’s ‘Top 40’ positioning.
Here’s hoping the release of its video will see‘Diamonds‘ take its rightful place atop the Hot 100 in time for the release of album #7.
However, with Adele‘s ‘Skyfall’ already pulling a ‘21‘ less than a week after release, chart domination may prove a little tougher than usual for ‘Ms.Take A Bow‘ this year.