Admittedly, That Grape Juice was among the critics who panned Rihanna‘s last album, the 2016-released ‘Anti,’ for its adventurous offerings and an equally risky rollout that raised eyebrows and saw heads scratched at how it managed to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America a day after its release (despite selling less than 500 copies its first week).
Now, it appears the Bajan beauty will have the last laugh.
As calls for the project’s yet-titled follow-up increase, the diva’s fans – affectionately called #TheNavy – appear to be clinging tight to its content, a feat evidenced by its buoyancy on the Billboard 200. Nearing its 200th week on the chart, the set’s enduring success on the tally has penciled Ri in its history books for quite the impressive feat.
Released January 2016, ‘Anti’ – Rihanna’s 8th studio effort – peaked at #1 and spawned the hits ‘Work,’ ‘Needed Me,’ ‘Kiss It Better,’ and ‘Love on the Brain.’ Obviously still on the brains of her legion of fans in the absence of new music, the set actually rose in sales equivalence over the last week (pushing it up to #137 on the Billboard 200’s most refreshed edition as seen below).
Notching its 191st week on the tally, the stat was just what the #Navy leader needed to sail past Beyonce’s third solo effort, 2008’s ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce,’ to become the longest running album on the Billboard 200 by a Black female. Bey’s ‘Single Ladies’-led LP previously owned the title for its 190 week run on the chart.
As it relates to all women, Ri has a long way to go to the top. Among the ladies at the summit are Adele‘s 2011 album, ’21’ (432 weeks), Carole King‘s ‘Tapestry’ (318 weeks), and Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Born to Die’ (327). As if they aren’t enough, Taylor Swift also has three titles that have each notched 250 weeks or more in the Billboard 200. Click here to read about that.