In lieu of new music, Rihanna fans (affectionately called #TheNavy) are holding tight to her mountain of former hits as evidenced by the tunes’ ongoing buoyancy on real-time digital platform charts.
Already christened the “Queen of Digital Downloads” for over a decade-long domination of iTunes, Amazon, and other digital music retailers, the weekend served reminder the Grammy winner’s digital reign also extends to streaming when she laid claim to yet another title thanks to her 2016 hit, ‘This Is What You Came For’ (led by Calvin Harris).
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Over the weekend, Harris & Rihanna’s hit – ‘This is What You Came For’ – crossed the 1 billion streams threshold on Spotify. Becoming the 62nd song in the platform’s 11-year history to achieve the feat, the win comes of special note to Rih as she’s now the second female artist who debuted in the 2000’s (predating Spotify’s launch) to have a tune reach streams of 10 digits. Only Lady Gaga, thanks to her 2018 hit, ‘Shallow,’ can boast the same.
Reports have it ‘Came For’s enduring success pushes Rih’s overall tally (as a lead and featured act) to a whopping career total of 19 billion streams, which makes her the app’s most streamed female artist ever.
As calls for new music from the Bajan beauty intensifies, we anticipate that figure will greatly increase once fans get their hands on her long-awaited project later this year.