Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ Finally Passes 500,000 In Sales

Published: Tuesday 9th Aug 2016 by Rashad
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The chart-run of Rihanna‘s octonary opus, ‘Anti,’ has been nothing short of impressive…on the surface.

Excluding that confusing multi-“lead” single startup and #27 debut, the album has been a Billboard 200 juggernaut, not only capturing the top spot for multiple weeks since its February 2016 debut, but also only knowing a handful of weeks outside of the top 5 for the nearly 6 months its been available.

However, what appears a clear victory to chart-watchers has been achieved on the heels of some interesting supporting stats.  Even after earning an RIAA “double platinum” certification  (note:  some of the stats that make up this achievement include “free” downloads) and, later, a Nielsen-reported sales receipt confirming at least platinum status (a figure majorly made up of streams), Billboard confirms the ‘Work’-led work has only recently crossed the 500,000 mark…in pure sales.

Tragic or triumphant?  It’s a matter of perspective we suppose.

But, while the ‘Cheers’ singer and her team lift up a glass to ‘Anti’s continued “success,” we encourage you to tuck in below to check out who else is occupying the Billboard 200’s upper rankings alongside the Bajan beauty this week:

Via Billboard:

Rihanna’s former No. 1, Anti, falls one rung to No. 5 on the new Billboard 200 with 32,000 units (down 2 percent). The album recently surpassed 500,000 in total U.S. sales. Each of the diva’s eight studio albums have now sold more than a half-million copies.

Billboard 200 This Week

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  1. CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

    Kiiiiiii finally!

    • Girl August 9, 2016

      She’s still at the top 5 meanwhile Beyoncé is where Sam oh ok

  2. Fancy BISH August 9, 2016

    Bey did that and more her first week *Sips Lemonade* *SMACKS* lol

    • Datredd23 August 9, 2016

      what did Iggy do though? Diamonds alone slays her entire career

      • Fancy BISH August 9, 2016

        Bey is slaying the both of them! lol, are you happy now?

    • © Centurion ::. August 9, 2016

      Meanwhile Iggy can’t even release a second single and get an album release date, and has ran back home to be a judge on a talent show. *Sips Lemonade* *SMACKS* lol

      • © Centurion ::. August 9, 2016


      • Fancy BISH August 9, 2016

        “…and has ran back home to be a judge on a talent show.” – © Centurion
        I’ll just finish my glass of Lemonade in your shade lol…can I do that? I’m almost through chile, stop rushing me! lol

  3. Anastasia Beaverhousen August 9, 2016

    Here comes the stan war. Lol. Congrats Rihanna. 😸

  4. Pat August 9, 2016

    One of th biggest selling albums of the year. Congrats

  5. LB August 9, 2016

    That top ten is the best it’s ever been in 6 months. I love it when authenticity wins.
    Tired of gimmicks, cheaters, thieves, smoke and mirrors blemishing the top ten.
    Anyway slay a little AubRih, this has been their year.

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 9, 2016

      Gimmicks, smoke & Mirrors…. Sounds like Sansung and purchased plaques to me.

      • Cupid August 10, 2016

        Lol Rih still sold half a mill even after giving away those copies. You got to admit this is impressive.

    • BEY>RIH August 9, 2016

      Sorry but there is still a cheater/ gimmick and smoke and mirrors im the top ten. I mean… Buying plaques alone is shameful.

  6. IStan4Rihanna. August 9, 2016

    Congrats. Honey.


    However, it surpassed “500K” sales two weeks weeks ago.


    U.S.A S.P.S: 1,483,000 as of August 2016, so yes, it’s certainly a matter of “perspective”.

    • LB August 9, 2016

      What’s the streaming update BTW?

  7. Datredd23 August 9, 2016

    Her album was made available for streaming she’s the number one selling digital artist and the most pirated female artist of all time it’s a double edge sword if you ask me

    • BEY>RIH August 9, 2016

      Beyoncè 4 is the most pirated album of all time by a female and still sold 3 million yet it was a “flop”.

      • Datredd23 August 9, 2016

        Streaming was not the main seller force in music at that time like it is now maybe that’s why idk I never said it was a flop TBH

  8. Anastasia Beaverhousen August 9, 2016

    Well,both Rih and Bey have reasons to celebrate today!


  9. Black power August 9, 2016

    She passed 500,000 like two weeks ago… This post is LATEEEEE like everything else on this late ass blog

  10. Meteorite August 9, 2016

    I’m fangirling right now! I just heard “Show Me How You Burlesque” by Christina during the US Woman’s gymnastics!!!

  11. © Centurion ::. August 9, 2016

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    • CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

      Still gets more hits than ppl in South Africa have access to clean water.

      • © Centurion ::. August 9, 2016

        Was that supposed to be drag? 💀💀💀

      • © Centurion ::. August 9, 2016

        *a drag?

    • BEY>RIH August 9, 2016

      What’s atrl’s rank?

  12. IStan4Rihanna. August 9, 2016



    ‘ANTI’ streams to date WW: 1.2B


    ‘ANTI’ streams including individual track-sales to date WW: 2.6B


    Overall: 3.8B streams WW; the second most behind a female artist after ever Katy Perry’s “PRISM” which is at 5.5B WW and the album has only been out for seven months!


    EPIC! 😉

    • LB August 9, 2016

      Thanks, can’t wait for it to pass Prism

  13. Rosie August 9, 2016

    Didn’t it pass 500K like 2 weeks ago? Late
    It’s her best album so I’m not going to come at anyone in here.

  14. #JACKIE August 9, 2016

    Wow what a f****** FLOP!

    • FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade August 9, 2016

      Lol coming from a Ciara fan…

    • King Mark111 August 9, 2016

      Ciara pass 4 flops is under 500k all together. Don’t.

  15. Tea spilled August 9, 2016

    This is her worst album to date. Besides “Kiss it better”, I wasn’t impressed. Thank goodness I streamed the album and didn’t buy it, money saved.

  16. CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

    She’s not coming at anyone bc she just got clocked for clinging to streams for her tumblr fad fave.

    • Rosie August 9, 2016

      Hey, can somebody check up on ChavSoldier? They keep trying it in every post. Are they sure they don’t have BPD? I heard stalking is a symptom for it.

  17. Rosie August 9, 2016

    From now on, I am no longer replying to people whose stan for those who can’t sell more than 100K worldwide total. Maybe that’ll help them more than a therapist. Hope they find peace soon!

    • CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

      ironic considering the rat in your gravatar 😂😂

      • Rosie August 9, 2016

        Maybe it’ll help if I lower the standard a bit?
        What about 80K?

      • CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

        It’d need to be 10k for that subway rat

      • Rosie August 9, 2016

        Oh, Grimes surely cleared that in her first “week” (which was actually a few days) if you’d actually took the time to look at receipts instead of making them up 🙁

      • CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

        She literally sold 11k in her first week. What tf are you seriously doing sis? Lmfao!

      • Rosie August 9, 2016

        You said 10K.
        11K > 10K.
        Someone needs to take a remedial math course, it seems.

      • CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

        And you need to go “stream” your flop fave

  18. B_Roni August 9, 2016

    This is her best album I think. She should stick to this type of music and maybe add 2 pop tracks in there. I like all her music but this is my favorite album. I can honestly say that I’m excited for her sales. That means even with giving 1 million away for free and having the album available for streaming , she has fans that will either buy it more than one of just buy it in general. I’m guilty of both.

    • BEY>RIH August 9, 2016

      There is no need to be excited over sales honey… This is very mediocre.

  19. CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

    Kiiii are you mad that you got exposed for using streams to inflate halseys numbers, yet you STAY dragging anti? 2 posts isn’t stalking sis, it’s clocking your fake hypocritical a$$$

    • Rosie August 9, 2016

      I’m not mad at all! I’m actually seriously concerned for your health, sir.
      And I’m not the one who was “clocked” considering you were the one who changed the subject every few comments in the Botney post when I served with with actual receipts.

      • CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

        Where were the changes in subject sis? I literally replied to every point you made while you backtracked after getting clocked. I’m screaming at you playing the victim 😂😂😂😂

      • Rosie August 9, 2016

        lmao when it started with YOU RUNNING into my reply box as usual, trying to “drag!1″ Lana
        • Tried it with tired ass graveyard tour” attempt at a drag. I provided you with receipts showing full arena (out of many)
        • Out of nowhere you tried dragging my avi (Grimes), thinking it was Halsey
        • All I said was that Grimes doesn’t really care about sales and even with that Visions and Art Angels sold more than 100K.
        • Tried to come at me for using critical acclaim as a backtrack. Says I was hinting at it. B**** where? All I said was that Grimes doesn’t care. She’s doesn’t care about critics either if you knew anything about her, even though she is indeed acclaimed.
        • Then out of nowhere asks “what is grimes actually good for?” Once again, that’s YOU backtracking. The f*** does this have to do with anything lol.
        Let’s not start on how you backtracked when I clocked your old ass receipts on BADLANDS’s sales and claimed I was clinging to streaming when nobody even said a damn thing about it then, absolute death.

      • Rosie August 9, 2016

        And of course you’re gonna reply with something abouh “blah blah blah/”essay”/girl i have you mad!” when all I’m trying to do is show you how obsessed you look.
        If you’re not going to seek help, at least find another hobby because this one is pathetic💀

      • CherylSoldierr August 9, 2016

        Obsessed sis? The main point is that all of your statements were based on hypocrisy and LIES. It’s just a Ki Ki when you come for Brit and rih when you Stan for a troll who sells 11k and can’t book anything bigger than a 200 seat dungeon.

      • Rosie August 9, 2016

        You going into hiding for a GOOD minute for nothing💀
        WHAT lies? WHAT hypocrisy? I can come for whoever I want, trick. And if me dragging Frih even though I Stan Grimes is “hypocrisy” then maybe you should stay in your lane, too. Don’t come for anybody period when your fave’s last album only charted in 4 counties (3 really since Scotland is part of the UK, mess).

  20. FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade August 9, 2016

    Knowing she is not the biggest album seller plus the give away plus the album being avaible to stream on different outlet plus the messy roll out plus the lack of promo and still scanning gold it’s a good thing for any artist let’s not talk for Rihanna
    With the vma and the different festival in the usa she will headline maybe she can go platinum in pure sales.

    • BEY>RIH August 9, 2016

      Plus this.. Plus that… The bítch is only good at selling singles and streaming. The album won’t crossing 1 million in pure sales anytime soon…

  21. B. Hill August 9, 2016

    ROFLMAO. Damn near 8 months to JUST go 500k. Definition of a flop! Lemonade did in one week what Canti took nearby a year to do.

  22. BEY>RIH August 9, 2016

    These sales are pathetic!! Thought she was the queen?!? Gotta be able to sell a product more than 1.29 to be a queen.

    • Memo August 9, 2016

      The so-called ”Queen” cannot scan Diamond tho! The self-drag!

      • Cops Give A Damn About A Negro! Pull A Trigga Kill A N**** He’s A Hero ~ Tyler August 9, 2016

        The self-drag! Lol Rihanna cant even go multiplatinum

  23. Theman August 9, 2016

    Good for her. But she did this a few weeks ago. Pure sales > streaming though. Free streams are whack. People enjoy trying to use them as a clutch. Nope..

    • Datredd23 August 9, 2016

      Well if streaming didn’t exist people would buy more albums silly her album was made available to stream on all outlets lol if it was as easy as everyone says it is where is everyone else at on the charts?

  24. Truth August 9, 2016

    I tag this album a flop. No bonafied pop star should take this long to sell so little. These are embarrassing numbers.

  25. Grande The Way August 9, 2016

    When are people going to accept that streams are the future? I give this “pure sales” fad until the end of the year until no one uses. With many releases being available only for streaming/streaming months before physical or digital releases, discrediting streams is rather pointless now. You can’t fight the future. Anti is far from a flop, as clearly seen in the chart posted above.
    Also, slay @ Dangerous Woman still being in the top 20.

    • Mr.StLaurent August 10, 2016


      • Grande The Way August 10, 2016

        One artist out of how many?

    • Avi August 10, 2016

      Since when are pure sales a “fad?” Pure sales have always been the standard. It wasn’t until hacks like Rihanna and Ariana showed up and couldn’t compel music fans in bulk to buy their albums, yet oddly managed to still linger, that streaming became used as something to cover their lagging performances. Streaming is a joke. It’s remedial sales for artists who put out a half catchy tune that the public knows better than to take too seriously.

  26. Keri Qween August 9, 2016

    Y’all are like two weeks late with this news 😭

    But no matter what you say..after gifting a million copies she still got 500k people to go and purchase it and people are obviously still listening to it for it to spend 6 months and going in the top 10.

  27. RihYonce August 9, 2016

    ANTI is Rihanna’s best album I loved it from start to finish I hope that she continues to go experiment musically & stay in the Dark sound lane . I hope this album gets another visual

  28. King Mark111 August 9, 2016

    Suck a great album, I even bought a physical copy after Samsung bought me a digital one. Clearly the most successful album this year and Era.

  29. Kev August 10, 2016

    Tragic. Not surprising at all, this is her worst album. Rated R will forever be my favorite album from her.

  30. 👠👡👢💄💅👑💍Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!🐝🍋🍹🎈🏮🌺🌸 August 10, 2016

    The production on “Needed Me” is absolutely phenomenal. The producer(s) did a beautiful job with the beat. Love the tongue-in-cheek/smart mouth lyrics too.

  31. Rihboy August 10, 2016

    Honestly it’s still at the top which shows that streaming wise she is collecting. Streams show interest in albums I can purchase an album an put it down after the first listen like plenty of albums I have purchased. Demand. Learn your marketing. Your trying hard to shade her when I’m reality more people have interest in anti then lemonade. That’s the real ki!

    • Rihboy August 10, 2016

      And it’s evident on the charts that no one cares about lemonade

      • Krista August 10, 2016

        Lemonade is still selling more than Anti and it’s only on one streaming platform.

  32. King B August 10, 2016

    Congrats! Even though I was expecting someone who is called the Black Madonna to sell a million effortlessly. Anyways, I hope Sia will scan Gold. The album is so good. And, Lemonade 1.3 Mil with ST still charting and IASF 121 Weeks. Hopefully ST will sell more than 2.5 Mil, surpass Born This Way, well minus the 99 cent sales, it actually did outsell it.

  33. Krista August 10, 2016

    LMAO what kind of epic flop.

  34. UMo August 10, 2016

    Anti = Failure.

  35. Sherrele August 10, 2016

    Anti was a failure! Fake plats! Cheated by other company buying half of the album. This is what Kendrick Lamar was talking about. Yea Rihanna had the work single that was a generic hit. To me she is going to be known as a single artist. While other artists put in hard work on their album and put it out the right way without trying to cheat their fans

    • Xedos August 10, 2016

      Failure to whom? Samsung pays pays her 20 mil . She release the music on her own label. She owns the masters. Where is the failure.? Kendrick need to wake up. he sees it as music. Rihanna sees it as MUSIC BUSINESS. The music business model is changing and he’s stuck in stupid. t the end of the day if he don’t change with the game he will end up broke.

      • Avi August 10, 2016

        So in other words: Kendrick is an actual artist who has a genuine interest in his craft, and the organic success that comes from it. While Rihanna is a commerce influenced potted plant, akin to a can of assembly line chili.

      • OQRAM August 10, 2016

        “Kendrick need to wake up. he sees it as music.”

        You mean Kendrick is an ARTIST?!!!
        Shame on him.

  36. Xedos August 10, 2016

    Weather she sells a hundred copies or 500,000 she gets most of the money unlike most artist
    She owns the masters to all her music and she has her own label. So she’s not loosing. Why sell a million when you don’t own shyt? The record label take most of the money.
    They own the masters. Rihanna don’t have that problem.

  37. Blue Ivy Rod August 10, 2016

    I swear people are so stupid sometimes. Remember Vinyls? Remember cassets? The same thing that happaned to those will happen to CDS, they are making cars and laptops without CD drives now. By 2020 CDs will most likely be obsolete and how we listen to music or watch movies will be straight digital. You could tell that most of these stans are stupid and don’t understand business or have any common sense, you do know putting your music on a platform like Spotify or Tidal will cut out the distributor (company that ships your music out to stores) which would affect labels significantly because the only reason for a label is for promotion and record distribution but if an artist could release music on a platform instead then whats the point in using a label?

  38. Blue Ivy Rod August 10, 2016

    YOu’re going to hear more and more artists go independent very soon. Trust me.

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