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:
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.