Rihanna Beats Madonna as Fastest Solo Act to Score 20 Top-10 Hits
Rihanna follows the footstep of her best friend Katy Perry in scoring historic record on Billboard Hot 100. While Perry tied Michael Jackson's record as artists who have five separate No. 1s on one album alone, Riri recently beat Madonna as a solo act who has 20 Top-10 singles on the chart in the fastest span of time.
The 23-year-old Bajan singer needed only six years and four months to earn such many hits on the weekly rundown. She entered the top-10 list for the very first time with her debut single "Pon de Replay" in 2005. In the six following years, she placed at least two singles on the chart before sealing her No. 20 hit with her latest track "We Found Love".
Madge lost the feat to Riri by five-month difference since it took the Material Girl six years and nine months to score such collection of hits. The "Hard Candy" singer first made her debut on the U.S. single chart with her 1983's "Holiday", and then got her 20th top-10 single with "Hanky Panky" in July 1990.
Among all acts, Riri came second as the fastest music act to reach the unprecedented feat. She trails behind The Beatles who sprinted to score 20 hits more quickly by taking only two years, seven months and one week. The Fab Four made their chart entrance with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (January 1964) and nailed their 20th with "Yellow Submarine" (August 1966).
Regardless of the how quick it was to score the 20 hits, Rihanna still couldn't win over Madge in the term of number though. The "W.E." director leads the female acts with 37 top 10s, which is also the highest total among all artists. She's followed by Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson (27 each) and Whitney Houston (23).
Mariah was the last artist to score 20 top-10 hits before Riri declared hers. The wife of Nick Cannon sealed the deal with "Thank God I Found You" which featured Joe and 98 Degrees. Through the single, the Grammy-winning diva jumped from No. 22 to No. 2 on Hot 100 in February 2000.
This week, Rihanna occupied not just one but two places on the single chart. The "Battleship" actress sat at No. 9 with the Calvin Harris-assisted single, and secured the seventh place with her Avril Lavigne-sampled song "Cheers (Drink to That)". Therefore, it earned her a solo distinction of having two songs from two separate albums in the top 10 at the same time.
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