(New York, NY) The elements have all converged for global icon Rihanna, as “Diamonds,” the fastest-rising single of her career. It has already rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as her record-breaking 12th Hot 100 #1. As a result this helped the release of her UNAPOLOGETIC album recieve a warm welcome.
The chart-dominating #1 global hit “Diamonds” took over the #1 spot in the U.S. with a 125 million radio audience. It happened against the backdrop of her unprecedented “777 Tour,” in which she took a group of die-hard fans and a traveling international media corps of over 150 journalists representing 82 countries, aboard a chartered Boeing 777 twin jet to 7 concerts in 7 days in 7 countries, marching toward the UNAPOLOGETIC release day.
“Rihanna is a multi-dimensional musical force who continues to prove she is one of the greats,” said Steve Bartels, President & COO, Island Def Jam. “Seven albums in seven years is amazing in itself, but to constantly dominate the charts and set new records year after year is an astonishing feat achieved by only the best. I have just personally returned from being aboard the ‘777 Tour’ global blitz, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that no one works harder, and has more fun doing it, than Rihanna.”
The “777 Tour” proceeded as follows: Wednesday, November 14th in Mexico City; November 15th in Toronto; November 16th in Stockholm; November 17th in Paris; November 18th in Berlin; worldwide release date, Monday, November 19th in London; and Tuesday, November 20th in New York City. Rihanna announced local venues directly to her fans as she arrived in each city. Working with global sponsor, HTC Corporation, the “777 Tour” played an intimate gig in each of 7 cities, including one in the UK co-sponsored by River Island.
With the #1 success of “Diamonds,” Rihanna now overtakes Whitney Houston (with 11 #1’s) – all the more incredible as Rihanna is only 24 years old! Rihanna is now tied at 12 #1’s with Madonna and the Supremes, only behind the Beatles (20 #1’s), Mariah Carey (18 #1’s), and Michael Jackson (13 #1’s). In addition to her 12 Hot 100 #1 singles and 23 Hot 100 Top 10 singles, Rihanna also has 18 #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts.
Rihanna’s 12 #1 Hot 100 hits comprise: “S.O.S.” (her first #1, from her second album, A Girl Like Me, 2006); the Grammy Award®-winning “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z), “Take A Bow,” and “Disturbia” (all three from Good Girl Gone Bad, 2007); “Live Your Life” with T.I. (2008); “Rude Boy” (from Rated R, 2009); “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem (2010); “Only Girl (In the World),” “What’s My Name” (featuring Drake), and “S&M” (all three from Loud, 2010); “We Found Love” (featuring Calvin Harris, from Talk that Talk, 2011); and now “Diamonds.”
Rihanna also has six Grammy Awards®, three MTV Video Music Awards, six American Music Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, and the hard-earned title of Facebook’s most-liked public figure with 62 million likes to her name. She was also named the world’s #1 social media star by Forbes, with over 2.9 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, and over 26 million Twitter followers.
To commemorate the arrival of UNAPOLOGETIC, two different Limited Edition Direct-to-Consumer deluxe box sets are up for sale to members of the Rihanna Navy, exclusively at the RihannaNow.com <http://RihannaNow.com> website: the DIAMONDS BOX and the DIAMONDS EXECUTIVE PLATINUM BOX, carrying amazing never-before-released Rihanna images, art and custom-made accessories.
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