Looks like the Rihanna Plane was worth it: The singer has notched her first No. 1 album on the Billboard Hot 200. "Unapologetic," RiRi's seventh disc, sold 238,000 copies in its first week.
Though it's certainly an accomplishment worth celebrating, that's a pretty meager number. Consider this: Taylor Swift sold 1.2 million copies of "Red" when she topped the chart in October, and Mumford & Sons moved 600,000 units in its first week.
Rihanna's achievement comes in the wake of her 777 Tour, a week-long sprint that took the singer to seven countries. Roc Nation and Def Jam filled the singer's chartered plane (a Boeing 777, naturally) with journalists and fans. High expectations were deflated when Rihanna's on-board appearances were kept at a minimum, but the press clearly didn't hurt her sales.
It's also curious that "Unapologetic" is Rihanna's first album to top the charts, as her label only released one single in the lead up to the drop date. "Diamonds," which tied Madonna's record as Rihanna's twelfth No. 1 single and was outfitted with a Kanye West remix recently, was apparently up to the task of carrying the album.
More Rihanna is available in our in-depth profile of the singer.
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