Congratulations to Queen Rihanna for scoring her first #1 album in the United States selling a respectable 238,949 copies!
‘Unapologetic’ achieved Rihanna her highest first week sales on the back of its lead single, ‘Diamonds’ and she said she cried “like a p*ssy” at finding out the news. It’s a big deal to her because having a #1 album is quite a career defining moment although not having a #1 doesn’t take away from her never-ending achievements. For instance, Pink also scored her very first #1 album in the States recently. However, every album since ‘A Girl Like Me’ has gone platinum in the States and multi-platinum worldwide.
Chart position doesn’t really factor if the numbers aren’t there to match (and hers do overtime). But to be able to say she had a #1 album in the UK AND the States at the same time is something nice she can brag about to the kids and grand kids later on in life.