Rihanna Scores Big on Billboard 200 Albums Chart After Super Bowl Performance
She becomes only the seventh act in the last 50 years to place five albums in the top 50 at the same time.
Rihanna scores big on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Feb. 25) following her Super Bowl LVII halftime show performance on Feb. 12.
For the first time, the superstar places five albums on the Billboard 200 – and all of them are in the top 50. She becomes only the seventh act in the last 50 years to hold five albums in the top 50 simultaneously.
Rihanna’s Billboard 200 hit parade is led by her most recent studio effort, Anti, which vaults from No. 50 to No. 8 – the former No. 1’s first visit to the top 10 since 2016, its year of release. It’s also the first time that Rihanna has placed any album in the top 10 since Anti in 2016.
Anti returns to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 with 36,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 16 (up 166%) according to Luminate. Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime setlist included the album’s hit single “Work.” She also wove in elements of the album’s “Pose” and “Kiss It Better” into the performances of “All of the Lights” and “Rude Boy,” respectively.
Rihanna also crowds the top 50 with her studio albums Good Girl Gone Bad (rising 137-15), Unapologetic (197-18), Loud (a re-entry at No. 26) and Talk That Talk (a re-entry at No. 49).
Rihanna is only the seventh act in the last 50 years to concurrently place at least five albums in the top 50 on the Billboard 200. She stands alongside Taylor Swift (who has done it more than a dozen times, with as many as six albums, including five on the latest chart), Mac Miller (once following his death in 2018), Prince (three times, with as many as eight albums, following his death in 2016), Whitney Houston (three times, with as many as eight titles, following her death in 2012), the Glee Cast (once in 2010) and Garth Brooks (four times in 1992).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units, compiled by Luminate. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Feb. 25, 2023-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on Feb. 22, one day later than usual, owed to Presidents’ Day holiday on Feb. 20 in the U.S. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.