While the Navy continues to wait for Rihanna’s next album to drop any day now, the Barbadian songstress’ critically acclaimed ANTI album is still breaking records four years after its release.
As pointed out by the Chart Data Twitter account Monday night (Dec. 2), the 2016 album has spent a record 200 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. The record makes Rih the first Black woman in the chart’s history to reach this milestone.
Her eighth studio album hasn’t left the chart since it debuted there in 2016 at No. 27 before it climbed to the No. 1 spot where it stayed for two weeks, according to Billboard. ANTI spawned three Top 10 singles, including the Drake-assisted banger “Work” (which was No. 1 for nine straight weeks), and the LP was certified platinum in less than two days after its release, according to Entertainment Weekly.
A year later, Rih cinched her 30th Top 10 single when “Love on the Brain” and “Needed Me” rose up the charts, peaking at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, which pushed her past Michael Jackson’s record at 29. The Grammy-nominated body of work also marked Rihanna's departure from more anthemic club hits to a moodier, introspective and esoteric sound that was well-received by the industry and fans at large.
This latest news comes amid feverish anticipation for her imminent return to the music. It has been long-speculated that her as-of-yet-named ninth studio album will drop in December.
Despite the delay in music, Rihanna has been busy expanding her beauty and fashion empire. She received the surprise of a lifetime at the 2019 British Fashion Awards on Monday (Dec. 2) where she won her first award for her Fenty brand in the Urban Luxe category. Rihanna was also named the second most-streamed female artist of the decade behind Ariana Grande.
Despite her studio hiatus, one thing is for certain: 2019 has been a busy one for Rihanna, so the Navy’s wishes for some new music from the singer might be closer than they think in 2020.