Album number seven was good luck for Rihanna as the prolific pop star's latest LP, Unapologetic, has become her first to debut atop the Billboard 200. Unapologetic sold 238,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, Rih Rih biggest debut to date and enough to earn her one badge of honor which had eluded her.
The 15-song set was preceded by hit single "Diamonds," which became Rihanna's 12th song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Unapologetic, released just one year after album number six, features guest appearances by Eminem, David Guetta and on-again off-again beau Chris Brown.
Rihanna's unorthodox promotional tour for the album, in which she brought 150 journalists on a plane for a seven-city, seven-night international tour, made headlines last week due to on-board shenanigans.
Rih Rih wasn't the only pop star to have a big week on Billboard. Adele, whose sophomore album, 21, was a runaway smash last year, has earned the charts' highest distinction — a diamond plaque. That means 21 has sold over 10 million copies since its release in January of 2011, the 21st album in Nielsen Soundscan history to do so. The 10 million mark is just the latest in a long list of accolades for 21. It is also the best-selling digital album in history and has tied Prince's Purple Rain for the longest non-consecutive run on top of the Billboard 200 at 24 weeks.
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