She’s been in the music business just six years, but Rihanna is the Only Girl (In the World) when it comes to digital sales, Ann Pride writes in London’s Daily Mail.
The Barbados singer has moved nearly 50 million digital downloads, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
That’s more than any other artist in history and five million more than second best sellers, The Black Eyed Peas.
Since her début album Music of the Sun was released in 2005, Rihanna has moved a total of 47.5 million digital tracks.
In 2011 alone, the You Da One singer sold 13.9 million digital copies.
Regardless of how well her songs perform on iTunes and other download websites, Rihanna’s fans are generally not interested in buying her actual CD’s.
Her top-selling disc, Good Girl Gone Bad, which included the mega-hit Umbrella, has sold only 2.7 million copies in the US to date.
Meantime, none of her other albums has surpassed the two million mark.
Top Selling Digital Artists
1. Rihanna (47,571,000)
2. Black Eyed Peas (42,405,000)
3. Eminem (42,290,000)
4. Lady Gaga (42,078,000)
5. Taylor Swift (41,821,000)
6. Katy Perry (37,620,00)
7. Lil Wayne (36,788,000)
8. Beyonce (30,439,000)
9. Kanye West (30,242,000)
10. Britney Spears (28,665,000)
Her sixth and latest studio effort, Talk that Talk was released on November 21, 2011.
The album premièred at number three on the US Billboard 200, but has only recently been certified gold, meaning it has sold 500,000 copies.
The disc’s latest single We Found Love is its most popular, currently ranking as the number two song on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart.
Despite her seemingly slow CD sales, there is no disputing the pop star is a big hit with the iTunes generation.
But the singer says she wants more, particularly more respect from her peers.
‘It’s more about the music, I don’t want to become a gimmick – ever. Well, I ran out of [hair] colors, so that’s why I decided to go back to my natural color,’ Rihanna said in an interview with U.S. magazine Vibe Vixen.
‘I’m just really having fun with the music and the style is a lot more accessible. It’s more lifestyle, it’s not so much a look or a costume, which I really enjoy.’