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Rihanna Breaks Record for Most Pop Song No. 1s

Rihanna has made history by becoming the first artist in Billboard's Nielsen Pop Songs radio airplay chart to gain 10 No.1s.
Rihanna performs during the Diamonds World Tour 2013 at the BB&T Center April 20, 2013 in Sunrise Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)

By// Mariah Craddick

Rihanna is finally in the news for something that’s actually related to music!

The Barbadian pop star has made history by becoming the first artist in Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart 20-year history to gain 10 No.1s—with her latest single “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko solidifying her coup.

According to Billboard, She breaks a tie with pop singer Katy Perry who’s nabbed nine No. 1s since 2008. Rihanna began her No.1 reign in 2006 when “SOS” climbed the charts. Rih-Rih also previously established the marks for most entries (35) and top 10s (23).

“Stay” is also the second piano-and-vocal only No. 1 of the 259 songs to overtake the pop chart. Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” was the first.

RIHcap of Rihanna’s record 10 pop song No. 1s:

2006, “SOS” (one week at No. 1)

2008, “Take a Bow” (three)

2008, “Disturbia” (three)

2008, “Live Your Life” (T.I. feat. Rihanna) (two)

2010, “Rude Boy” (two)

2010, “Love the Way You Lie” (Eminem feat. Rihanna) (two)

2010, “Only Girl (In the World)” (three)

2011, “S&M” (one)

2011, “We Found Love” (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris) (eight)

2013, “Stay” (Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko) (one to date)