Rihanna made chart history this weekend when her latest collaborative effort with rapper Eminem entered the chart at number one, meaning she's hit the top spot for seven years running, at some point or another. The feat has only ever been matched by The Beatles and Elvis Presley and has etched her into the history books alongside those two recording greats.
'The Monster' - her second number one collaboration with Eminem following their massively successful link up on 2010's 'Love the Way you Lie' - continues a run of form that began in 2007 with 'Umbrella' and it looks as though she could even break the eight year mark.
Rihanna has now had 8 number one singles over a period of 7 consecutive calendar years. But let's put that into perspective: alongside her fellow 'Club 7' record breakers, The Beatles had 17 number one singles in the same period, more than double that of Ri-Ri. She's got a long way to go.
Eminem also scored his eighth No. 1 single, a run that he began in 2000 with 'The Real Slim Shady.' 'The Monster' is the third single taken from his upcoming album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and is already his most successful single release from the album. MMLP2 arrives in stores on 5 November.
As reported by the Official UK Charts, the collab. managed to prevent New Zealander Lorde from retaining the top spot for a second week and also managed to hold off One Direction, who were tipped for success with their latest single, 'Story Of My Life.' Instead, the 1D boys only managed to reach No. 4, coming behind third-placed Fat Boy Slim with 'Eat Sleep Rave Repeat' (the DJ's first top 10 hit in over a decade). 'Counting Stars' by OneRepublic rounded off the top five.
Rihanna may still break the 'Club 7' record