For the second time this year, Rihanna's latest album ANTI has claimed the top spot on Billboard's Top 200 chart. The singer sold a sum total of 54,000 units of the record in the week ending on March 17th. It's a huge coup for Rihanna who managed to overtake Adele and her monster album 25, which took the No. 2 position on the charts this week, the first time around shortly after ANTI was released, and leapfrogged Kendrick Lamar and his surprise album Untitled.Unmastered this week.
Rihanna recently released two eye-popping videos to ANTI's breakout single “Work” featuring Drake, which itself has reigned as the No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for four weeks. She also kicked off her hotly anticipated and over-the-top ANTI Tour just last week in Florida. Both events no doubt must have helped push Rihanna's album sales upward.
With Rihanna and Adele running at No.'s 1 and 2 respectfully, the rest of the Top 200 was rounded out by Justin Bieber and his release Purpose at No. 3, Joey + Rory's album Hymns at No. 4, and Kendrick Lamar's Untitled.Unmastered, that slipped down four positions to land at No. 5.