Beyoncé may be called “The Queen” a lot, but it’s Rihanna who has just beaten Beyoncé on the dance charts. Billboard broke the news on Thursday.
“Rihanna reigns atop Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart (dated June 27) for the 23rd time with ‘Bit*h Better Have My Money’ (2-1). With her latest leader, she eclipses Beyoncé (22 No. 1s), who last topped the chart in February with ‘7/11.'”
Rihanna’s No. 1 dance hit was remixed by Diplo, a man who is currently the go-to guy for dance remixes. Rihanna must be proud of her achievement but upset at the fact the song remains a flop on the Hot 100 when compared to her other singles; it only peaked at No. 17 and drops this week to No. 26. Her follow-up single, “American Oxygen,” barely made the Hot 100 and fell off after it debuted on Jay-Z’s disastrous Tidal network.
Rihanna’s fans claimed racism was the reason “American Oxygen” wasn’t successful. They petitioned Barack Obama to get involved on Change.org. The petition claimed that Rihanna had become another victim of racial discrimination in the music industry since radio stations have refused to play “American Oxygen.” They also insulted Britney Spears and called Sia an “old hag.”
According to a recent article from the Inquisitr, Rihanna may have scrapped her R8 album after the relative lack of success.
“Apparently, RiRi has scrapped her previous R8 album, which she claimed she worked on for almost two years. She wants to go in a different direction, yet again! The performer is desperately searching for musicians and producers to work with.”
But things haven’t been all bad for Rihanna, who recently teased a new song called “Only If for a Night” for her Christian Dior ads, which won raves from the Telegraph.
“Rihanna takes over from French actress Marion Cotillard for this instalment (sic) of the Secret Garden ads, and joins Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence in becoming a brand spokesmodel. The union also marks her as the first woman of colour to pose for the brand.”
Rihanna, of course, isn’t the only pop star having problems with the charts. You can add Madonna, Britney Spears, and even Mariah Carey to the list. However, those performers are veterans who have enough of a legendary status to make their flops not matter. Rihanna has been in the business for almost 10 years — a long time, but not enough to give her “veteran” status. Do you think Rihanna can still deliver hits that extend beyond the dance charts? Let us know in the comments section.
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