[artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] may have pushed the boundaries with her video for “We Found Love,” but thanks to that song, she’s now pushed her way into the history books — and passed a pair of all-time greats in the process.
“Love” just completed its climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, giving Rihanna her 11th #1 hit, which puts her one ahead of Stevie Wonder and Janet Jackson.
With her latest chart-topper, she’s now tied with Whitney Houston and is within reach of equaling Madonna and the Supremes’ career total of 12 #1′s. If — or, more likely, when — she gets her 12th, she’ll trail only Michael Jackson (13 #1′s), Elvis Presley (17), Mariah Carey (18) and the Beatles (20) on the all-time list. Rare company, indeed.
And just as impressive is how quickly she’s accomplished all this. Earlier this month, when “Love” leapt from #16 to #9 on the Hot 100, RiRi made Billboard history by racking up 20 top 10′s faster than any solo artist , doing it in just six years and four months. That bested a mark previously set by Madonna, who did it in six years and nine months and ranks Rihanna second to only the Beatles, who pulled off the feat in a staggering two years and seven months.
Rihanna is the 14th artist to ever earn 20 Hot 100 top 10′s and is just the fifth woman to do it. Madonna leads everyone with 37 top 10′s, followed by Carey and Jackson (27 each) and Whitney Houston, with 23.
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