[Ed. note: This story was updated on 11/30/12 to reflect Rihanna’s official Grammy tally. The singer has won five of the awards.]
Yes, her latest, Unapologetic, sold 238,000 copies to open atop the chart, meaning that, at long last, she can cross “Being #1 on the Top 200” off her list of to-dos. And while she’s celebrating the occasion by “legit crying like a p—y,” we’ve got a better way of marking her latest milestone: By taking a look at her career accomplishments, by the numbers (OK, fine, we’re going to cry like a p—y, too.) So here’s all she’s done, in just seven short years.
0: F—s Given. There’s a reason she called the new album Unapologetic … after all, from her salacious videos and scandalous personal life to her oversexed lyrics, Rih Rih has proven time and time again that she only knows one way of doing things: Her way. Bold, brash, staggering and swaggering, there truly is no other pop star on the planet quite like her. To say nothing about her Instagram account.
5: Grammy Awards. She’s taken home five golden gramophones over the years — including three wins for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, which she won for both “Umbrella” and “Run This Town.”
7: Albums. Members of the Navy can certainly recite her back-catalog by heart, so there’s no point in listing out all of Rihanna’s albums here … though, sufficed to say, recording and releasing seven records in just seven years is amazing no matter how you look at it.
12: Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles. When her current single, “Diamonds” moved to the top spot of the Hot 100 last week, it gave Rihanna a dozen #1s on the chart, a mark that ties her with Madonna and the Supremes for fourth-most of all time, and puts her just one behind Michael Jackson on the list. And she’s just 24 years old.
19: Tattoos (approximately). Music notes, zodiac signs, Sanskrit prayers and a trail of stars … Rihanna’s got a whole lot of ink. The exact number we can’t be sure of (only Chris Brown knows for sure), but according to some fan accounts, she’s currently sporting 19 different tats … the latest, a depiction of the goddess Isis, she got in September.
23: Hot 100 Top 20 singles. Rihanna doesn’t just place ’em at #1 … in addition to her chart-toppers, she’s also posted nearly two dozen Top 20 hits, including a pair of #2s (“S&M” and “Pon de Replay”) and a #3 (“Don’t Stop The Music”).
8,700,000: Albums sold in the United States. All of her previous six albums have gone platinum, and given the #1 debut of Unapologetic, we’re willing to bet she’ll make it seven-for-seven.
26,934,346: Twitter followers. She’s the fourth most-followed person on Twitter, behind Gaga, Bieber and Katy, and, yes, we’re proud to say we’re one of the 26 million. We like the weed pics.
58,000,000: Digital downloads sold. Yes, that number is accurate. In fact, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Rihanna is “the best-selling digital download artist of all time.” In 2011 alone, she sold a staggering 13.9 million downloads of her singles.
63,077,130: Facebook likes. Similar to her download game, Rihanna’s also tops when it comes to Facebook likes. She’s currently the most-liked artist on the site, holding a slim lead over Eminem.
2,900,000,000: YouTube/VEVO video views. Yep, she’s also the most-viewed female artist on the site, surpassing Lady Gaga earlier this year.
Any numbers we left off the list? Let us know in the comments below!