Pop superstar Rihanna has surpassed The Beatles as the artiste to rule the US singles chart for the second longest.
Rihanna’s Work, which features input from rapper Drake and is the first track off her latest album Anti, spent its ninth week on the top of the Billboard singles chart.
Billboard magazine, which has published the weekly chart since 1958, confirmed that the Barbados-born Rihanna has now spent 60 cumulative weeks in the top spot in total, one week more than The Beatles.
But she is still well away from capturing the top rank from Mariah Carey, who has reigned for 79 weeks (tied with Elvis Presley).
Carey’s hits notably included One Sweet Day, her 1995 ballad with Boyz II Men inspired by the AIDS epidemic, which spent a record 16 weeks on the top of the chart.
On the latest album chart, folk rockers The Lumineers opened at number one with Cleopatra, which also topped the list in Britain.
It is the second album by the band, who broke through with the 2012 song Ho Hey, which was widely used on television programmes and advertisements. – AFP Relaxnews
Here are the top artistes who have spent the most cumulative weeks at #1:
79 weeks: Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey
59: The Beatles
50: Boyz II Men
37: Michael Jackson
34: Elton John
33: Janet Jackson, Katy Perry