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Saturday 20 December 2014

Rihanna crowned queen of the charts


Rihanna is queen of the pop charts this week, with the number one album, number one single and two other songs in the top 10.

The 22-year-old is also re-writing the record books, as her fifth number one makes her the first female solo artist in chart history to achieve five number one singles in consecutive years, according to the Official Charts Company.

What's My Name, which took top spot, follows Only Girl (In The World) (2010), Run This Town (2009), Take A Bow (2008) and Umbrella (2007).

The only other solo artist to equal the achievement was Elvis Presley in the 1950s.

What's My Name, which features Drake, climbed from second place to bump X Factor champion Matt Cardle off the summit.

His cover of Biffy Clyro's When We Collide slips down one place after three weeks at number one. Rihanna's two other songs in the top ten are Only Girl (In the World), which slipped from sixth to ninth, and Who's That Chick with David Guetta, which climbed from 13th to tenth.

The Black Eyed Peas hung on to third spot with their track The Time (Dirty Bit), sampling the Dirty Dancing theme.

Katie B and Miss Dynamite's dance tune Lights On made it to fourth and Jessie J's Do It Like a Dude completes the top five.

Nero's single Me and You is the only new entry, heading straight into 15th position.

Over in the album charts, Rihanna's Loud stood firm at the top. Second and third are still held by Plan B and Take That but they switch places. The reformed boy band's record Progress dropped while sharp-dressing singer Plan B crept up with his concept album The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

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