*Love her or hate her, Rihanna has reached another musical milestone.
Last week, the singer surpassed 10 million albums sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her catalog moved another 5,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 10, bringing her total sold to 10,001,000.
Her most recently-released album, 2012′s “Unapologetic,” has now sold 1.113 million. It’s her fifth-largest selling studio release, and is on the verge of overtaking 2011′s “Talk That Talk” to become her fourth-biggest. “Talk That Talk” has sold 1.118 million.
“Unapologetic” was the star’s seventh studio effort, and her first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In total, she’s collected seven top 10 sets since her first album in 2005.
Rihanna’s best selling album remains 2007′s “Good Girl Gone Bad,” with 2.8 million sold.
Sales of Rihanna’s other studio albums: “Music of the Sun” (released in 2005; 609,000 sold), “A Girl Like Me” (2006; 1.349 million), “Rated R” (2009; 1.110 million) and “Loud” (2010; 1.761 million).
Rihanna attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City.
*Fresh from her “Saturday Night Live” sets, Rihanna will perform her latest single “Where Have You Been” on the season finale of “American Idol,” Wednesday, May, 23 (8:00-10:07 PM ET) on FOX.
The track is from Rihanna’s Island Def Jam album “Talk That Talk,” released in November. [Scroll down to watch her “Saturday Night Live” performance of “Where Have You Been.”]
“Idol” will host the series’ two-night grand finale from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live Tuesday, May 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET) and Wednesday, May 23. After weeks of performing on the “Idol” stage, the two remaining finalists will perform live Tuesday in front of a theater audience of more than 7000 as well as millions of viewers watching at home. Then, on Wednesday night, at the end of a two-hour music celebration, host Ryan Seacrest will announce the next American Idol.
Tomorrow, May 9, the Top Four – Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez – will compete on a “California Dreamin’”-themed performance show.
On Thursday’s results show (May 10), judge Jennifer Lopez will perform her new song, “Dance Again.” Season Seven American Idol winner David Cook also returns to perform “The Last Song I’ll Write For You.”
Singer Jennifer Lopez arrives to her 2011 American Music Awards Post-Party at Greystone Manor Supperclub on Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles
*Just 12 years after releasing her debut album “On the 6,” Jennifer Lopez is reportedly set to drop her first greatest hits CD, according to one of her producers.
Kuk Harrell told MTV News: “I just got the call a week ago that the greatest-hits album for Jennifer Lopez is coming up. Now I’m just waiting for them to put on the schedule and let me know what songs we’re actually cutting and stuff like that.”
He also hinted he may help produce some new material for the star, which could be included on the album, saying: “I think when I find out what the direction is, I will definitely go in the lab. I will get in the lab with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream and see what we can come up with for it.”
As well as producing for Jennifer, Kuk also worked with Rihanna on her “Talk That Talk” album and Justin Bieber on his festive record, “Under the Mistletoe,” and says working with superstars brings out his “competitive edge.”
“They’re superstars, so how are you going to turn them down?,” he said. “Unless we have a scheduling conflict, but it’s always a ‘yes.’ It’s always an immediate ‘we’re gonna kill it.’ That’s when my competitive edge comes out. It has to be the best. It has to be better than anything we’ve ever done.”
*It looks like super star Rihanna is hitting a plateau.
Sales results are in for both RiRi and R&B veteran Mary J. Blige and it’s not looking too good.
Rihanna’s single, “We Found Love” which seems to be very popular right now isn’t going to do much, sales-wise, for her newest album “Talk That Talk.”
According to Hits Daily Double, “Talk” is on pace to debut at No. 2 on the charts next week, with predictions to move 180,000 to 200,000 copies in its first week. Her last album ‘LOUD’ debuted on the charts last year with 207,000 copies.
The queen of Hip Hop is also looking kind of drab on the charts. It looks like she’s on the way to reach the No. 4 spot with the sequel of her 1994 classic “My Life” with “My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act I). Blige’s follow up album is expected to debut somewhere between 120,000 to 140,000 copies next week.