Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 3 to 1 ratio between one album and one physical single.
Music Of The Sun (2005) – 141,000 equivalent albums
Pon De Replay – 390,000
If Its Loving That You Want – 80,000
A Girl Like Me (2006) – 285,000 equivalent albums
SOS – 440,000
Unfaithful – 460,000
We Ride – 50,000
Break It Off – 0
Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) – 360,000 equivalent albums
Umbrella – 430,000
Shut Up And Drive – 70,000
Hate That I Love You – 70,000
Don’t Stop The Music – 350,000
Take A Bow – 130,000
Disturbia – 130,000
Rehab – 20,000
With US sales already dead when she first arrived, Rihanna sold virtually no physical single in that country except a couple of her duets with rappers that came out in 12″. Instead, she sold CDs in the UK, in continental Europe and in Australia. She did so during her first 3 eras listed here. During them, almost all her singles were physically released in those places. The only exceptions are Break It Off, not issued at all, and Rehab, a Germany-Switzerland-Austria only release.
Pon de Replay, SOS, Unfaithful, Umbrella and Don’t Stop The Music all sold 300,000 units or more, a tremendous figure for songs from 2005-2008. Singles from Good Girl Gone Bad were especially strong with 1,2 million sales combined. We can notice how fast this market was disappearing though as both Take A Bow and Disturbia sold far less than similar hits released a mere one year earlier.