Digital Singles Sales – Part 1
As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.
Music Of The Sun (2005) – 674,000 equivalent albums
Pon De Replay – 3,390,000
If Its Loving That You Want – 800,000
Remaining Album Tracks – 300,000
A Girl Like Me (2006) – 1,734,000 equivalent albums
SOS – 4,270,000
Unfaithful – 4,740,000
We Ride – 810,000
Break It Off – 1,240,000
Remaining Album Tracks – 500,000
The US music industry association, the RIAA, was still awarding a Gold plaque for digital sales of 100,000 units when both Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me were released. This shows how low the market was. Thanks to their initial impact, but also thanks to their ongoing appeal on later years songs like Pon de Replay, SOS and Unfaithful, all sold over 3 million units still. At that point, the career of Rihanna already had more hits than the majority of artists that ever enter the Billboard Hot 100. She was very, very far from saying her last word though.