Rihanna’s musical talents have broken records once again. Chart Data reports that this week marks her album ANTI’s 200th week on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first album by a Black woman to reach this milestone. Her eighth studio album, released in 2016, included hits like “Love On The Brain,” “Needed Me,” and the Drake-assisted “Work.”
.@rihanna's 'ANTI' has now spent 200 weeks on the Billboard 200.— chart data (@chartdata) December 2, 2019
It's the first album by a black female artist to reach this milestone in the chart's history.
The accomplishment is one of several that the platinum recording artist has achieved. In 2015, RiRi became the first and only artist to surpass the RIAA’s 100 million cumulative singles award threshold, making her the RIAA’s top awarded singles artist. In 2017, she clenched the top spot—previously held by Michael Jackson—for most Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Of course, the ANTI milestone has fans feverishly clamoring for Rihanna’s forthcoming ninth studio album, which they’ve lovingly nicknamed R9.
“To all my friends/family/coworkers who I have yet to get back to in the past months…please forgive me,” she previously updated her followers in an Instagram post. “This year has been quite an overwhelming one, and I’m working on that ish called Balance. brb.”
This year has seen the star excel in several industries, as she partnered her Fenty fashion brand with Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton back in May, making her the first woman and woman of color to head an LVMH line. Rihanna has also stayed busy with her Fenty Beauty brand, Savage X Fenty lingerie line and her 504-page visual autobiography.
Despite juggling several entrepreneurial projects, Rihanna said she’s committed to bringing new music to her fans.
“I have been trying to get back into the studio. It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before. I know I have some very unhappy fans who don’t understand the inside bits of how it works,” she told Vogue. “Music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. It’s the weird language that connects me to them. Me the designer, me the woman who creates makeup and lingerie–it all started with music. It was my first pen pal-ship to the world. To cut that off is to cut my communication off. All of these other things flourish on top of that foundation.”