*Two weeks after topping the Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart with “What’s My Name?”, Rihanna reclaimed her crown Thursday with “Only Girl (In the World),” the debut single from her new album, “Loud.”
It’s the first time in the 52-year history of the Hot 100 that an album’s debut single has reached No. 1 after the second single. “What’s My Name?” slipped one place to No. 8, while “Loud” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.
“Only Girl” is Rihanna’s fourth single to ascend to No. 1 in 2010, making her the first woman, and first artist overall since Usher in 2004, to hit the top that many times in a calendar year. Her career tally of chart-toppers stands at nine.
Meanwhile, Kanye West will likely end Susan Boyle’s two-week reign on the next U.S. pop album chart, according to early prognostications from industry gurus.
West’s fifth studio album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” was expected to sell 550,000 units by week’s end on November 28, pundits said. Data will be published on Wednesday. Boyle’s “The Gift” leads the current chart with sales of 335,000 units in the week ended November 21.
“Fantasy” would mark West’s fourth consecutive album, following “Late Registration” (2005), “Graduation” (2007) and “808s & Heartbreak” (2008). The latter began with 450,000 and also was released over Thanksgiving week. His 2004 debut “The College Dropout,” peaked at No. 2.
Also gunning for a big entrance next week is rookie rapper Nicki Minaj’s debut effort, “Pink Friday,” which is on target to begin with more than 400,000 copies.
R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo’s fourth studio album “Libra Scale” could launch with 125,000.