Bill Lamb reports today on his About.com Top 40/Pop Blog that Rihanna has now become the first artist to sell three million digital downloads of five different singles. Sure, two of the five are technically songs by other artists that RiRi featured on. But lest anyone doubt the importance of her guest vocals, just take a look at the seven weeks Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” logged atop the Billboard Hot 100 this year, compared to the one week for his prior single “Not Afraid.”
Interestingly, the only three-million seller of Rihanna’s that didn’t hit #1 on the Hot 100 is “Don’t Stop The Music,” which peaked at #3 in early 2008.
Lamb also notes that Rihanna’s five singles lead Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Lil Wayne, who each have three singles that have sold three million digital copies.