Rihanna moves closer to busting up Madonna’s record

Rihanna scored her 11th American number 1 hit with the Calvin Harris penned “We found Love”; the accompanying, controversial music video had tongues wagging from Bridgetown to Ireland and back again.

The Barbadian star holds the record for the fastest accumulation of number one singles, as well as the honour of being the youngest musician to have ten number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She seems happy to chew that record up and spit it out, though, as she now has eleven number 1’s, and shows no signs of slowing down her hit-making train.  She is edging closer to the all-time record of the long-reigning grande dame of pop, Madonna, who has twelve number 1 US singles, but still has a long way to go before she can catch diva Mariah Carey, who still comfortably holds the record with eighteen— the most number 1’s for any solo artist.

The  talented and media savvy Barbadian singer has alway emphasised her Bajan roots, and seems to have comfortably referenced the dialect of her homeland in the title of her upcoming album “Talk that talk.” The Bajan dialect phrase “Talk yuh talk” is frequently used to dismiss gossip and Rihanna has regularly been dismissive of people who have had negative things to say about her. In “Cheers, Drink to That”, she sings: “Life’s too short to be sittin’ round miserable/ People gon’ talk whether you doing bad or good…”, and online she tweeted recently about sex tape rumours involving her and JCole: “We don’t believe U, U need more people…AND of course an actual sextape! #slownewsday.”  Rihanna has been loudly saying, “talk yuh talk” to the world for some time now, and it is fitting that her sentiments have now been immortilised in an album title.

Fans are still waiting on the soon-to-be-released track listing from “Talk that Talk”,  but all manner of speculation abounds. See the latest rumoured track listings here.

Rihanna with Coldplay on Princess of China.

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Rihanna’s new album “Talk that Talk” will be available on November 21