Well, she’s just lining up records left and right, isn’t she?
Pop princess Rihanna has now passedLady Gaga in total number of YouTube views, making her the most-viewed female recording artist on the go-to video viewing network. Over the weekend, RiRi boasted 2,068,076,591 (yeah, that’s billion with a capital “B”) official views to Gaga’s 2,044,728,691. Digital Journal reports Rihanna has been attracting over 3,000,000 views daily for most of the late fall and early winter on the strength of her singles from Talk That Talk, including an impressive 115.3 million views for her chart-topping smash “We Found Love.”
Gaga, by comparison, has seen her YouTube dominance dwindle. Recent singles “You and I” (49.4 million) and “Marry the Night” (31.3 million) are far from her 2010-11 peak, whenone-time record holder “Bad Romance” commanded a staggering 443 million views and songs like “Telephone” (132.1 million), “Alejandro” (162.5 million) and “Born This Way” (88.3 million) regularly tallied massive numbers.
Neither starlet, however, has been able to catch up to the young king of YouTube, Justin Bieber, who has 2,275,845,406 views.
Rihanna can add this latest achievement to her growing list of honors.
Earlier this month, she was named the top-selling digital artist in music history, having moved over 47.5 million digital downloads, giving her a comfortable lead over second-place Black Eyed Peas, who have career digital sales of 42.4 million. Eminem trails BEP by just 100,000 for third place with over 42.29 million in sales. Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift came in at fourth and fifth, respectively, with career digital sales of 42.08 million and 41.82 million.
Late last year, Rihanna leapt past Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder on the list of artists with the most #1 singles when “We Found Love” topped the charts, becoming her 11th #1 and tying her with Whitney Houston. Only the Supremes, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey and the Beatles have more chart-toppers. The single also helped the pop star make Billboard history as the solo artist to reach 20 top tens the fastest. It took her six years and four months to reach that total, five less than it took Madonna.