Numbers become a tricky topic when discussing Rihanna’s new album ANTi.
Desperado. Rihanna’s eighth studio album was met with a lot of back and forth over the total sales tally. Her and Samsung’s plan to give a million copies away counted towards her RIAA Platinum certification, but Billboard and Nielsen won’t recognize it, nor will they take into account the initial 4.7 million streams.
Because ANTi was only available for one day in this particular week’s charting system, it sold only 15,896 album units in streaming and sales combined (or just 460 pure album sales. Let that sink in). It debuted on the Billboard 200 this week at No. 27. Billboard predicts she’ll shift another 125,000 in equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 4, which might secure her the No. 1 spot.
125,000 is considered an average opening week for someone of her caliber.
ANTi lead single “Work” launches into the Top 10 this week at No. 9 with 126,000 downloads (and No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart).
On Monday, the RIAA announced changes in their rules to account for streaming towards their Gold and Platinum certifications.