NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldwide superstar Rihanna - the "#1 Person On Facebook" with over 61.7 million Likes - has once again ignited record charts around the world with "Diamonds," the fastest-rising single of her career to date, with first-week postings at #1 iTunes in 27 countries and Top 5 iTunes in 55 countries. Now, Rihanna announces the global release of her 7th studio album for Island Def Jam in just seven years: UNAPOLOGETIC arrives in stores worldwide on Monday, November 19th.
In the U.S., "Diamonds" debuted this week at #16-bullet on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Rihanna's previous highest debut, last year's worldwide #1 smash, "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris). "Diamonds" amassed 41.5 million total audience, her biggest first-week audience ever on the Hot 100 Airplay Chart where it debuted at #28-bullet, tying her previous highest debut, last year's "You Da One."
Now, as Billboard unveils its new, updated methodology and tallying formulas, "Diamonds" leaps to the #1 spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, aided by strong multi-format airplay and digital downloads.
In the UK, "Diamonds" has earned Rihanna her 6th #1 single on both the iTunes and the national chart, topping a summit of 27 countries where the song has also reached #1 at iTunes including France, Spain, Australia and Germany. "Diamonds" is her fastest growing airplay hit in the UK, France and Germany.
Following Rihanna's award winning social media marketing campaign last year, UNLOCKED, and as Forbes' and Billboard's #1 Social Media artist, she continues her digital media domination with #R7, launching on Monday, October 15th. #R7 is an interactive gaming experience where fans visit www.Rihanna7.com and explore this site to "RIHveal" exclusive content and prizes. Each week fans are assigned weekly trivia questions. When answered correctly, fans have a new mission to exclusive Rihanna announcements and "RIHwards," bringing fans closer to her 7th album, UNAPOLOGETIC.
The recipient of six Grammy Awards® and seven Billboard Music Awards, Rihanna has sold over 37 million albums and 146 million digital tracks worldwide, and currently holds the record as the top-selling digital artist of all time. Forbes named Rihanna the world's #1 social media star with over 2.8 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, over 61 million Facebook fans, and over 26 million Twitter followers. In addition to her 11 Hot 100 #1 singles and overall 22 Top 10 singles, she also has 18 #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts.
SOURCE Island Def Jam