Rihanna may have seen ANTi go platinum just two days after its release last week, but reports suggest its still sold under 500 physical copies in its first week.
A platinum album is certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as selling one million copies. Rihanna’s ANTi was initially released as a Tidal exclusive, with one million free download codes for the album sent to Samsung mobile phone users, along with a 60-day free trial for the streaming service.
Tidal reported that they’ve sold 484,833 downloads of the record, as well as the one million downloads given away. They also reported that ANTi has been streamed over 5.6million times.
However, despite these gargantuan figures, The New York Times reports that Nielsen, the chart figures service, says the album has sold less than 1,000 physical copies, whilst a subscriber to the service – who has remained anonymous – said the number was actually as low as 460.
Still we can’t see RiRi being too worried, as well as sitting at the top of the iTunes chart this week, she hit the internet to reveal what it’s like to have sex with her in new track Sex With Me. The track is also one of her biggest bangers to date.
In other Rihanna news, she is set to perform at the Brit Awards later this month. She will take to the stage at the ceremony at The O2 in London alongside the likes of Coldplay, Justin Beiber, Adele, Jess Glynne and The Weeknd.
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