It’s official: Rihanna is the biggest pop star on the planet. She’s cooler than Lady Gaga; trumps Justin Bieber in moving the cultural needle; is more bad ass than Katy Perry; and more relevant than Britney Spears. And like any world-beating pop star worth their jet-setting swag, RiRi has mastered the art of publicity. When she isn’t dominating headlines by trolling her critics (her bold tweet of a shirtless, controversial, on-again, off-again boyfriend Chris Brown laying on the bed has had the Internet going crazy) or seductively wearing nothing more than a jacket on the cover of GQ, the tatted up, tough-talking, drop dead gorgeous performer is releasing some of the best music of her career.
It’s easy to forgive Rihanna for refusing to sit down for just a minute—she’s put out nearly an album per-year since her 2005 debut—as long as she keeps dropping transcendent singles like “Diamonds.” Rihanna’s reward? Her first no. 1 debut and the biggest first-week sales of her career.