Rihanna has reached another musical milestone. Last week, the singer surpassed 10 million albums sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her catalog moved another 5,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 10, bringing her total sold to 10,001,000. Her most recently-released album, 2012′s “Unapologetic,” has now sold 1.113 million. It’s her fifth-largest selling studio release, and is on the verge of overtaking 2011′s “Talk That Talk” to become her fourth-biggest. “Talk That Talk” has sold 1.118 million. “Unapologetic” was the star’s seventh studio effort, and her first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In total, she’s collected seven top 10 sets since her first album in 2005. Rihanna’s best selling album remains 2007′s “Good Girl Gone Bad,” with 2.8 million sold. Sales of Rihanna’s other studio albums: “Music of the Sun” (released in 2005; 609,000 sold), “A Girl Like Me” (2006; 1.349 million), “Rated R” (2009; 1.110 million) and “Loud” (2010; 1.761 million)
Rihanna will receive the inaugural “AMA Icon Award” and perform on the 2013 American Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC. The big announcement came from dick clark productions, as Producer Larry Klein stated, “The first-ever Icon Award was created to honor an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level. Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time.” Larry makes a valid point — Rihanna has sold 50 million albums and 180 million digital tracks worldwide, making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She’s put out 7 albums in 7 years, achieved 12 No. 1 singles and won 6 Grammy Awards. She’s also the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube and the biggest artist on Facebook with over 80 million friends.