Rihanna dropped Anti, her long-awaited eighth album, last Wednesday and its initial chart results have arrived. The 27-year-old pop star launched “Work,” the album’s Drake-featuring lead single, to No. 9 on the Hot 100, making it her 27th top 10 hit and her 50th on the Hot 100.
Meanwhile, Anti itself debuted at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 albums chart — a modest showing that becomes more impressive when considering that the week being measured ended Jan. 28, the first full day the album was available. Expect that number to grow once Anti gets a complete week of sales and hits digital retailers other than Tidal, where it premiered exclusively.
Last week, Tidal announced that Anti had been streamed more than 13 million times in 14 hours and downloaded more than 1 million times, thanks to a free promo code Rihanna tweeted to fans. The RIAA certified the collection platinum on Friday.
The album’s initial showing also appears to have been diminished by the brief complementary offering, supported by Samsung. According to Billboard, the downloads didn’t bolster sales figures or chart positions.