Rihanna was all smiles this evening as she played hostess to some 5,000 patrons who showed up at the Pure nightclub to ring in the New Year with a celebrity. The 22 year old pop diva was reportedly paid a handsome fee to walk the red carpet, say “Happy New Year” and then bounce.
Rihanna ushered in 2011 the way she has in so many years past… at the top of the charts. The singer’s “Loud” album jumped back into the Billboard top 10 this week, is the #1 selling album on the World Charts and has reportedly sold over 1 million copies in the U.K and over 4 million copies worldwide.
Like many American artists, Rihanna is proving to be as much a force overseas as she is at home. Whereas the singer is considered a singles artist here in America, overseas it is her albums that are hot sellers, often debuting at #1 on the charts (something that has never happened in the US) and staying there.
With the singer throwing up such impressive numbers overseas, can it be much longer until the same starts to happen here? With an almost 33% sales increase last week alone, I think it’s safe to say so.