Well it’s official. Paul McCartney has America’s #1 album, T-Pain holds the #2 position and Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad comes in at #3. Hits Daily Double has Rihanna selling 162,168 copies of her album but those numbers will change when Sound Scan releases their numbers tomorrow. What won’t change however is the order. Rihanna’s two previous albums also debuted near the top of the charts so this is definitely good news for her.
And though Paul McCartney may have snatched the coveted spot from Rihanna in this country, in Paul’s native land of the U.K, it was just the opposite. Good Girl Gone Bad had a huge opening in that country and landed in the #1 spot with Paul coming in at #4. Rihanna should be proud. To beat a Beatle in his own country is nothing short of spectacular. To see the final results for yourself just click here .
Sound Scan has released their final numbers and the whole top 3 positioning is wrong but the actual numbers are quite close. T-Pain and his digitally altered vocals outsold both Paul McCartney and Rihanna by moving 171,000 units. Rihanna moves up a spot to take the #2 position but her sales were less than HDD predicted. Good Girl Gone Bad moved 162,500 units which was just 1,000 more units than Paul McCartney who gets bumped down to the #3 position.
Something interesting to note with Rihanna however is that her sales are not increasing much with each album she releases. A Girl Like Me opened at #5 selling 115,000 units, while 2005’s Music of the Sun opened at #10, selling 68,500 units. Still, her albums always reach platinum status and usually yield several hit singless, so the same should probably be expected of GGGB which has received rave reviews from critics.