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Rihanna’s Anti Returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart

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Though it skidded into the Billboard 200 at No. 27 with its free release in its first week, Rihanna’s Anti has managed to prove the doubters wrong not once, but twice, climbing to No. 1 in early February and reclaiming the title again this week. Anti is Rihanna’s second album (after 2012’s Unapologetic) to hit No. 1, and her first to spend more than one week at the top. The album earned 54,000 equivalent album units for the week, 17,000 of which were pure album sales, while the other 69 percent came from streaming and track equivalent album numbers. Those, in turn, were bolstered by the breakaway success of “Work,” which has spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Adele’s 25, a longtime Billboard champion, slipped to No.2 with 51,000 units, while Justin Bieber’s Purpose climbed into third with 48,000 units. Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered., meanwhile, landed at No. 5 with 38,000 units, after taking the top spot last week. Rihanna’s taken the throne, and King Kendrick’s back to being a prince, for now.

Rihanna’s Anti Returns to No. 1 on the Charts