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Rihanna makes UK chart history with Eminem collaboration


Story by Jack Foley

RIHANNA has made UK chart history by topping the UK singles chart seven times in seven years.

The singer did so by featuring as a guest artist on rap star Eminem’s new track The Monster, which shot to the No.1 spot on its first week of release.

In doing so, Rihanna joins The Beatles and Elvis Presley as one of only three acts to achieve the feat.

The pair also held off a challenge from boy band One Direction, who were tipped to have their fourth No.1 with Story Of My Life.

The Monster is Eminem’s first number one hit since 2006.

But it isn’t the first time he has collaborated with Rihanna – the rapper has appeared on two of her previous albums, with Love the Way You Lie making it to number two in the UK charts in 2010.

The Monster is taken from Eminem’s latest album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, which also features this month’s top 10 hits Berzerk and Rap God, and which is released on November 5.

In the albums chart, Arcade Fire’s fourth album Reflektor knocked Katy Perry’s Prism off the top spot, outselling the US singer by nearly two to one over the past week, according to figures released by the Official Charts Company.

James Blunt’s Moon Landing entered the chart at three, while Lorde’s album Pure Heroine debuted at four.

James Blake enjoyed the fruits of his Mercury Prize success, with his album Overgrown shooting up the charts to number 23, having been previously outside the top 200.