A GIRL LIKE ME, Second Def Jam Album, Debuts At #5 On First Week Sales of 115,126 Copies
New Single “Unfaithful” Blows Onto The Charts, As Video Debuts On MTV’s “TRL” – Follow-Up To #1 Video “SOS”
Rihanna builds on success of 2005’s RIAA gold debut, Music Of the Sun, featuring summer crossover smash “Pon De Replay”
Def Jam recording artist Rihanna is buoyed by the top 10 debut entry of her second album, A GIRL LIKE ME (follow-up to her RIAA gold debut, Music Of the Sun), as she rides the crest of this year’s biggest crossover smash, “S.O.S.” – which takes over the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Pop 100, Hot Digital Songs Chart, Hot Dance Club Play Chart, and Billboard Monitor and Rand R (Radio and Records) Pop charts.
With “S.O.S.” popping everywhere, “Unfaithful” (co-written by Def Jam label mate Ne-Yo and produced by Stargate) is taking off as A GIRL LIKE ME’s second single pick. The song debuts at #34-bullet on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart and is #1 most added at Rhythm, putting the song on more than 85 stations as of impact date.
The video for “Unfaithful,” directed by Anthony Mandler, made its MTV debut this week on TRL – where “S.O.S.” has already enjoyed its own #1 stay. The “S.O.S.” video, directed by Chris Applebaum , was also # 1 on AOL video (with over 8 million plays to date) and Top 5 at Yahoo! Music. Taking off behind an infectious taste of “Tainted Love” (the Soft Cell classic), “S.O.S.” has logged more than 157,000 iTunes downloads to date, and was the biggest first week digital single EVER! On May 15, go to MSNVIDEO.COM where MSN will feature an exclusive album release party and performance from Rihanna…live from Barbados!
“S.O.S.” is a worldwide phenomenon that has gone #1 on the Canadian Airplay chart, the Japanese International chart, the Australian singles chart, the French airplay chart and European airplay chart. In this country, it marks the second time Rihanna has topped the Dance Club chart since last summer 2005, when her #1 “Pon De Replay” stopped traffic in the U.S. and Europe, and was certified a triple-platinum digital download by the RIAA.
The beautiful young Barbados native, personally signed by Def Jam president and CEO Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, has caught the eyes of NIKE and JC Penny for high-level endorsement deals. NIKE chose “S.O.S.” as the theme for an exclusive video, choreographed by the world renowned Jamie King (Madonna and Shakira) which launched their newest clothing line (check out the video at www.nikewomen.com).
Similarly captivated by Rihanna, JC Penny has chosen Rihanna as the new face of Miss Bisou in their stores nationwide as well as in their advertising campaigns. Her video and music will be featured in all Junior’s sections of the stores. Meanwhile, Rihanna is making her movie debut in a cameo role playing herself in the upcoming cheerleader flick, Bring It On: All Or Nothing, currently in production.
After making appearances last week on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, MTV’s TRL and CD USA, Rihanna is looking forward to future appearances on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and more.