Rihanna tops UK album with lowest weekly sales since 1994

Singer sold under 10,000 copies of 'Talk That Talk' to take the top spot

Rihanna took the top spot in the Official UK Album Chart yesterday (August 12) with the lowest sales for a UK Number One album since recent records began.

The singer’s latest album ‘Talk That Talk’ knocked Conor Maynard off the top spot after selling just 9,578 copies. This is the lowest total recorded since data compilers Millward Brown began supplying data to the Official Charts Company, reports Music Week.

The previous sales-low had been recorded in 1993 when The Cranberries topped the chart with their album ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’, which sold 11,981. However Rihanna’s weekly sales are still 2403 behind that total, which equates to a percentage drop of just over 20 per cent.


It was a poor week for artist album sales generally, with Keane scoring a Top 10 spot with sales of just 5,417, while hotly-tipped new comedy trio The Midnight Beast only managing to sell 1184 copies of their self-titled debut album. However, compilations such as ‘Now That’s What I Call Music! 73’ are selling well – shifting 76,000 copies last week.

While sales of artist albums have been low throughout the summer, retailers have said that they expect a strong autumn with releases from the likes of Muse, The Vaccines, Mumford & Sons and The Killers.