Entertainment Weekly’s Music Mix is reporting:
Rihanna ties Gaga, Beyonce, Mariah for no.1 pop radio hits
As MTV reports today, Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna has gone good enough to qualify for a pretty rarefied status: With Eminem duet “Love the Way You Lie,” the Barbadian songstress has now officially had six #1 songs on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart.
Other artists with a Radio Divas Sixer membership in their wallet alongside the black AmEx and Sam’s Club card include Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce. (The latter two actually achieved it together with their “Telephone” collab earlier this year, though technicalities aside, Mimi is far and away the winner, having earned six no. 1 songs on the Hot 100 before the creation of the Pop Songs chart in 1993, and six after.)
Members of the next-tier-down posse include Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, and Pink, all with five no. 1′s.
What do you think, Mixers—should Mariah just own this radio rodeo, fair and square? Has Rihanna earned her spot in the club? And who, if anyone, will be next?
Personally, I think that Rihanna represents the end of a musical era, in which artists were forced to market themselves to record labels and to have the ability to sing without the aid of machines and backup singers. Mariah Carey is perhaps the last star in our generation to do all of this without the use of a girl group or guerrilla marketing.
Sure Yodel supposedly can sing, but would she be this big if she had not used Kelly & Co. as stepping stones? And would Rihanna have this many no.1′s had she not been “discovered” by her “mentor” Gay-Z? Something is missing, and I don’t really care to sit and wonder what it is. Oh?! That’s right, talent.