Rihanna’s new album Talk That Talk has broken through 100,000 UK sales in just three days to become one of the fastest sellers of 2011.
The Def Jam/Mercury album, which was released on Monday, reached nearly 110,000 sales by the end of play on Wednesday, according to the Official Charts Company, to put it on course to top the UK artist albums chart this coming Sunday.
Syco act One Direction’s first album Up All Night will also break through 100,000 sales in its first week on sale, having surpassed the 90,000 mark on Wednesday. It is the week so far’s second-biggest artist seller, while the RCA-issued Greatest Hits by Westlife is third, although Reprise/Warner Bros’s Michael Buble album Christmas is rapidly closing the gap in fourth place.
Rihanna is also in with a fighting chance of simultaneously topping the UK singles and artist albums charts this weekend as We Found Love featuring Calvin Harris is just 2,000 sales behind Epic act Olly Murs’ newly-released single Dance With Me Tonight in first place. The Murs single is one of what could be three new entries in the top five with Universal’s Kelly Rowland featuring The Waves release Down For Whatever currently fourth and Island’s Avicii single Levels fifth.