Rihanna: Digital queen of the universe

Rihanna’s tunes are big on the Interwebs! The sultry pop songstress is the best-selling digital artist ever, according to data compiled by Nielsen Soundscan.

(Ahem) Hear ye, Hear ye: Rihanna is the biggest-selling digital artist of all time.

The Bajan pop tart has sold with over 47 million tracks since bursting onto the scene with her 2005 hit “Pon de Replay.” The title comes courtesy of Nielsen SoundScan, which clocked Rihanna’s digital record sales at about 47.5 million at the end of 2011.

It’s the latest record for RiRi. Just this month, the hit-maker, 23, became the first artist in 39 years to top Britain’s albums and singles charts twice in the same year with different releases.

On Sunday, her fifth studio album, Talk That Talk, debuted at number one across the pond. The disc’s lead single, “We Found Love,” is still going strong on the charts.

In January 2011, Rihanna scored a chart double in Britain when Loud was the country’s biggest-selling album and “What’s My Name,” her duet with ex-boyfriend Drake, was named the most popular single.

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The Black Eyed Peas were named the second most popular digital act ever with 42.4 million downloads. The band’s 2009 hit “I Gotta Feeling” racked up 7.6 million alone.

Eminem and Lady Gaga came in a close third and fourth with 42.2 million and 42 million, respectively. Taylor Swift completed the top five, earning 41.8 million in digital sales.

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Lil Wayne (36.7 million), Katy Perry (36 million), Beyoncé (30.2 million), Kanye West (30.2 million) and Britney Spears (28.6 million) rounded out the top 10.

Did any of your favorite artists make the list? Sound off in the Comments Section!

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