Rihanna surpasses Beatles as second longest-reigning star on US singles chart

Rihanna arrives at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London.
Rihanna arrives at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Pop superstar Rihanna has surpassed The Beatles as the artist to rule the United States singles chart for the second longest.

The singer's Work, which features rapper Drake and is the first track off her latest album Anti, spent its ninth week at the top of the Billboard singles chart for the seven days through Friday.

Billboard magazine, which has published the weekly chart since 1958, confirmed on Wednesday (April 20) that Rihanna has now spent 60 weeks in the top spot in total, one more than The Beatles.

But the record is Mariah Carey's 79 weeks.

On the latest album chart, folk rockers The Lumineers opened at No.1 with Cleopatra, which also topped the list in Britain.

It is the second album by the band, who broke through with the 2012 song Ho Hey, which was widely used on television programmes and advertisements.