Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, has hailed Rihanna’s latest success in surpassing The Beatles on the Hot 100 chart as a phenomenal achievement not only for her, but also for Barbados.
” . . . Rihanna continues to move from one level of success to another and I want to congratulate her on it,” he said. “I think she has demonstrated that she remains an artiste that is in demand and I think that’s a great achievement for her. It is also a great achievement for Barbados.”
Lashley went on: “Rihanna is a proud product of Barbados and she represents Barbados proudly wherever she goes. She has surpassed Michael Jackson and some other greats and what makes it most significant is that she is still young in her career and she peaks at such a rapid rate. I think it’s a credit to her hardwork and dedication and her management.”
Lashley said he believed Rihanna’s success could serve as great motivation for younger aspiring artistes.
“We have many other ‘Rihannas’ in Barbados and our role is to provide as much support as possible to persons like that. We are going to continue to do that so we can continue to grow this market and provide opportunities.”
The Minister went on: “I believe that this is a wonderful example of where our artistes can go and we do have the incentives under the Cultural Industries Development Act, which I would want to encourage our creative to take advantage of. “
Lashley said he believed many young people were currently involved in entertainment and the cultural sector because they believe and see that there is potential in the creative sector.
Rihanna celebrates her ninth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week with her single Work. That surpasses The Beatles’ previous record for the second-most number of weeks spent at the top of the chart.
She now has a total of 60 weeks at No. 1, tabulated from a combination of her own songs and guest features. Rihanna remains behind Mariah Carey, who has 79 weeks of career number ones; The Beatles sit behind with 59 weeks.
Rihanna’s number one songs include collaborations with other artists, such as Live Your Life, performed with T.I. and Monster Love the Way You Lie, both by Eminem, with on the choruses.