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Rihanna Sets Chart Record in the UK; Posts Birthday Tribute to Her Grandfather

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Rihanna via Instagram (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Rihanna via Instagram (via ABC News Radio)

As popular as she is in the U.S., Rihanna has now done something in the U.K. that only The Beatles and Elvis Presley have done before.

Rihanna's new collaboration with Eminem , "The Monster," has topped the charts in Britain.  According to Britain's Official Charts Company, that makes her one of only three acts to have hit #1 on the UK singles chart seven times in seven years.  The Fab Four and The King of Rock and Roll are the other two.  

In other Rihanna news, she showed her softer side on Sunday with an Instagram post paying tribute to her grandfather on his birthday, and recognizing his position as the patriarch of their family.

"Happy Birthday Grandfadda Bravo !!!!!," she wrote, "You are so special to all of us!!! If it wasn't for you buying out the whole tray of mangoes from gran gran Dolly that one day you got off your ship in Guyana, and charmed her with that smile laced with a gold cap, NONE of us would be here!!"  Rihanna's beloved gran gran Dolly passed away last year.

The singer added, addressing her grandfather, "Im saying a special thanks to you for having the heart of a Lion, my Scorpio King, Legend!!! They will never know what it took for you to get us here!! I love you way past unconditional!!! You're true az steel BRAVO!!!! #BirthdayBoy"

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