Rihanna’s collaboration with Eminem on new track The Monster has denied One Direction the Number One slot in the British Singles Chart, as confirmed by the Official Charts Company.

The song, taken from Eminem’s forthcoming album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, also earned Rihanna a new chart record, becoming the first female artist in British history to score seven Number One singles over seven consecutive years. The only other artist to have achieved this acclaim were Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

The last time the pair released a single together was 2010’s Love The Way You Lie, which went on to become one of the UK’s biggest selling singles of all-time.

In other chart news, last week’s chart topper, Royals by New Zealand singer Lorde, falls one place to Number 2 today, while Fatboy Slim’s Eat Sleep Rave Repeat debuts at Number 3. The Calvin Harris remix of the track, which was neck-and-neck with Eminem and One Direction on Friday, is superstar DJ Norman Cook’s first Top 10 hit since 2001’s double A-side Star 69 / Weapon Of Choice.

One Direction finish the week in fourth place with Story Of My Life, whilst OneRepublic’s former Number 1, Counting Stars, completes this week’s Top 5.

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