Because they're both young (about the same age, give or take a few years), very successful and with huge fanbases, comparisons between Rihanna and Beyonce often arise. If you ask the former, though, they're quite unnecessary because she stands in a league all of her own.
In recent interview with Look magazine, Rihanna opens up about her incredible career and whether she's feeling any heat coming from her rivals.
She would if she had any, she says, as cited by Digital Spy.
“There's nobody really in my league,” Rihanna says when asked about comparisons to Beyonce and whether the two are really competing against each other.
However, “There's competition everywhere. The whole music industry is competition,” Rihanna adds.
She further explains what she means about not being Beyonce's rival in any way.
“There are people who like other artists, those who like me and others who like both. Beyonce is a great artist and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence, but we're different performers with different styles,” the pop star stresses.
As for her inspirations, Rihanna mostly looks up to Madonna, the one singer with the most remarkable ability to constantly reinvent herself with ever new release she puts out there.
“She [has] reinvented her style and music with success every single time, and at the same time remained a real force. She's fantastic,” Rihanna says.
As we also noted on a different occasion, Rihanna also looks up to Katy Perry, whom she considers a real “legend,” a performer who is always true to herself and would never compromise that just because she's told she needs to change.
Of course, Rihanna herself hasn't done poorly for herself either, so having her singing your praise is truly something special on its own.
Just recently, figures from Nielsen Soundscan have revealed that she is officially the top selling digital artist of all times, having moved no less than 47.5 million digital downloads since breaking on the scene in 2005.