Recently on VIBE.com, Island Def Jam A&R Bu Thiam VIBE.com, Island Def Jam A&R rep Bu Thiam said that Rihanna’s will be on same level as Thriller:
"Rihanna is coming along incredibly. I’m trying to push her to where every song will be a hit from 1 to 12. I’m talking about NO album fillers. Our bar for this album is Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We got smashes from Stargate, Ester Dean, Mel & Mus and Rock City. We’re definitely going in with Ne-Yo, The-Dream and other writers and producers that have always been a part of her creative process since day one. She’s great to work with and very hands on with every song that’s being written and produced. She has visual concepts for just about every song. It’s already giving me the feel of a timeless album, and right now is her time"
I really do like Rhianna, the only person that has come close to carry on Janet Jackson was Aaliyah who died prematurely, but Rhianna, has done a lot with limited singing skills and tenacity...HOWEVER!
Michahel Jackson's Thriller was cultural album that comes only once in a generation.
It crossed racial and generational lines,("Thriller" is the reason Rhi Rhi can be played on MTV today, because videos by black artits were not played on MTV in the early 80's)
This is not to say that there won't be another game changer.
Before Michael Jackon it was The Beatles,
Before the Beatles it was Elivs Presely,
Before Elvis Presely it was Frank Sinatra.
This is not to say Rhianna can't do it,
but game changing albums usualy are not proclaimed,
they usually just happen.
(Thanks to http://thatgrapejuice.net/2)