Rihanna is celebrating another milestone, but for this one, she's in a league of her own.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Pop/R&B superstar has surpassed more than 100 million Gold & Platinum song certifications. The feat places RiRi at the number one spot on the RIAA's list of artists with the most Digital Single Awards. It also makes her the first and only artist to surpass RIAA’s 100 million cumulative singles award threshold.
"Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace," said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA. "We've given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached. Congratulations to Rihanna! She has not only surpassed RIAA's one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so. It’s an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career."
In addition, Rihanna claims 48 million new RIAA Digital Single Certifications, which count download sales and on-demand streams in the United States.
In addition to her 100 million cumulative song honors, Rihanna’s career album awards total 7.5 million sold in the United States, including a 2x multi-Platinum for “Good Girl Gone Bad” (2007), five Platinum albums for “A Girl Like Me” (2006), “Rated R” (2009), “Loud” (2010), “Talk That Talk” (2011) and “Unapologetic” (2012) plus Gold for “Music Of The Sun” (2005).
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