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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced that Rihanna has surpassed more than 100 million Gold & Platinum song certifications, elevating her to number one on RIAA’s list of artists with the most Digital Single Awards and making her the first and only artist to surpass RIAA’s 100 million cumulative singles award threshold.
Encompassing a range of songs from an extraordinarily successful career, Rihanna today claimed 48 million new RIAA Digital Single Certifications, which count download sales and on-demand streams in the United States.
“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.”
Rihanna’s Westbury Road Entertainment LLC/Roc Nation/Def Jam career song certifications span 37 separate titles released during her decade of music making, and include a 9X multi-Platinum award for “We Found Love,” 6X multi-Platinums for “Stay,” “What’s My Name” and “Only Girl (In The World),” plus a 2X multi-Platinum for new song “FourFiveSeconds,” a Platinum for “Bitch Better Have My Money” and many more.
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).
Scoring tickets to a live event you’ve been dreaming of is a great feeling. Ditto for donating to a worthwhile cause. You can do both thanks to our partnership with the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), a group supporting cancer treatment in Barbados founded by superstar and altruist Rihanna.
Till August 2, fans buying tickets on Ticketmaster can support life-saving cancer treatments by donating $5, $10, or $25 dollars to the CLF during checkout. Donations support the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the only public cancer treatment facility in all of Barbados.
Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 in honor of her grandparents. In just a few years the organization has grown to encompass a range of humanitarian efforts including children’s health and enrichment, emergency response to natural disasters, and HIV/AIDS and cancer treatment.
Watch below or here the trailer for Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video. Full video directed by Rihanna & Megaforce coming on Thursday, get ready!
Surprise! Rihanna showed up at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles to introduce the trailer to her “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video.
Ri didn’t walk the red carpet and sat next to her best friend Leandra in the audience. She was seen posing for photos with professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Nicki Minaj’s mom. As always, she was a trending topic worldwide on Twitter.
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Apparently Ri found an adorable puppy last night in Los Angeles and decided to adopt him! Her friend Leandra updated Ri’s Snapchat page (follow “Rihanna” now) with a few videos of them together. Watch them all after the jump.
And speaking of dogs, we haven’t seen Ri’s super cute dog Oliver in a while!
On Friday (June 26), Rihanna was seen at rapper J. Cole’s concert in Los Angeles. She posed for photos with A$AP Ferg and Anthony Hamilton, as seen below, and fans. Check out more photos after the jump.