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Rihanna is first artist to cross 100 million song certifications, becomes RIAA’s top awarded singles artist

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).

The RIAA created its Gold & Platinum Awards Program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard for measuring the commercial success of a sound recording. The program trademarked the Gold record and formalized the industry practice of presenting awards to artists for music sales achievements.

In 2004, the RIAA expanded its program to include a Digital Single Award in recognition of the significant sales of digital music formats. In 2013, the RIAA added on-demand music streams to its Digital Single Award to better reflect artists’ commercial success in an evolving music marketplace.

The RIAA has certified nearly 2,100 separate digital songs in the past decade of G&P’s digital awards and some 15,500 total titles during the program’s 57-year history. All certification calculations are conducted by the firm Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, which has audited title sales for the RIAA for more than 30 years. Complete lists of all album, single and video awards can also be accessed at riaa.com, and breaking program news at facebook.com/goldandplatinum and @RIAA on Twitter.


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  • Rihanna is the most streamed female artist of all time on online music streaming service Spotify, which has just reached 10 million subscribers.
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Quick News: YouTube, Sia, Rogue, BBMAs

  • Rihanna’s YouTube channel just reached 5 billion views! She’s the first person ever to reach this peak. Congrats, RiRi!
  • Songwriter Sia, who wrote Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, was recently asked: “Have there been any songs you’ve given to other artists that you wish you recorded and released as your own?” She said: “There’s one that a I just gave to Rihanna. [Laughs] Like as soon as I played it for her manager, he flipped over it and [when] he left the house I felt sick. I was like, ‘F–k.’ It was going to be on my record, but he was over and I was playing him loads of jams. And I was like, ‘Maybe you’ll like this one…’ [Other than that] not really, I mean I did like ‘Perfume.’ I would have kept that for myself, but Britney [Spears] is a really sweet gal and I was happy to give it away.”
  • Rumour has it that Rihanna will be in Paris next month to promote her latest fragrance, Rogue. Stay tuned for more details… Rogue is nominated for Favorite Celebrity Fragrance. Vote here.
  • Rihanna is nominated for 5 Billboard Music Awards (Top female artist, Top R&B artist, Top rap song, Top touring artist, Top social artist), which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas tonight on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET. UPDATE: Unfortunately, RiRi did not attend the show and did not win any awards. However, Rihanna said “You continue to break down barriers and inspire girls” in a video montage to Jennifer Lopez during the show.

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