Ouch! Detractors may be declaring “hocus pocus” on the RIAA, but Camila Cabello and fans (affectionately called #Camilizers) are rejoicing at news the singer’s eponymous debut album – released January 12 – has already been certified Gold after just one week of availablity.
The controversy? The album hasn’t even sold and/or streamed a fourth of the 500,000 units used to meet the criteria of said certification tier.
The former Fifth Harmony singer’s label took to Twitter today with news her breakout hit, the Starrah-penned ‘Havana,’ has now been certified 3x platinum. The report broke just hours after Billboard alerted readers the song had also reached #1 – a feat that made her one of few to boast the rare achievement of simultaneously championing both the Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 [read more on that by clicking here].
Alongside recognition of ‘Havana’s newly earned status was indication its parent album, ‘Camila,’ is now a Gold album. Currently sitting atop the album charts with 119,000 SPS (65,000 pure sales), its overall sales count – according to the RIAA – has to factor in the sales and streams of new single ‘Never Be the Same’ and, of course, ‘Havana.’ Note: ‘Crying in the Club,’ though certified Gold by the RIAA, was not counted as it is not on the album’s final track list.
Keeping in mind that 10 track sales or 1500 track streams equal 1 unit sale (by RIAA certification guidelines), a portion of ‘Havana’s platinum status was applied to ‘Camila’ (the album’s) overall status. Thusly, a Gold plaque was awarded.
Congratz are due to Camila and crew!