“Only 14 songs have earned Diamond status to date, and Katy Perry owns three of them — what a remarkable achievement and testament to a groundbreaking artist,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA.
The statement above came just after news broke the Grammy-nominated singer, who is currently enjoying the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with her latest album, ‘Witness’ – witnessed her name etched in history books for becoming the first artist ever to have three diamond singles. That is, three singles that have respectively sold or streamed 10 million or more units.
To make the feat all the more impressive, the songs – ‘Firework’ (2010), ‘Dark Horse’ (2013), and now ‘Roar’ (2013) – were all released before the RIAA began incorporating streaming data into its certification calculations in early 2016.
The ‘Bon Appetit’ singer was previously tied with former rival Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance” and “Poker Face” ) and rapper Eminem (“Not Afraid” and “Love The Way You Lie”) who both – as of time reported – have two Diamond Song Awards each.
Congratulations to Katy!
The report comes as yet another milestone for the singer’s otherwise interesting 2017.
Her new album, ‘Witness,’ may be her first major label project to be released without a #1 single on the Hot 100 preceding it, but with over 187,000 sold its first week it has the best opening numbers of any female album released this year.
How did Katy respond to the news? See below: