Camila Cabello’s Debut LP Certified Gold Despite Sales of Less Than 120K

Published: Monday 22nd Jan 2018 by Rashad

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.

Details inside:


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!

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  1. Theman January 22, 2018

    This is pure smoke & mirrors. Why would a single that’s already been certified count towards album sales. This is bogus. Streaming isn’t real album sales. But to count singles with albums is ridiculous.

    • Caleb January 23, 2018

      Ikr how tf the same song gets certifications for single sales and album sales at the same time. The RIAA is s***.

  2. iamdiego January 22, 2018


  3. Hmmm… January 22, 2018

    Lol this is so stupid. The music industry is an ongoing joke. They’re giving these things away like candy. It’s meaningless.

  4. 👧 + ✈ = 💀 January 22, 2018

    So do all the old albums get certified with this new format? Destinys childrens WOTW album might be diamond now

    • Bam January 23, 2018


    • Faf January 23, 2018

      That’s what i say cuz by that logic fantasy ride and basic instinct should
      Be platinum with those video streams counting toward sales

    • Caleb January 23, 2018

      Only if the labels care enough to pay for recertification.

  5. Tori January 23, 2018

    This what y’all wanted, “streaming is the new way” right? LMAO, F****** JOKE!

    • JOHNVIDAL January 23, 2018

      Funny thing is the type of people who said that (because it benefited their fave) will soon start complaining about this new now younger girls than their fave´s way of topping the charts. Watch it. It will come soon. They act people have to move on with times… I´m sure only until they grow up and their fave is not the new one and see their fave´s records (laughable ones) broken. Very basic people.

      • Datredd23 January 23, 2018

        Your basic hun your commeting on a blog about other people’s success run along back to the nursing home granny

      • JOHNVIDAL January 23, 2018

        Datredd hahahaha yep you know you are one of thsoe fools I described in my coment. Says it all.

  6. Credits January 23, 2018


  7. Jason January 23, 2018

    What a mess! I’m so over these overblown eras! I want someone to actually sell all the copies that the plaque is certifying. 🙄 This is how Stan’s get delusional about their faves.

  8. Haters Gon’ Hate January 23, 2018

    Jesus take the wheel. It’s come to this? Yesterday I was congratulating the girl – today she’s being awarded this milestone when it’s clear she hasn’t earned it yet??? And the RIAA rules allow this mockery??? FAKE FAKE FAKE

  9. JOHNVIDAL January 23, 2018

    What do u want in this day and age? You have Rihanna in the same list (only about singles) with Michael, Mariah or Madonna when we all know she has not seen 1/10 of their success and relevance/adoration. It is the new rules to make up for lack of sales and talent.

    • Datredd23 January 23, 2018

      Level 5 hater alert your obsessed with Rih get over the fact that she is a legend at 29 both in music and fashion/beauty!

      • JOHNVIDAL January 23, 2018


  10. DanYiel Iman January 23, 2018

    IMO she’s not a great live singer & I purchased Havana on iTunes for .69 ..✌🏽😐

    • JOHNVIDAL January 23, 2018

      Totally the new Rihanna.

      • 123 February 6, 2018

        Don’t ever put that heifer next to Rihanna or Beyonce. She could never.

  11. Black power January 23, 2018

    What a joke! Her label is doing any and everything to make this girl seem like the IT girl. I guarantee you she won’t even sell 200k copies in the US. And the real kiiii will be when she can’t sell tickets to her concert, you can’t fake that!

  12. SMH January 23, 2018

    F****** mess. It’s official: streaming has killed the music industry. RIP SMH.

  13. Ashanti January 23, 2018

    Purchsed certifications

    See : Anti

    • Datredd23 January 23, 2018

      I see Anti still charting 2 years later on billboard hun. Lol that’s what I see don’t see your faces nowhere near lol

      • Datredd23 January 23, 2018


      • JOHNVIDAL January 24, 2018

        And many albums taht are not charting have outsold Anti. what is your point? All of that proves Rihanna is queen of inflation and underwhelming album sales compared to her supposed force on singles front.

      • Datredd23 January 26, 2018

        Obviously she’s oldsold the other pop girls ie katy Lady Gaga Miley Kesha Demi Selena Ariana and more. It’s a shame witness and Joanne already fell off and both were telesales over a year before Anti now that’s a mess lol what is goes to show you is that Rihanna has longevity and the general public’s interest

  14. Caleb January 23, 2018

    Unbelievable. This makes even less s sense than when Heartbreak on a Hotel Moon or whatever got its Gold plaque. This isn’t even a triple or double album or anything. The certifications I hate to say are bs now and are on the verge of becoming irrelevant.

  15. Boytoy1814 January 24, 2018

    Payola 101

  16. Jame January 24, 2018

    Someone doesn’t know how streaming effects sales lol. We don’t live in the era of Buying music anymore. The industry has changed and so has the way people listen to the music. Which havana and Camila falls under the new requirements. No controversy. The person who wrote this article is just incompetent.

    • Caleb January 26, 2018

      Even when you include the streaming equivalent sales there’s no way it adds up to 500,000.

  17. Catman February 5, 2018

    lol thats b*******! so basically artists can release singles and push for payola, with radio airplay and spotify playlist ads to get hits before releasing an album and this getting undeserving album certifications despite not meeting the standard amount of sales. the music industry is becoming a joke

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