Cardi B Makes RIAA History AGAIN As ‘Bodak Yellow’ Nears Diamond Certification

Published: Friday 20th Sep 2019 by Rashad

Cardi B continues to prove herself a darling of the Recording Industry Association of America.

Not even two weeks ago, the ‘Bodak Yellow’ beauty saw her name colored in the institution’s record books as she became the most certified female rapper in digital history (click here to read more). Snatching the title from nemesis Nicki Minaj, B leads the genre’s ladies with a whopping 32.5 million certified sold records amassed in just 2 years.

Now, as her official debut single has surpassed the 9x platinum threshold, she’s penciling in yet another history-making achievement with the Association.

Details inside:

As ‘Bodak Yellow’ sits at the 9x platinum mark – meaning it has “sold” the equivalent of 9 million units in the United States – it now reigns as the highest certified female Rap song of all time. Besting the previous record holder (Minaj’s 8x platinum-certified ‘Super Bass’), the move places ‘Yellow’ just one certification away from diamond status, an impressive feat as she would become only the 24th artist in history to lay claim to such status.  As if that’s not enough, she would also be the first female rapper in history with a Diamond single.

Congratulations to Cardi!

Editor’s Note:

While we certainly tip our hats to the Trap Selena’s latest accomplishment, we would be remiss not to draw attention to a few noteworthy items.  First, record certifications and sales are not synonymous.  Being “certified” means an artist’s label had his or her sales audited, submitted that information to the RIAA for verification, and – once approved – the association provided a plaque to reflect the verified sales, streams, or shipments.  With this in mind, the RIAA does not independently nor automatically award Gold, Platinum, or Diamond status to singles or albums.

Ok, Rashad you’re rambling. What does this all mean?

Although an artist is the most certified, he or she may not necessarily be the best selling.  Case in point, consider Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass.’  With its last certification award gifted in December 2013 (per the RIAA’s official web site), the song has not had its audited sales reported in nearly 6 years.  And, while it’s entirely possible it has not amassed the extra 2 million needed to cross Diamond status, it’s highly unlikely as the 8x platinum marker was passed BEFORE the RIAA began including streams in its calculations (as we reported here in February 2016).

Alas, until Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records has her numbers updated all we can do is a) speculate on its actual sales and b) report on what’s been made official.


The editorial note is by no means to minimize the significance of the RIAA as the accomplishments are groundbreaking and game-changing no matter how you spin them, but it is always important to remember context.

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  1. Dc September 20, 2019

    Why put a damn editors note you clearly knew what u were doing just messy haters mad mad wrote an article and then took all the shine away with that editors note smh

    • Brent Christopher September 20, 2019

      THANK YOU! It was incredibly petty, pretentious, sissy-like & UNNECESSARY. at this point, Cardi B has surpassed Nicki Minaj in likability, endorsement reach, digital sales, Grammy awards, number one chart positions & soon, securing a starring television role in the reboot of “THE NANNY”.

      Cardi B is the people’s CHAMPION. she makes others actually want to cheer for her. Cardi is accomplished, celebrated & maintains her dignity in the process.

      Stylistically, she sits with the Rihanna’s, Kate Moss’ & other fashion icons of the industry. Cardi has proven her mainstay & I look forward to the slaughter that awaits with the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album:

    • gina September 20, 2019

      because facts are fact, RIAA is being investigated for fake certifications. there is no shine to take away, dummi’s certifications are a s fake as she is.

  2. Da bi lesbian Jasmine of TGJ September 20, 2019

    Post about Fantasia new song Holy Ghost. @tgj

  3. 2bad2bme September 20, 2019

    Nicki who? LOL

    • gina September 20, 2019

      Nicki that still made more money that offset’s h0, thats who.

      • gina September 20, 2019


  4. Quepid September 20, 2019

    Taking Nicki out of the equation.. “OF ALL TIME” tho? BY is not a blow your mind type of record. The only reason is even sold anything was because of the stimulus package her label put on the record so that it would get air play at the top of every hour. Therefore it forms repetition that replays in the listeners head AKA brainwash. Really listen to the record, it’s basic. She just better thank god for FREE streams making it easy for lackluster artist to make money and spots on to billboard. The NEW kids got it hella easy. Congrats tho I guess

    • Dc September 20, 2019

      Hater always a reason huh had nothing to do with it being a hit smh

      • gina September 20, 2019

        but its the truth tho, so how does that make him a hater?

  5. Tyty September 20, 2019


    • Dc September 20, 2019

      It really is

  6. The Real Princess Jasmine September 20, 2019

    3 number 1s and a Grammy Award and All that Payola and Radio ? Play CardiB gets And still makes less then the Queen on her off season

    • Dc September 20, 2019

      Nicki had an album and tour and what’s funny is Nicki her first year only made 6 million cardi wins ????????

      • The Real Princess Jasmine September 20, 2019

        Umm Nicki Minaj made more then that her first year idiot , 2nd this isn’t CardiBs first year it’s 2019 she’s been out for 3 years dumb Phuck CardiB fans really are slow Retardi Gang

  7. Clarkson September 20, 2019

    Welcome to the club of diamond bìtches.

    Camila Havana is diamond also.

    Normani can not relate , nicki can not relate

    South of the boarder is going to be released as single, another number 1 for Camila and cardi.

    • Only Facts September 20, 2019

      Cannot is one word you idiot

      • Paulo September 20, 2019

    • The Real Princess Jasmine September 20, 2019

      It’s 2019 CardiB hasn’t had the success she had in 2018 all the hype is over her new song with Fat Joe Flopped but y’all won’t speak on that she’ll never have another successful year as 2018 only downhill from here sorry CardiB the hype is over * Plays Meg the Stallion

      • Clarkson September 20, 2019

        Gurl she doesnt need to be as successful as she was in 2018. Nobody can stay at the top forever
        All cardi needs is to keep releasing top 10 bops and she will be fine, same thing with Camila cabello, she needs to keep releasing top 10 bops and she will be fine.

        Cardi is in a critical acclaimed movie hustlers, certified fresh, premiered at a high profile film festival TIFF (Toronto international film festival) . She also has a Netflix show. Cardi will be fine

      • only facts September 20, 2019

        @Clarkson but its now confirmed that both of Camilla’s song will fall off of the hot 100 after just two weeks. LOL.

  8. Only Facts September 20, 2019

    The new supreme! As the new supreme gets more successful, the old supreme gets weaker (and retires). ?

    • GardiBang September 21, 2019

      All Hail the✨New Supreme✨.. can someone please quote what NICKi said about KIM in the Angie Martinez interview lol KARMA IS THAT B****

      • KODAK-RED September 22, 2019

        @Gardi Bang :
        Which one? I am going to post the two that apply to her…
        “But you wanna know what scares people?…SUCCESS…When you don’t make moves and you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody LOVES you because you’re NOT COMPETITION…When you become COMPETITION…then people start… wait hold on, wait wait!”


        “You’re gonna go down in history now as a sore LOSER, as opposed to going down in history as the QUEEN…”

        She literally spoke on her own destiny!!!…lol!!!

  9. Ratedxxx September 20, 2019

    I’m curious how much has cardi b’s album has sold so far…has it gone platinum yet….

    Nicki first album actually sold more in 2 weeks than cardi bs a** album..and

    And she went platinum without being on the radio 24/7 and streaming…

    Well at least she has a grammy, a baby and a husband whos. Giving his dack to every Instagram “models” all over the world….

    Dang nicki you are such a failure…rolls eyes

  10. Ratedxxx September 20, 2019

    Now I see why nicki retired….she’s broke(80 million)
    But how much is cardi b worth?

    Look at me least she can sleep with that one grammy ..when her fans moved on

    Oh I forgot she’s also married to the best black man out there… I’m sure when he’s busting in every other whorres. He’s thinking about you cardi

    Nicki you’ve have fails us…

  11. gina September 20, 2019

    Please, the RIAA is under investigation for false certifications as we speak. keep hyping up dummi’s fake accomplishments, itll be that much more embarrassing when the truth comes out. and Nicki still made more money than this bum in that time period.

  12. Adonis September 20, 2019

    Pathetic ? tgj on oinknika payroll we BEEN known that! But to add an editors note at the end and basically discredit what Cardi has achieved is seriously a low blow, how many times do you post every time Nicki p i s s or sneeze? No editors note then right!? And anyway Nicki Minaj is soooo 2010 if yall mf’s want Nicki to be on top so bad then I suggest u old heads hop in a time machine cos it is ALL about Cardi. And yall will deal.

  13. Nicky September 20, 2019

    Lmfaoooooooool @ thinking cardi and Camicky song will happen


    Camicky will never have a top 10 hit again. Let alone a top 40

    Her solo songs consistently flop. No star power


    • Dc September 20, 2019

      Normani def won’t ??

      • GardiBang September 21, 2019

        Keep an eye on that Liar record tho!!! It’s been getting abit more AirPlay than Motivation lmao

  14. Lou-Andrew Rodriguez September 20, 2019

    PAYOLA. This makes me sick.

    • Dc September 20, 2019

      This is old of it was payola the record company would be going in the negative y’all haters stay mad and cardi still getting more money everyday

  15. Navy September 20, 2019

    But what the pure sales look like sis?

  16. Snoop September 20, 2019

    It’s a scam!

  17. Paulo September 20, 2019

    Post an article on Ciara’s riaa updates

  18. Beam Me Up Scotty September 20, 2019

    I think this is false. “Super Bass” was eligible for diamond last year I thought. If this is true…what’s the point anymore.

    • Pu$$yPopstress September 20, 2019

      U clearly see the pic in the post that shows Nicki certified 8x plat, not diamond

  19. S.A..TX September 22, 2019

    Way to go congratulations to Carly B she deserves this woman is a straight-up Hustler and a very smart woman again congratulations again

  20. None of your business September 23, 2019

    Just another messy boy with time to write another messy blog post. I definitely hope Young Money/Republic Records has those sales audited in the coming weeks. Super Bass sold 10M+ ages ago.

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