2 years, 1 album, and 31.5 million+ singles sold is just what it took for Cardi B‘s name to be penciled in the history books of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) again.
First nabbing headlines in December 2018 when she became the first female artist ever (of any genre) to see every track from one album certified Gold or Platinum, now – thanks to enduring success from her debut effort, ‘Invasion of Privacy’ – B (born Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar) is invading RIAA record books once more.
This week brought with it news Almanzar’s total career certifications to date reached the 31.5 million mark (for singles) thanks to the success of her recent hit, ‘Press,’ and ‘Invasion of Privacy’ album track, ‘She Bad (featuring YG).’ With the tunes crossing the organization’s threshold for Gold (500,000 units shifted SPS) and Platinum (1,000,000 units shifted SPS) respectively, the numbers gave Cardi just the push she needed to surpass longtime nemesis Nicki Minaj in the history books as the most certified female rapper (digital singles).
The Harajuku Barbie may sit pretty in history books for her record-setting 104 entries on the Hot 100, however, the RIAA – unlike Billboard – does not attribute the success of an artist’s features to his or her overall career stats. As such, while Minaj may have assisted a number of the decade’s biggest hits to Gold, Platinum, or Multiplatinum status, she is only credited by the organization for songs that she’s listed as the leading act.