As we reported here, Queen of Pop Madonna was royally ousted from the #2 spot of “most RIAA certified female artists in history [albums]” thanks to the updated certification of Mariah Carey‘s Christmas album, ‘Merry Christmas.’
Now 6X Platinum, which denotes sales equivalence of 6 million units in the United States, the holiday effort’s new status gave Mimi just the slight push needed to place her in history books only behind Barbra Streisand. Fast forward to this week, the ‘Vision of Love’ beauty apparently has Babs’ position in her sights as a slew of her hit singles and albums – including ‘Fantasy,’ ‘Hero,’ ‘One Sweet Day,’ and more – saw their respective sales tallies verified and reported to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for update.
With the new numbers Carey comes that much closer to being crowned the best-selling female artist in U.S. history. Details inside:
On October 9, the RIAA re-certified the following Carey song and album titles:
- Always Be My Baby – 3x PLATINUM
- One Sweet Day – 3x PLATINUM
- Fantasy – 3x PLATINUM
- Hero – 2x PLATINUM
- Vision of Love – PLATINUM
- Emotions – PLATINUM
- Heartbreaker – PLATINUM
- O Holy Night – GOLD
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – GOLD
- Greatest Hits – 2x PLATINUM
- The Remixes – GOLD
The update places her only 2.5 million shy of surpassing Streisand’s record.
Additionally, the group of new certifications brings her career total to 113M – making the 5-octave songbird the fifth female artist in history to surpass the 100 million mark (when including albums, singles, and features). And, while Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry can all boast having crossed the 100M threshold before her, Carey is the first and only female artist who debuted BEFORE the digital era able to claim such accomplishment.