It’s been five years since Taylor Swift released ‘Shake It Off’ – the chart-topping lead single from her fifth studio album, ‘1989,’ but the project has found itself the topic of much recent chatter. While the bad includes an ongoing lawsuit from 3LW writers who claim the song’s chorus rips off the group’s 2001 hit, ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ (click here to read more on that), good has now come in the form of yet another historic achievement courtesy of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
No stranger to seeing her name penciled in the organization’s history books, the ‘Blank Page’ beauty is now being written in thanks to reports ‘Shake’ has officially been certified Diamond – denoting sales equivalence of 10 million in the United States.
Earlier this week, the RIAA sent fans into a frenzy when it updated its logs to reveal Swift’s 2014 megahit, ‘Shake,’ had attained Diamond status. Making it only the 34th song in history to do so, the accomplishment also makes her the first and only woman to ever achieve a Diamond single and album over her career.
Fans may recall the singer’s 2008 title, ‘Fearless,’ is posted as a Diamond seller.
Surprisingly, the RIAA withdrew the announcement and reduced ‘Shake’ back to 9x Platinum (as of time reported the organization’s web site lists the song as such). It’s not immediately clear if the revelation was made prematurely or totally in error. However, given that ‘Shake’ was certified 9x Platinum in mid-2017, it stands to reason the song has crossed the next tier’s threshold in the 2.5 years since.
That Grape Juice has contacted the RIAA for clarification.