RIAA: Kanye West Makes History As Digital Certifications Pass 100M Sold Mark

Published: Wednesday 30th Sep 2020 by Rashad

Kanye West may be making more headlines for his personal and political antics than his professional, but diehard fans are still keeping their eyes and ears on his prized catalog.

Proof of this has come via the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) which recently updated its certification logs to better reflect West’s sales status in the United States.  From content found aboard his debut album, 2004’s ‘College Dropout,’ to his later works ‘Life of Pablo’ (2016) and ‘Ye’ (2018), the GRAMMY-winning rapper/producer saw over 30 of his songs upgraded in the RIAA books with the highest coming as the now 9x Platinum certified hit, ‘Stronger’ (2007).

His refreshed cumulative tally, which equates to approximately 105 million in digital U.S. sales, makes him the fifth most successful artist of the digital era – trailing only behind Drake, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Eminem.

The win makes him the first male artist who debuted in the 2000s to cross the 100M barrier in digital sales.  Look inside to see the updates:

Gold

  • ‘Saint Pablo’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘The New Workout Plan’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Dark Fantasy’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Devil in a New Dress’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Hey Mama’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Cold’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Blame Game’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Welcome to Heartbreak’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘I Thought About Killing You’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Paranoid’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Wouldn’t Leave’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Don’t Like 1’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘See You In My Nightmares’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Everything I Am’ (Gold Single)
  • ‘Hold My Liquor’ (Gold Single)

Platinum

  • ‘Touch the Sky’ (Platinum Single)
  • ‘Champion’ (Platinum Single)
  • ‘Heard ‘Em Say’ (Platinum Single)
  • ‘All Day’ (Platinum Single)
  • ‘Ghost Town’ (Platinum Single)

2x Platinum

  • ‘All Falls Down’ (2x Platinum Single)
  • ‘Waves’ (2x Platinum Single)
  • ‘Monster’ (2x Platinum Single)
  • ‘Runaway’ (2x Platinum Single)
  • ‘Bound 2’ (2x Platinum Single)
  • ‘Black Skinhead’ (2x Platinum Single)

3x Platinum

  • ‘Good Life’ (3x Platinum Single)
  • ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ (3x Platinum Single)
  • ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1’ (3x Platinum Single)
  • ‘Flashing Lights’ (3x Platinum Single)

4x Platinum

  • ‘Love Lock Down’ (4x Platinum single)
  • ‘Power’ (4x Platinum single)

7x Platinum

  • ‘Heartless’ (7x Platinum single)

8x Platinum

  • ‘Gold Digger’ (8x Platinum Single)

9x Platinum

  • ‘Stronger’ (9x Platinum Single)
[main photo source: Tyler Mitchell for GQ]

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  1. Clarks0o0ñ September 30, 2020

    Camila Cabello’s “Havana” has now surpassed 1.5 billion streams on Spotify.

    💅💅💅💅💅💅
    Cry cry cry

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(#1 Voodoo Queen🧛🏿‍♀️) September 30, 2020

      🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱

  2. Clarks0o0ñ September 30, 2020

    Camila cabello is the first lead female artist to have two songs with over 1.5 billion streams each on Spotify.

    💅💅💅💅

    Here comes the tears
    Here comes the meltdown

    U cant defeat a bad bìtch
    Meanwhile normani is getting dragged on Twitter for the outfit she wore to Rihanna’s fenty show
    😂😂

    It’s what she deserves

  3. Justme September 30, 2020

    Paying for the certifications to seem relevant.. hey everybody does it

  4. Diabetes UNBOTHERED September 30, 2020

    Kanye has a very strong discography. (No Pun)

  5. Claude Remains September 30, 2020

    No Beyonce on this list I noticed!!!

    • Justme September 30, 2020

      Lol pressed much.. no she doesn’t do recertification. Meaning once it’s certified once she not paying to do it again. You have to pay for this. Example Crazy in love hasn’t been certified since 2004😳

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