RIAA: Taylor Swift Officially Dethrones Rihanna as ‘Queen of Digital Era’

Published: Monday 26th Oct 2020 by Rashad

Taylor Swift may be no stranger to seeing her name in the history books of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), but now she’s getting acquainted with a new honor:  Queen of the Digital Era.

A title long held by Pop superstar Rihanna, the Barbadian beauty was unseated Monday (October 26) when the RIAA updated its record logs with a slew of new or upgraded certifications for Swift.

The latter’s refreshed total now sees her as the best-selling female artist of the digital era.

Details inside:

As we reported here, Taylor Swift is the owner of six new or refreshed certifications from the RIAA.

3x Platinum

  • ‘You Need to Calm Down’ (Single)

2x Platinum

  • ‘Me!’ (Single)
  • ‘Lover’ (Single)


  • ‘Folklore’ (Album)
  • ‘The Man’ (Song)

With the increases listed above, her total digital certifications in the United States now sits at 133.5 million – 4.5 million higher than longtime RIAA ruler Rihanna.

Among all artists, Swift is second only to Drake who, as of time reported, has amassed over 163 million in Platinum or higher plaques.

It should be noted the RIAA, unlike Billboard, does NOT include the stats of an artist’s features in his or her tally.  If such were the case, Rih and Drake would probably have significantly higher totals than they’ve already amassed.

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  1. Hologram October 26, 2020

    Congrats Queen Taylor👑

    • C**-ila October 27, 2020

      She’s amazing! I make your words mine as well!
      Congrats Tay 😇🙌🏻

  2. Normani Motivation October 27, 2020

    Rihanna face very shady
    Congrats Taylor 🔥

  3. Megan thee October 27, 2020

    I love you taylor and congrats😄

  4. Doja Cat Say So October 27, 2020

    I was not surprised at all because she is Taylor Swift duh!XD

  5. Nickelback October 27, 2020


  6. wehate…bbll n whyy..the party October 27, 2020

    ErA: a fixated point in time for which a series of years is reckoned
    is websters definition of ERA

    what years or periods points are u talking about u talking about in 2020 what series of years did taylor swift become “queen of digital” and rihanna would STILL be queen if she was 1st

  7. Lyka October 27, 2020

    Why everthing based on sales? Just because someone sales Millions of records dont mean she is a great muscian! Dont know why people give a f*CK about this person sold this amount of records and blabla and the end of the day they know which sacrafices they made and im pretty sure that a lot of them cant sleep at night.
    This industry is full of occultism

    • Zo October 27, 2020

      Thank you .at least you know

    • Anna October 28, 2020

      Its people like you that like to down play musicians and hate on them. Move along hater not everyone cares what you think she works very hard on her music. She has a very calming voice. You don’t like it then go listen to something you call music and leave the rest of her fans alone.

    • Misty Knight October 29, 2020

      Ocultism…yeah, lots of Christians. It’s a cult where they eat the flesh of jesus and drink his blood in creepy ceremonies.

  8. tyty October 27, 2020

    Going back to her roots was a masterstroke…still think she is mediocre asf but her fans put their money where their mouth is….

  9. Justme October 27, 2020

    There is still two women who still haven’t updated their certification. Beyonce and Britney Spears, so for now congrats Taylor but we still don’t who is the true queen of the digital era.

    • Klutch October 27, 2020

      Chile stop it! Bey is nowhere near Roshanna and Taylor when it comes to digital sales. Even you know that clown 🤡. Talking about for now congratulations! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

      • Justme October 27, 2020

        Why you bring a bug.. i said what I said. And that is certifications not pure sales.. so what I said stands. Go do your research, neither of them have updated their certifications.

  10. TRANS RACIAL QUEEN October 27, 2020

    Taylor is the best

  11. 1988 October 27, 2020

    Congrats to T-Swizzle. 🙂

  12. BLDM October 27, 2020

    White Lives Matter

  13. Mario October 27, 2020

    That’s only because some of her features weren’t included, otherwise she’d have 185 million units…but congrats Taylor

  14. Theman October 27, 2020

    Streaming made a lot easier for a lot of these big names to earn more certifications.

  15. Bey Unlimited October 27, 2020

    I’m glad Taytay surpassed flophianna lmfaoooo
    Rih navy are not strong as swifties

  16. Slick October 28, 2020

    How the fk? with her garbage ass bubble gum music.

    • Anna lee October 28, 2020

      The only thing that is garbage is your comments. Go be hateful somewhere else you don’t know what music is you probably listen to mumble rap.

      • Slick October 29, 2020

        Lol Mumble rap? That’s funny. But yeah her music is trash.

  17. Andreas October 29, 2020

    And that is why, Taylor Swift IS the music industry.

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