The power of 3 has proven itself potent yet again – especially when the award-winning trio is comprised of two powerhouse vocalists, Jessie J and Ariana Grande, as well as Rap Queen Nicki Minaj.
Their 2014 collaboration ‘Bang Bang’ – found aboard J’s third album ‘Sweet Talker’ and Grande’s second album ‘My Everything’ – was a Hot 100 history-making megahit at the height of its popularity, penciled in Billboard records for becoming the third highest-peaking song to feature three or more female acts (bested only by 2001’s ‘Lady Marmalade’ and a two-way tie between 1998’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and now 2021’s ’34+35′ remix).
Despite its established list of boasted achievements, the latest refresh of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) logs reveals the song’s commercial acclaim is enduring nearly 7 years after its release.
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On Friday (February 12), the RIAA unveiled news the Max Martin-produced ‘Bang’ had been updated to 8x Platinum status – a feat that denotes sales equivalence of 8 million copies in the United States alone.
While Minaj is no stranger to such wins as her 2011 hit, ‘Super Bass’ had already boomed its way to the 8x Platinum mark, the ‘Bang’ triumph comes as the highest RIAA rung reached by Jessie and Ariana to date.
For Grande, her previous best was the 6x Platinum plaque awarded to her 2014 hit, ‘Problem,’ while J’s personal best was the 4x Platinum success of 2011’s ‘Price Tag.’