RIAA: Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ Lifted to GOLD Certification

Published: Thursday 11th Feb 2021 by Rashad

Just a week after learning she’d levitated to the second Hot 100 top 5 hit of her career (click here to read more), Dua Lipa‘s ‘Levitating‘ has risen to GOLD status at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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On February 9, the RIAA updated its certification logs to reveal Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ – the third official single from her GOLD-certified sophomore album ‘Future Nostalgia’ – had reached GOLD status itself.  The measure denotes sales of 500,000 in the United States.

A sleeper hit, the song first entered public consciousness on the wings of a Madonna & Missy Elliott-assisted remix (found aboard the ‘Future Nostalgia’ deluxe edition ‘Club Future Nostalgia’).  Once that version missed the Hot 100 entirely (as we reported here), ‘Levitating’ was repackaged with hitmaking rapper DaBaby – a lucrative collaboration that fueled its upward movement on the chart.

Coupled with aggressive promotional efforts during 2020’s award season, the increased awareness led to improved radio airplay, digital downloads, and streams (with activity in the latter two categories aiding its newly awarded RIAA status).

‘Levitating’ is the 12th song of Lipa’s career to be certified Gold or higher.

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  1. Clarks0o0ñ February 11, 2021


    This is a top 5 hit
    This song has been on the charts for more than 20 weeks
    This song had multiple remixes.

    Payola can never give u sales.

    Dua lipa is a product of good marketing and aggressive payola.

    Her album future nostalgia is just reaching gold status after how many months?

    • Chester February 11, 2021

      Almost exactly one year. Remember it came at the very beginning of the pandemic. She’s has been forced down our throats for a year. She was supposed to be the next coming of Jesus. Clearly no one cares.

  2. WRTW? February 11, 2021

    Wow Cardi will be just like this, payola and sympathy

  3. Clayne February 11, 2021

    Wow. This is pretty alarming tbh. As stated by someone else previously, this is a top 5 hit and just breaking gold? Don’t get me wrong a gold certification is amazing, I just figured this song would’ve been closer to platinum… if not already? 🤷🏻‍♂️

  4. Clarks0o0ñ February 11, 2021

    Chloe and halle do it peaked at number 63 but this song got a gold certification before levitating, a top 5 hit



  5. Fancy BISH 💎 February 11, 2021

    Close to 3 million singles sold worldwide and RISING…do it Dua 🤳🏽

  6. Jake February 11, 2021

    Congrats!! Do it Dua!! This will be another Platinum hit just like: Break My Heart ; Don’t Start Now, New Rules and her other hits. Future Nostalgia will be platinum as well!! RIAA will be updating . The Grammys will air March 14th are you watching? LMAO!!

  7. Jake February 11, 2021

    Damn the haters like to spread lies Do it Came out in May of last year DUH it’s going to receive a GOLD certification first. It became popular during the summer and received a GOLD certification in October. Levitating is the 5th single from Future Nostalgia. The remix with Madonna was released August 15th for the remix album Club Future Nostalgia. The song became popular because her label decided to promote the DaBaby version and released the video in October to go along. This version worked and was sent to radio and began climbing the charts. DUH it’s just going to hit GOLD. I’m sure it will rise and will go platinum soon.

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