RIAA: Rihanna Reclaims ‘Queen of Digital’ Title from Taylor Swift with New Certifications

Published: Wednesday 10th Feb 2021 by Rashad

In October 2020 (as we reported here), Rihanna lost her longstanding grip on the title of ‘Queen of the Digital Era’ when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) updated its record logs to reveal Taylor Swift had surpassed her to become the best-selling female artist of the digital era.

Not even four months after Swift secured the crown, Rih’s returned to collect it.

Details below:

In the absence of new music, fans have kept the spins on Rihanna’s older hits going to tide them over.  No further evidence of this is needed than by the February 9 announcement provided by the RIAA which saw them unveil a slew of new certifications for the diva comprised entirely for work found aboard her latest album, 2016’s ‘Anti.’

See the updated list below:

8x Platinum

  • ‘Work’

7x Platinum

  • ‘Needed Me’

4x Platinum

  • ‘Love on the Brain’

2x Platinum

  • ‘Kiss It Better’

With the upgrades listed above, the Barbadian beauty’s watched her total digital certifications in the United States rise to 137 million – 3 million higher than Swift’s.  This makes her the most certified female artist in digital music history and – among all artist – sit second only to Drake (who’s at 163.5 million).

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 have significantly higher totals than they’ve already amassed.

[main photo source:  Getty Images/AP Images]

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  1. Shayla Queen 👑 February 10, 2021

    No point in this post for an “achievement” that may even change before you even hit POST.Taylor just gon snatch it right back, honey.

    • Kix February 10, 2021

      Dream on. Rihanna is queen!

      • Shayla Queen 👑 February 10, 2021

        With no new music 🤣

    • King z February 10, 2021

      You’re so right shayla

      Once evermore is certified and folklore updated, Taylor will be back at #1 on riaa all time list again

      • Shayla Queen 👑 February 10, 2021


  2. Theman February 10, 2021

    Streaming has muddled music.

  3. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) February 10, 2021

    Anti is trash 🗑 her worst record to date. Even her debut album has more flavorsssssss💅🏿💅🏿 P o r n de replay was my jam🤳🏿🤳🏿

    • Shayla Queen 👑 February 10, 2021

      Don’t forget Cümbrella 💦☔️

  4. Shayla Queen 👑 February 10, 2021

    Trashy BISH pu$$y be looking like Jay Z mouth (teeth included)

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) February 10, 2021

      LMFAO 🤣😂🤣 Screaming!!!! Duck lips All the way💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿

      • Shayla Queen 👑 February 10, 2021

        Go team! 👑👠💋🤣

  5. Wendy Williams February 10, 2021

    But that clothing line tanked though LMAO howyewdewinnn

    • Shayla Queen 👑 February 10, 2021

      Gworrrrrl 🤣

  6. King+Khia February 10, 2021

    All hail Rihanna, the Queen of Pop!!!

  7. Clarks0o0ñ February 10, 2021

    US Certifications (@RIAA): @DUALIPA, Levitating Gold (500,000).


    This is a top 5 hit that was on the chart for more than 20 weeks.

    Payola can never give u sales.

  8. Datred23 February 10, 2021

    Welp karma again to those who said she would fade if she didn’t release every year ! Guess what it’s been 5 years and she’s still more relevant then ever . Also shoutout to the haters who said her music was microwaveable and forgettable. Her old hits still being spinner and played more then your favs new music and that’s the shade !

    • Datred23 February 10, 2021

      Spun ^*

  9. Mr RCW February 10, 2021

    How awesome for Rihanna and Drake both!!!


    • Shayla Queen 👑 February 10, 2021

      Bought and streamed by 90% whites 🤣💯

  10. JoeJoe February 10, 2021

    A whole lot of white Trailer Stiff fans in the comments mad af lmao!

    • Fancy BISH 💎 February 11, 2021

      Chile, some straight trailer trash looking heffas are up in here hating on Rihanna’s certifications 🤣

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