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.
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:
- ‘Needed Me’
- ‘Love on the Brain’
- ‘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.