Another day, another historic mark for Pop pinup Justin Bieber.
As if continuing to ride high on Billboard charts thanks to his historic #1 hit ‘,Peaches,’ and its parent album, ‘Justice,’ isn’t enough, the GRAMMY winner – already the highest certified male vocalist in the history of digital music – is now penciled in the history books of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) thanks to his extension of that record.
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As we reported here, Bieber fans (affectionately called #Beliebers) were greeted with sweet news at the end of April when they learned the singer’s latest hit – ‘Peaches’ – had crossed the RIAA’s threshold for Platinum status, meaning it’s sold the equivalence of 1 million copies in the United States alone. Not even a week later, another hit from ‘Justice’ – ‘Hold On’ – was awarded a Gold plaque, meaning it had sold the equivalence of 500,000 copies in the same territory.
Those joint wins pushed Justin’s cumulative career total of certified U.S. sales to 99.5 million.
This week, the RIAA announced the singer’s 2019 Country chart-topping Dan+Shay duet, ‘10,000 Hours,’ had been upgraded to 4x Platinum status. With the update, an additional million certified sales were added to Bieber’s total, not only pushing the sum to 100.5 million in the U.S. but also making him the first male vocalist in history to cross the 100 million threshold in digital sales. It’s worth nothing the RIAA only credits certifications to a work’s lead act and not features. This means Bieber’s top sellers like ‘Despacito’ remix (Luis Fonsi), ‘I’m the One’ (DJ Khaled) and others are not included in his career-wide tally.
Among all acts, only Drake, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Eminem, and Katy Perry have sold more (as of time reported).