Rihanna may have briefly been dethroned by Taylor Swift as “Queen of Digital Music” (as we reported here), but since reclaiming the title the Bajan beauty has not only extended her reign among female acts but is now edging closer to surpassing the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) most certified digital act to date – Drake.
The wait for new music has Rihanna fans – affectionately called #TheNavy – clinging tight to her hits from years past. That attention on digital download and streaming outlets has led to a certification upgrade for many of her beloved titles, as revealed by the RIAA on Thursday (November 4). Look below to see her latest plaque updates.
Gold (sales equivalence of 500,000 in the United States)
- ‘Close to You’
- ‘S&M (Remix)’
- ‘Same Ol Mistakes’
- ‘Love the Way You Lie (Part II)’
- ‘James Joint’
1x Platinum (sales equivalence of 1 million in the United States)
- ‘Yeah I Said It’
3x Platinum (sales equivalence of 3 million in the United States)
- ‘B*tch Better Have My Money’
4x Platinum (sales equivalence of 4 million in the United States)
5x Platinum (sales equivalence of 5 million in the United States)
- ‘Take a Bow’
- ‘Don’t Stop the Music’
- ‘Love on the Brain’
7x Platinum (sales equivalence of 7 million in the United States)
With the updates, Rih’s cumulative single sales in the United States now equals 151.5 million – making her the first female act to surpass the 150 million digital singles sold mark. Note: the tally only includes the sales stats of songs that she’s credited as the main artist.
She remains the second best-selling performer in the history of digital music, runner-up only to Drake (whose career digital sales now sit at 163.5 million).