RIAA: Jhené Aiko Joins Exclusive Club of Black Female Hitmakers Who Have 20+ Gold Singles

Published: Saturday 28th Jan 2023 by Rashad

At writing, only 81 acts in the history of recorded music can boast having earned 20 or more Gold records over their careers. The  certification threshold denotes sales equivalence of 500,000 in the United States.

And while some assume the feat is easy to accomplish given the inclusion of streaming in the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) certification tabulations, it’s still one that’s eluded Black female performers as they represent less than 10% of aforementioned tally of hitmakers.

This week, thanks to the ongoing success of Jhené Aiko‘s 2020 tune ‘A&B,’ the score increased for the ladies.


Taking to press Monday (January 23), the RIAA announced ‘Above & Beyond’ (also known as ‘A&B’) crossed its qualification line for Gold certification.

The tune, found aboard the deluxe edition of Aiko’s chart-topping third studio album ‘Chilombo,’ marks the 20th time of her career she’s seen a single reach such status.

In doing so, the GRAMMY nominee not only marks a career milestone but also joins an exclusive club of Black female hitmakers who can say they’ve accumulated at least 20 Gold-certified singles in the U.S.  As of time reported the list includes Nicki Minaj (21), Janet Jackson (22), Doja Cat (23), Whitney Houston (23), Halsey (28), Mariah Carey (34), Rihanna (55), and Beyonce (61).

Undoubtedly, the ongoing success of Jhené’s previous cuts serves as indication her loyal fans are ready for new music.  However, if the recent announcement of ‘Sleep Soul’ (a 20-track album of R&B-flavored lullabies for babies) is any sign, Aiko lovers still have a while to wait any news about official music drops.


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  1. LiohaK January 28, 2023

    Wow! Can’t name any of her singles lol.
    It’s so strange seeing her among true legends/icons.

  2. tiara dunkin January 28, 2023

    Can’t name a song or recite a lyric other than that Virgina troll song

  3. Haters everywhere January 28, 2023


  4. dee January 28, 2023

    huh! I can’t name one song.

  5. Freshlyafrica January 28, 2023

    One day, amapiano will be in that mix

  6. Dc January 28, 2023

    Slaying SZA

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 January 28, 2023

      And Hep B 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

    • Empire January 28, 2023

      Jhene has NEVER topped any chart. She doesn’t even have a top 20 single. No #1 albums, and certainly not one that topped the charts for 2 months. Her sleepy lullaby music couldn’t compare to SZA’s trick. Where Cardi album at since you talking so much s***??

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 January 28, 2023

        “It’s coming,” will it’s reply.

        It’s BEEN coming for HALF A DECADE 💀

      • Jhene fan January 28, 2023

        Jhene “sleepy lullaby music” was nominated for AOTY at the Grammys lol. At the end of the day all those numbers don’t mean s***. Jhene been consistent. 12 years since her debut single and she’s still able to maintain relevance, sell records and get awards. Chilombo was the highest selling female R&B album of 2020. So why u mad at a black woman doing great huh?

  7. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) January 28, 2023

    Flop 💅🏾

  8. True Tea January 28, 2023

    Her FANBASE do not f*ck around.

    She has ZERO Top 10’s on the Hip-Hop/R&B Charts.

    Her music isn’t big in any market.

  9. Ivan January 29, 2023

    SHE is a hitmaker? LOL really? No titles come to mind. I just know she likes to sing about her pu**y.

  10. Timothy Pernell January 30, 2023

    I noticed this article was written on January 23rd. Whitney actually has 27.

    Here are the singles that went gold:
    You Give Good Love
    Saving All My Love for You
    How Will I Know
    Greatest Love of All
    I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
    Didn’t We Almost Have It All
    So Emotional
    Where Do Broken Hearts Go
    One Moment in Time
    I’m Your Baby Tonight
    All the Man That I Need
    Star Spangled Banner
    I Will Always Love You
    I’m Every Woman
    I Have Nothing
    Run to You
    Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
    Count on Me
    I Believe in You and Me
    Step by Step
    When You Believe
    Heartbreak Hotel
    It’s Not Right But It’s Okay
    My Love Is Your Love
    I Look to You
    Higher Love
    Do You Hear What I Hear

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