Rihanna has become the first artist in history to achieve 100 million digital sales, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) declared on Wednesday.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Rihanna is ahead of Taylor Swift, who has achieved 88 million sales; Katty Perry, with 79 million; and Kayne West, with 46.5 million.
In a release, RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said, “Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace. We’ve given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached.
“Congratulations to Rihanna! She has not only surpassed RIAA’s one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so. It’s an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career.”
According to Billboard, Rihanna’s sales comprise of 37 separate titles she has released during her career. These include a 9X multi-platinum award for “We Found Love,” 6X multi-platinum for “Stay,” “What’s My Name” and” Only Girl (In the World)” and a 2X multi-platinum for “FourFiveSeconds.”
It also includes Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” (BBHMM), whose minute-long clip was released at the 2015 BET Awards on June 28, as reported by Hollywood Life. The song ranks No. 1 on the U.S. Top Twitter Tracks and U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs charts.
Rihanna has been the recipient of eight Grammy awards. Her top-selling singles include “We Found Love,” “Stay” and “Only Girl (In the World).”
The Barbadian singer sold 7.5 million albums in the United States. Her album, “Good Girl Gone Bad” (2007), along with five more albums, have reached Platinum statuses.
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