The Recording Industry Association of America (short: RIAA) certified Rihanna’s “Stay“ with 9x Platinum. The second single off of Rihanna’s 2012 studio album “Unapologetic“ becomes her second to reach this mark. The 2011 released single “We Found Love“ reached the milestone in 2015 already.
Rihanna’s “Stay“ certified 9x Platinum
According to RIAA, the new certification announced Jan 15 makes “Stay“ her second most successful lead single in the United States. The ballad written by Mikky Ekko reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 15 million units worldwide. “Stay“ is also her 8th most viewed music video on YouTube.
Only “Love The Way You Lie“ with Eminem received even more Platinum certifications (last updated in 2018).
|#||Song||Certification||Year of Release|
|1||Love The Way You Lie||12x Platinum||2010|
|2||We Found Love||9x Platinum||2011|
|4||This Is What You Came For||6x Platinum||2016|
|6||The Monster||6x Platinum||2013|
|8||What’s My Name||6x Platinum||2010|
|9||Only Girl (In The World)||6x Platinum||2010|
How do singles get RIAA certified?
In 2015, the RIAA announced that Rihanna was the first artist to cross 100 million song certifications and became RIAA’s top awarded singles artist. However, Drake (163.5 million) and even Taylor Swift (134 million) passed her as solo artists by now. Rihanna currently has 131 million singles certification units and more than 211 million in total.
|Artist||Singles Certifications||Including Features and Album Certifications|
|Drake||163.5 million||250 million|
|Rihanna||131 million||211.5 million|
|Taylor Swift||134 million||175 million|
According to RIAA, record labels need to prove that titles redeemed a specific amount of product sales/on-demand streams. Thus, her RIAA certifications only get updated once her label reports new numbers. Hence why “Umbrella“ wasn’t updated since 2015 and “Work“ was last updated four years ago. One million units make up a Platinum certification that also includes audio and video streams. Since January 2, 2016, 150 streams count as one certification unit.