Rihanna’s most certified singles in the United States

Rihanna's most RIAA certified singles in the United States (as of January 15 2021)

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).

#SongCertificationYear of Release
1Love The Way You Lie12x Platinum2010
2We Found Love9x Platinum2011
3Stay9x Platinum2012
4This Is What You Came For6x Platinum2016
5Work6x Platinum2016
6The Monster6x Platinum2013
7Diamonds6x Platinum2012
8What’s My Name6x Platinum2010
9Only Girl (In The World)6x Platinum2010
10Disturbia6x Platinum2008
11Umbrella6x Platinum2007
Data via FentyStats.

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.

ArtistSingles CertificationsIncluding Features and Album Certifications
Drake163.5 million250 million
Rihanna131 million211.5 million
Taylor Swift134 million175 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.