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Rihanna hits 100 million digital sales, per RIAA

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As the world awaits its chance to buy tons of copies of R8, Rihanna is creating suspense with her imminent “Bitch Better Have My Money” video. She’s also casually breaking records.

The RIAA announced Wednesday that Rih is the first artist ever to hit 100 million digital sales. She holds a healthy margin over second-place Taylor Swift (88 million) and third-place Katy Perry (79 million). Kanye West, who is in fourth place, sits at 46.5 million.

“Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman in a release. “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!,” Sherman continued. “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.”

The singer posted to celebratory Instagrams after the announcement.

histoRIH!!!! First and only!!! God is great!!! #RIAA #digitalQueen #RIHmilli

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histoRIH!!!! First and only!!! God is great!!! #RIAA #digitalQueen #RIHmilli

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Considering Rihanna’s only 27 years old, this record stands to be hers for a long while.


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