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HistoRIH: Rihanna becomes first artist to go RIAA platinum and receive 100m song award

HISTORIH: RIAA CEO, Cary Sherman and Rihanna

HISTORIH: RIAA CEO, Cary Sherman and Rihanna

RIHANNA has become the first artist in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to go platinum and be certified with the 100 million song award.

The Barbados-born pop star released ANTI, her latest album on January 27, which earned its platinum certification shortly after it went on sale.

In only 14 hours, it was downloaded more than one million times through a free offer made possible by Rihanna’s Samsung partnership. While those downloads helped her earn this award, they were not counted by Nielsen.

The album was heralded by single Work, which features Canadian rapper, Drake.

RIAA, a trade organisation that represents the recording industry in the United States, tweeted: “Not 1 but 2 @Rihanna milestones: 1st artist in Gold & Platinum history to earn 100M song awards & #ANTI is #Platinum”

After the news was announced, the 27-year-old tweeted her appreciation to her fans: “Navy y’all did this i$h!!! FIRST & ONLY @RIAA certified with 100M song awards & #ANTI is PLATINUM!! Thank you for the love!”

Rihanna will perform at the Grammys on February 15 before heading to the UK for the BRIT Awards on February 24. Two days later, she will embark on her ANTI World Tour in San Diego.

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