Rihanna keeps winning and even with the delay and weird rollout of her brand new album ANTI, the pop siren has more reasons to celebrate.
Along with ANTI topping the Billboard 200 this week, RiRi has become the first and only artist in RIAA Gold & Platinum history to be certified with 100 million song awards. She shared a photo of herself seated in front of her plaque and holding a second plaque for ANTI, which was certified platinum last week.
— RIAA (@RIAA) February 10, 2016
A grateful Rihanna celebrated the milestones by thanking her fans for their support. “Navy y’all did this,” she tweeted. “FIRST & ONLY @RIAA certified with 100M song awards & #ANTI is PLATINUM!! Thank you for the love!”
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 10, 2016
ANTI earned its platinum certification shortly after it was released on Jan. 27. In only 14 hours, it was downloaded more than 1 million times through a free offer made possible by RiRi’s Samsung partnership. While those downloads helped her earn this award, they were not counted by Nielsen.
Her Drake-assisted new single “Work” reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. And as mentioned, ANTI was at the top of the Billboard 200 with 166,000 units sold in its first full week of availability.
Next up, she will perform at the Grammys on Feb. 15 before heading to the U.K. for the BRIT Awards on Feb. 24. Two days later, she will embark on her “ANTI World Tour” in San Diego.