Rihanna makes history after breaking 15 billion digital music record

Rihanna accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTX2NE9P

Rihanna accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson – RTX2NE9P


The RnB star is the first artist to break the Recording Industry’s 100 million certification mark.

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US pop star Rihanna has received an award from the industry’s Record Association for breaking an all-time digital sales record.

The Record Industry Association of America awarded the singer for breaking their tally of 100 million cumulative certifications.

Certifications are issued every time an artist’s track is downloaded or streamed 150 times.

Rihanna was the first to reach 110.5 million digital certifications, which means the Work star’s songs were downloaded or streamed 15 billion times.

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28:  Rihanna is seen backstage during FENTY x PUMA by Rihanna at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Fenty x Puma)

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 28: Rihanna is seen backstage during FENTY x PUMA by Rihanna at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Fenty x Puma)

Her record label, Universal Music Group, made the announcement on Twitter, congratulating her with a photo of the RIAA certification.

Nearly 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States is created, manufactured or distributed by RIAA labels.

These include Universal Music Records, Atlantic, Capitol, RCA, Warner Bros, Columbia, Motown and others.

The record makes Rihanna officially the most legally streamed or downloaded artist of all time.
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The Barbadian singer’s latest album Anti was a big commercial success, and was released free on Tidal in January.

Her album was accidentally leaked one day before its release date, and before Riri could break the news to the fans.

Adele and Beyonce are among several other artists awarded by the RIAA and whose records have been released exclusively online.

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