Top 10 artist who received diamond status for their songs
Having a diamond status is considered a huge honour in the music industry
It has always been considered a magical thing to have a diamond, just ask a few of these international music stars. Not only do they get to wear some of the world’s most glamorous diamonds, but they also have the opportunity to bump up their hit singles to diamond status. But what exactly does it mean to receive this diamond certification? Each time an artist reaches 10 times platinum status they’re entitled to a diamond certification. This means that their hit song managed to sell more than 10 million units. Here’s a list of the top 10 modern artists, who received diamond status recognition for their songs:
UPTOWN FUNK FT. BRUNO MARS BY MARK RONSON
The catchy song managed to sell more than 10 million in the US alone
If there’s one song that can get everyone to dance, it is Uptown Funk from Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. The infectious song managed to get diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) this year. In addition, the hit song has become the 13th song in history to sell more than 10 million copies in the US alone.
POKER FACE & BAD ROMANCE BY LADY GAGA
Lady Gaga managed to land two diamond certifications for her hit songs
This is not the first time pop icon, Lady Gaga has received a diamond-certified digital single. Before receiving a diamond certification for her hit single, Poker Face, Lady Gaga entered the diamond territory again with her well-known song, Bad Romance. Poker Face might have been her first single ever, but Bad Romance introduced her to diamond territory. The popular song reached diamond status in May 2013 and has been certified 11x platinum since then. Poker Face on the other hand received diamond status soon after in 2015.
CRUISE BY FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
The remix of the song was streamed more than 155 million times
Florida Georgia Line’s smashing hit, Cruise is the first country song to ever receive a diamond certification from the RIAA. The song has managed to match the success of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie. The band’s record company revealed that even a very popular remix of the song featuring Nelly. Nielsen Music was streamed more than 155 million times.
THRIFT SHOP BY MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
The song was released in 2012 and managed to sell more than 10 million units
It’s no surprise why Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s song Thrift Shop managed to land a diamond certification, the song is simply just too catchy. The song was released in 2012 and managed to sell more than 10 million units. Even the music video on YouTube has more than a billion views, making it one of the most popular songs of all time.
DARK HORSE & FIREWORK BY KATY PERRY
Katy Perry doesn’t have one, but two singles that managed to get diamond certification
Katy Perry doesn’t have one, but two singles that managed to bump their way up to diamond certification. The RIAA has labelled the pop artist as one of their most awarded digital artists in the history of Gold & Platinum awards after her songs, Dark Horse ft. Juicy J and Firework. She’s also one of the very first female artists to ever receive such a status from the RIAA.
NOT AFRAID & LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE BY EMINEM
Eminem received two RIAA diamond certifications for his streams and marketing sales
Eminem was one of the very first artists to receive two RIAA diamond certifications for his streams and marketing sales that were above 10 million. The diamond statuses went to his lead single from his seventh album, Not Afraid, as well as the 11x multi-platinum single, Love the Way You Lie featuring Rihanna. Love the Way You Lie sold more than 4.5 million copies in the US alone and 10 million worldwide.
BABY BY JUSTIN BIEBER
The hit single was named the highest-certified diamond single
Justin Bieber once again landed in the history books for one of his most popular songs, Baby. The hit single was named the highest-certified diamond single that was sold in the US and reached platinum status more than 12 times in the country. Baby also managed to have more 876 million views on VEVO, showing that people simply can’t enough of the song.
CANDLE IN THE WIND BY ELTON JOHN
Candle in the Wind is one of Elton’s very first songs to receive a diamond certification
Elton John’s most memorable song, Candle in the Wind took everyone’s breath away after he sang the song in memory of Princess Diana. The tribute has not only become a song we all love, but it’s also one of Elton’s very first songs to receive a diamond certification.
CALL ME MAYBE BY CARLY RAE JEPSEN
Call Me Maybe managed to sell more than 7.6 million digital copies
Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit single, Call Me Maybe is probably one of the most popular earworm songs of all times. The smash hit has landed the Canadian singer a certified diamond by the RIAA after she managed to sell and stream more than 10 million units. The song, Call Me Maybe also managed to sell more than 7.6 million digital copies and landed her a Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance.
RADIOACTIVE BY IMAGINE DRAGONS
The RIAA awarded the hit-song, Radioactive with a diamond certification after it reached 10x platinum status
The extremely catchy track from Imagine Dragons has managed to make history by becoming one of the longest-running songs on the Billboard charts; the song was on the charts for a whopping 87 weeks. The RIAA awarded the hit-song, Radioactive with a diamond certification after it reached 10x platinum status. The band also managed to land a Grammy and sold more than 7.7 million tracks on all major digital platforms.
A diamond is one of a kind, it’s precious and on top of it all it’s extremely beautiful. Therefore, it’s no surprise why some of these popular songs receive a diamond certification. Not only is it one of the highest awards an artist can receive, but it’s one of the most honourable. One thing is for sure, we can’t get enough of the top 10 artists who all received a diamond status for their hit songs.