Eminem Becomes RIAA's Second Highest-Selling Singles Artist Of All time
A recent string of certifications takes Slim Shady over the 100 million mark.
Eminem is now the Recording Industry Association of America, the second highest-selling singles artist of all time, thanks to a recent series of digital single certifications issued by the organization.
Eminem — that is, the closure of the 20-year anniversary of its 1999 major label debut, has been moved to 107.5 million certified units (from sales and sales equivalent units of the streams), beating heavy-weights of pop Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, who now occupy the third and fourth points respectively.
Rihanna is the highest-selling artist in the history of the RIAA, with a total of 121 million certified units sold to date.
The RIAA issued Eminem with more than 40 new digital single certifications on Wednesday (28 February), including fresh nods to two of their highest RIAA-selling songs: "Love the Way you Lie", which went 12x platinum, and "lose Yourself", which was 10 times platinum (also known as a diamond certificate).
Em recent additions mean that he is, by far, the RIAA's best-selling rapper of all time, with Drake (55 million), Kanye West ($51.5 million) and Lil Wayne (32 million), far behind.
Despite his success with the singles, he still has a long way to go to be #1 in the album sales category. Its 44 million units way back from The Beatles, who have the first place with 178 million certified units. He's still the top rapper on the list, but still behind the likes of Kenny G (48 million), Elton John (78 million) and Elvis Presley (136 million).
After the news of Eminem's most recent sales achievements began to circulate online, the long-time friend 50 cent took to Instagram to congratulate the Detroit rap God.
107.5 million albums sold, 🤦♂️by itself 😆 only Elvis Presley beating EMINEM. #POWER
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