RIAA celebrates Eminem as the only artist to earn two Digital Diamond Awards

Eminem has become the only artist in RIAA Gold & Platinum history to earn two Digital Diamond Awards, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced.


The rapper has four total Diamond Awards: two Digital Diamonds for songs “Not Afraid” (Shady, Aftermath/Interscope 2010) and “Love The Way You Lie” (Aftermath/Interscope, 2011) featuring Rihanna, and two more Diamonds for albums The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath/Interscope, 2000) and The Eminem Show (Aftermath/Interscope, 2002).

The RIAA has awarded some 120 total Diamond Awards in the past 15 years, and Eminem has earned the fourth most Diamonds of any artist. (Garth Brooks and Led Zeppelin have earned six, The Beatles have five and Eminem has four).

The RIAA has awarded ten Diamond rap titles and four of those Diamond rap titles are Eminem’s, the other six are: 2 Pac’s All Eyez On Me (1996) and Greatest Hits (1998), Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990), Notorious B.I.G.’s (Biggy’s) Life After Death (1997), Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill (1986) and Outkast’s SpeakerBoxx/The Love Below (2003).

Eminem’s career RIAA album awards represent more than 37 million sold, across nine album releases, in the United States, while his digital single certifications surpass the 31 million threshold, counting downloads and streams and spanning 10 separate songs.

Officially launched in 1958, the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program expanded in 1999 to include a Diamond Award honoring U.S. sales of ten million or more copies of an album or single. The RIAA established its Digital Single Award in 2004, and in 2013 RIAA added music streams to its Digital Single Award to better reflect artists’ commercial success in a transformative music marketplace.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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