Sam Smith, Kim Petras ‘Unholy’ certified Platinum

Track lands at No. 1 on Mediabase Top 40 Airplay chart

Sam Smith’s new single, “Unholy” featuring Kim Petras, has quickly attained Platinum certification in a year when only 14 singles have achieved RIAA Platinum status. The news comes as “Unholy” ascends to the No. 1 position on the Mediabase Top 40 Airplay chart. Released by Capitol Records on September 22nd, the track, which is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, is the first and only pop collaboration of 2022 to be certified Platinum and the third collaboration across all genres to reach this milestone.

“Unholy” topped the Billboard Hot 100 and spent four weeks at No. 1 on the UK Official Singles Chart. It is certified Silver in the UK. The song, which is from Smith’s fourth studio album, Gloria, spent 29 consecutive days at No. 1 on the Global Spotify chart and also topped the Apple and Shazam worldwide tallies. Combined global streams of “Unholy” are approaching one billion.

Smith produced “Unholy” in Jamaica alongside Ilya (Max Martin, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez), Blake Slatkin (Lizzo, 24K Golden), Cirkut (Nikki Minaj, The Weeknd), Omer Fendi (Lil Nas X, The Kid Laroi) and long-time collaborator Jimmy Napes. Smith’s new album, Gloria, will be released on January 27, 2023.

Smith has racked up over 35 million adjusted album sales, 250 million single sales and 45 billion career streams across their catalog, which includes the critically acclaimed studio albums In the Lonely Hour, The Thrill of It All and Love Goes. A 4x Grammy winner, Smith also holds two Guinness World Records – for the most consecutive weeks in the UK Top 10 Album Chart and for having the first James Bond Theme to reach No.1 on the UK charts with the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning “Writing’s on the Wall.”

Buddy Iahn
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