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SZA Joins Beyonce, Rihanna, & Mariah Carey on Exclusive List of Black Female Hitmakers with 20+ Platinum Songs

Written by on February 28, 2024

Only 41 acts in the history of recorded music can boast the honor of having earned 20 or more Platinum-certified records from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) over their careers.

For context, “Platinum” refers to sales equivalence of 1 million units in the United States.

An exclusive list undoubtedly boosted by the inclusion of streaming in the certification criteria, it’s still one that’s eluded Black female performers on mass as they represent less than 10% of the hitmakers in the exclusive club.

Recently, R&B diva SZA – thanks to the ongoing success of hits found aboard her long-awaited sophomore album ‘SOS‘ – helped the score increase for women of color.

This week , the RIAA took to press recently to announce SZA (born Solana Rowe) had been awarded a slew of new shiny plaques including three new Platinum certifications for the tunes ‘Seek & Destroy,’ ‘Ghost in the Machine,’ and ‘Open Arms.’ 

In addition to helping to push her cumulative digital single sales to 62 million in the U.S., the songs also hoisted her total Platinum plaque count to 23.

By doing so, the GRAMMY winner joins an exclusive club of Black female hitmakers who can say they’ve accumulated over 20 Platinum-certified singles in the U.S.  As of time reported the list only features Mariah Carey (25), Rihanna (44), and Beyonce (40).

When all women are considered, the tally expands to include Billie Eilish (21), Britney Spears (23), Katy Perry (24), Carrie Underwood (25), Ariana Grande (28), and Taylor Swift (49).

The news comes as one of many recent wins for Rowe who also watched the ‘SOS’ hit ‘Snooze‘ make history for its extended stay inside the Hot 100.

Congrats SZA!

SOURCE: THATGRAPEJUICE.NET

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