Pop superstar Rihanna has been crowned the most successful digital singles artist of all time. The Diamonds star managed the impressive feat after accumulating more than 100 million gold and platinum song certifications.
The 27-year-old, who burst unto the music scene in 2005 with her dancehall-inspired track Pon De Replay, is the first musician to surpass the 100 million downloaded and streamed singles milestone.
Not too far behind is Bad Blood hitmaker Taylor Swift with 88 million, while fellow pop singer Katy Perry is in third place with 79 million. Kanye West and Lady Gaga round off the top five with 46.5 million and 39.5 million respectively.
"Gold & Platinum is the industry's premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace. We've given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it's rare that we have the opportunity to recognise a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached," said Recording Industry Association of America CEO Cary Sherman.
"She has not only surpassed RIAA's 100 million mark, but also is the first artist to do so. It's an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career."
Chris Brown's ex celebrated her achievement by sharing a print screen of the announcement on Instagram along with the caption: "Thank you God for fulfilling Your plans in my life.... All the Glory belongs to You!!!!" The posted received over 324K likes.
Meanwhile, RiRi has released the seven-minute visuals for her latest single Bitch Better Have My Money. In the new promo, directed by Rihanna and French collective Megaforce, the star goes on a sexual, violent rampage to get money she is owed by a dodgy accountant.
She is currently working on her eighth studio album, which also features Four Five Seconds with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.