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Rihanna becomes first artist to top 100m digital downloads


RIHANNA HAS become the first artist to surpass more than 100 million cumulative digital downloads.

The news, announced by the Recording Industry Association of America yesterday (July 1), came just hours before the Bajan pop star released her full music video for track B***h Better Have My Money (BBHMM).

Rihanna, who released her debut single Pon De Replay in 2005 and has achieved thirteen No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since, made it to the top of the list thanks to her provocative new release.

In addition, she has won eight Grammy awards and has seven studio albums to her name. Her songs We Found Love and Stay and Only Girl (In The World) are among her top-selling singles.

The 27-year-old landed the top spot ahead of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, who are in the second and third places respectively.

Swift currently has 88 million certified units to her name, while Perry raked up 79.

And fresh from his Glastonbury headline slot, US rapper Kanye West came in fourth with 46.5 certified units.

Following the announcement, the singer took to Instagram to thank God “for fulfilling your plans in my life”.

“Thank you God for fulfilling Your plans in my life.... All the Glory belongs to You!!!!

“HistoRIH!!!! First and only!!! God is great!!!”

The recording industry's digital single certifications count download sales and on-demand streams in the United States.

Cary Sherman, the association's chairman and CEO, said in a statement: “[Rihanna] has not only surpassed RIAA's one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so.

“It's an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career.”

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