Kanye West has been making hit songs for over two decades. The Grammy-winning rapper got his start as a producer in the late 1990s, and eventually became an artist himself. Now, all those years later, he’s earned a coveted honor in the music industry: his first Diamond-certified song.
Kanye West has sold millions of records worldwide
Kanye West exploded onto the scene in 2004 with his debut album, college dropout. Since then, he has released nine other solo albums with other side projects such as his 2011 collab album with Jay-Z, watch the Throne. Some of his albums, such as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, has been cited as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
During those years, West has sold countless records around the world. To date, he has sold over 140 million records worldwide. And all of his albums have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with at least 500,000 copies sold.
West’s singles have done even better over the years. Their first single, 2003’s “Through the Wire”, was certified platinum, selling over one million copies. Since then, dozens of his singles have been certified platinum, if not multiple times, platinum. But over the years, none of his singles reached the elusive 10 million copies sales mark, which was labeled Diamond by the RIAA.
Kanye West’s ‘Stronger’ Is His First Diamond-Certified Song
In October 2021, West finally earned his first Diamond plaque. his 2007 single “Stronger” from their smash album graduate studies It received respect from the RIAA more than a decade after its release.
“Kanye West’s ‘Stronger’ Is Now @RIAA Certified Diamond!” His record label, Def Jam Recordings, tweeted. “Congratulations to Yeezy and the entire team.”
The song, which sampled the Daft Punk song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”, was instrumental in establishing West as the superstar rapper and producer he is today. After hit singles such as “Gold Digger” with Jamie Foxx and “All Falls Down”, “Stronger” showed that West was a force to be reckoned with.
Only 59 songs in history have achieved diamond status
Many lucky artists have been able to count the Platinum plaque among their achievements in their careers. But the diamond plaque is very hard to achieve; In fact, fewer than 60 songs have ever earned top honors in history.
“Something About the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind” by Elton John was the first song to be certified Diamond, which he performed in 1997. It received the award two years before the RIAA established official diamond certification. . It would be another decade before another song accomplished the feat: Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”
Most of the diamond certifications given by the RIAA date back to 2010. More population means more consumption, so with more people listening to music than ever before, the decade was full of Diamond certifications. Some of these songs include “Not Afraid” by Eminem, “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, “God’s Plan” by Drake, and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. The fastest song to reach the Diamond milestone was Lil Nas X’s smash debut single, “Old Town Road”.
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