Rihanna celebrates most diamond-certified hits in history

Rihanna celebrates most diamond-certified hits in history
Published 3 weeks ago on Jun 01, 2024

Rihanna Reigns Supreme: Crowned Queen of Diamond-Certified Hits.

Rihanna Reigns Supreme: Crowned Queen of Diamond-Certified Hits

[City, State] - [Date] - Barbadian singer Rihanna continues to rewrite music history, this time claiming the coveted title of the top solo female artist with the most diamond-certified hits. The 36-year-old megastar took to social media to celebrate the achievement, humbly acknowledging her reign with the caption, "Ain't no back [and] forth."

Breaking Records and Building a Legacy

This latest accomplishment adds another glittering chapter to Rihanna's already illustrious career. Previously tied with several other artists for having three diamond-certified hits, Rihanna has now surged ahead with a record-breaking total of seven.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) officially confirmed the certifications. Among the newly anointed diamond hits are "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), a 2007 smash, and "Work" (featuring Drake) from 2016. "Needed Me" (from her 2016 album Anti) and "Stay" (featuring Mikky Ekko) from her 2012 album Unapologetic have also joined the diamond club.

This recognition comes hot on the heels of "Diamonds" itself achieving diamond status in April, adding another layer of brilliance to the song's title. Rihanna's diamond collection also includes collaborations: "Love the Way You Lie" with Eminem (certified diamond in 2013) and "We Found Love" with Calvin Harris (certified diamond in 2023).

A Celebration of Success

To commemorate this landmark achievement, Rihanna shared a graphic on social media declaring her the "Most Diamond Singles for a Female Artist" and "Most Diamond Certified Titles for a Female Artist." Her record label, Roc Nation, founded by Jay-Z, joined the chorus of congratulations, acknowledging Rihanna's historic feat with seven diamond plaques.

Fans Chime In: Music and Motherhood

Rihanna's loyal fanbase erupted in celebration, but with a hint of playful impatience. Many expressed their excitement for her achievement while playfully reminding her that they're eagerly awaiting "R9," her next studio album. The wait has stretched to eight years, four months, and one day (or 100 months total) since the release of Anti in 2016.

Beyond the Stage: A Flourishing Multi-Hyphenate

While Rihanna hasn't officially announced retirement from music, her focus has shifted in recent years. She has built a thriving empire beyond the stage, with her highly successful ventures including Fenty Beauty (makeup), Fenty Skin (skincare), and Savage X Fenty (lingerie).

Most significantly, Rihanna embraced motherhood. She welcomed two sons, RZA and Riot, with rapper A$AP Rocky in May 2022 and August 2023, respectively.

Sporadic Performances Keep the Flame Alive

Despite the hiatus from full-length albums, Rihanna hasn't completely abandoned the stage. She returned to the spotlight for select, high-profile performances. In 2023, she delivered a captivating halftime show at Super Bowl LVII, during which she revealed her second pregnancy. Additionally, she graced the stage for her first full concert in eight years at a private pre-wedding celebration for Indian billionaire heir Anant Ambani. Reports suggest she received a hefty sum of $6 to $9 million for that exclusive performance.

The Future of R9: Balancing Creativity and Perfectionism

Just a few weeks ago, Rihanna hinted at the creative process behind R9 in an Interview Magazine feature. She revealed she has "a lot of visual ideas" for the album but hasn't yet laid down any tracks.

In a 2023 British Vogue cover story, Rihanna discussed the pressure she feels to follow up the critically acclaimed Anti, which garnered six Grammy nominations. She acknowledged her perfectionist tendencies, stating, "There's this pressure that I put on myself...that if it's not better than that then it is not even worth it." However, she also expressed a determination to move forward, acknowledging, "I realized that if I keep waiting...maybe it'll never come out and no, I'm not down for that."

While a full-fledged R9 may still be on the horizon, Rihanna hasn't entirely abandoned the studio. In 2022, she released "Lift Me Up," her first solo single in six years, and contributed "Born Again" to the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.

Rihanna's reign as the queen of diamond-certified hits is a testament to her enduring talent and captivating artistry. As fans eagerly await R9, they can celebrate her record-breaking achievement and her ever-expanding influence in the world of music and beyond.


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