Katy Perry Named Biggest Digital Act, “A Force to be Reckoned With”

Katy Perry [RIAA]

The Recording Industry Association of America announced Thursday that Katy Perry has been recognized as the most awarded digital act in the history of its Gold & Platinum awards program.

According to the release, Perry has received a gold or platinum certification for a whopping eighteen singles. To date, her singles have produced 72 million cumulative Digital Certifications, which include paid downloads and on-demand streams.

No other artist is within 20 million of that count.

As of today, “Firework,” Perry’s most successful release, has gone 9x platinum. “California Gurls” and “ET” are both 7x platinum, while “Dark Horse,” “Hot N Cold” and “Teenage Dream” are all 6x platinum.

Collectively, Perry has gone gold with at least 18 singles and platinum with at least 16. Her songs have also received 56 different multi-platinum awards.

“Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with in music,” said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. “We are honored to recognize Katy as the most successful digital artist in Gold & Platinum Program history. She embodies all that makes a true global superstar: the musical talent, the extraordinary drive and genuine charisma, and an intrinsic connection with her fans. This award is a reflection of her deep commitment to those qualities and to her music, which has propelled her to this historic milestone. We congratulate Katy and her team on all her success.”

Written by Brian Cantor

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