Canada Has Conquered the U.S. in the Digital Singles Department

The United States’ equivalent of Music Canada, awarding gold/platinum certifications on records, is the RIAA, inappropriately named as it stands for the Recording Industry Association in America. (It is an association for only the United States, not all of America, North and South). A recent event calls for celebrations, as a Canadian recording artist was awarded with authoring the best-selling digital single of all-time in the nation of stars and stripes. “Baby”, the 2010 smash hit by Stratford, Ontario’s Justin Bieber has been declared 12x platinum (or 1.2x diamond) by the RIAA making it champion of the digital single sales department.  Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2011 hit “Call Me Maybe” is at 9x platinum there placing it in 4th place. The all-time best-selling standard single (vinyl/cassette/CD format) in the United States, as it is in Canada, is Elton John’s “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”, a tribute to Lady Di (ironic given that the U.S. is a republic). Contrary to popular belief, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is not the top certified album of all-time in the United States. The title belongs to Dreaming of You by Selena at 35x Platinum, or triple-diamond. Baby” has not been certified by Music Canada.

RIAA Best-Selling Digital Singles