Carly Rae Jepsen may now have to alter her lyrics to “Pennies and diamonds for a kiss, I wasn’t looking for this…” Carly has become the ninth recording artist, third female, second Canadian, and only British Columbian to score a diamond single in the United States. The song is 2011’s “Call Me Maybe” (released internationally in 2012). The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced October 5, 2016, that the single is only the 12th in history to accumulate a combined sales and streaming tally of 10 million units in the U.S. The full list of diamond singles certified by the RIAA is as follows.
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Elton John, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/ ”Something About…”
Eminem, “Love the Way You Lie”
Eminem, “Not Afraid”
Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Justin Bieber, “Baby”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
Lady Gaga‚ ”Poker Face”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ”Thrift Shop”
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” sits at 8x platinum in Canada, though this is based solely on digital download sales of over 640,000. Music Canada began including streaming data in its gold/platinum certification program last month.