Most artists are thrilled to see an album or single go platinum, as it means they have produced something that has reached a large audience and really resonated with them. More acts than ever are now enjoying witnessing their most popular tracks rack up more than one platinum certification, meaning they move several million copies in the U.S. alone. A very lucky few have collected a diamond plaque…and now one of the most successful musicians on the planet has made history and joined two others in managing perhaps the most impressive feat ever when it comes to certifications.
Ed Sheeran’s single “Perfect” was just certified diamond a few days ago by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), which means it has now shifted 10 million units in the United States between pure sales and equivalent copies compiled from streams. Every artist is thrilled to receive the good news that they are now one of only a handful of names who have collected this rare honor just once, but it’s something the British singer-songwriter has garnered before.
Sheeran is now just the third musician in U.S. history to earn not one, not two, but three diamond singles. He joins Eminem and Katy Perry in this distinction.
The guitar player first earned a diamond single in 2017 when his smash “Thinking Out Loud” went from nine-times platinum to 10. Earlier in 2019, his chart-topper “Shape of You” joined this relatively small club, and now “Perfect” has as well, giving him a trio of giants.
Katy Perry was the first musician to land three diamond winners in 2017 when “Road” became her third track to be awarded the distinction. Before then, her previous No. 1 hits “Dark Horse” and “Firework” had both been named diamond cuts in 2015.
Eminem collected his first diamond plaque before Sheeran or Perry, but he was the second to rack up three. His global hit “Love the Way You Lie” with Rihanna moved 10 million copies by 2013, and the following year, his solo effort “Not Afraid” became his second to reach that milestone. Last year, his Oscar-winning single “Lose Yourself” gave him a third.
“Perfect” is the thirty-fourth song to be certified diamond in the U.S., and while it’s likely the last of 2019, there are sure to be plenty more in 2020. Thanks to huge stream counts, more and more tunes are being designated diamond singles by the RIAA, and many releases are reaching the marker faster than ever before.