Beiber’s #1 hit, ‘Peaches’ had initially crossed RIAA’s threshold for Platinum status. Not even a week later, another hit from the parent album, ‘Justice’ – ‘Hold On’ – was awarded a Gold plaque,.
Those joint wins pushed Justin’s cumulative career total of certified U.S. sales to 99.5 million.
This week, the RIAA announced the singer’s 2019 Country chart-topping Dan+Shay duet, ‘10,000 Hours,’ had been upgraded to 4x Platinum status. With the update, Bieber’s total amounted to 100.5 million also making him the first male vocalist in history to cross the 100 million threshold in digital sales.
Among all acts, only Drake, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Eminem, and Katy Perry have sold more (as of time reported).
It’s worth nothing the RIAA only credits certifications to a work’s lead act and not features. This means Bieber’s top sellers like ‘Despacito’ remix (Luis Fonsi), ‘I’m the One’ (DJ Khaled) and others are not included in his career-wide tally.