Katy Perry has made history. The singer’s label announced (and the RIAA confirmed) on Thursday (June 22) that Perry’s “Roar” has earned a Diamond Song Award from the Recording Industry Association of America, meaning the track has passed the 10-million threshold of equivalent song units moved in the U.S.
That certification comes on top of previous Diamond song certifications for her earlier hits “Dark Horse” and “Firework,” which, according to Perry’s label, Capitol Music Group, makes her the first artist in history to earn three Diamond Song awards.
“Once again, Katy Perry has made history. We are thrilled to recognize Katy as the first artist to earn three Diamond Song Awards. Katy has a singular track record of notable Gold & Platinum achievements, and this triple Diamond milestone is now forever etched in our program’s history. Only 14 songs have earned Diamond status to date, and Katy owns three of them — what a remarkable achievement and testament to a groundbreaking artist.”
– RIAA Chairman/CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement announcing the landmark.
Katy Perry ‘s feat puts her in rarified air, floating above Eminem and Lady Gaga, the only other artists to lodge two Diamond Song awards, for, respectively, “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” and “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance.”