While Tekashi 6ix9ine was screaming he was the top Hip-Hop artist in the world to whomever would listen, Drake was silently holding down the throne. The results of his alleged re-signing an exclusive music deal with Apple has once again paid off. The rap titan's producer for single "God's Plan," revealed yesterday the RIAA certified it Diamond, 10-million equivalent copies sold.
"Praises to the most high. God is good. Man my first diamond record ever. Can’t even explain the feeling. Thank you @champagnepapi mane ! 💎" wrote the over-excited, Grammy winning producer on instagram, November 26th.
Indeed a great accomplishment, it takes Drizzy to the top of the single sales charts for Hip-Hop music in 2018. Even more impressive, as the song picks up a new buzz from the announcement and it still has until December 31st to set the bar for single sales in rap this year.
Actual copies sold of the record top just over 1-million in the United States. The rest of the RIAA certification comes from 'equivalent sales' which factor in streaming and YouTube views that account for the other 8-million plus sales.
Internationally however, Drake's been Diamond. According to Wikipedia, he's just over 640K actual sales in Canada. The United Kingdom was his strong-hold with over 1.2-million copies sold. Around the world, there's another 1.5-million actual copies sold, totalling an impressive sum of downloads and purchases of the single without streams.
Drake still holds the throne here at the 2018 Hip-Hop era's end. It appears positive energy does work because all the good deeds Drake did for the video have re-paid him this 1,000 times over.
The music video has nearly 885-million plays as of today, November 27th, 2018. 1500 streams or plays count as 1 song sold. This means the video accounts for about 590K 'equivalent song sales.'