From Digital Spy:
Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ has overthrown Elton John’s double A-side ‘Candle in the Wind’/’Something About the Way You Look Tonight’ to become the highest-certified single in history.
This is due to a recent change to the singles chart to incorporate on-demand streaming numbers.
Bieber’s ‘Baby’ featuring Ludacris is now the highest-certified single in history. The track has sold 3.9 million copies in America and been viewed over 858 million times on Vevo and is now 12-times platinum.
Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’/’Something About the Way You Look Tonight’ has sold over 33 million copies worldwide but has no streaming data so its ranking remains 11-times platinum.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will only count a song’s official video and has decided that 100 on-demand streams equal one download for the purposes of certifications.
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