Rihanna is #2 on the list ‘Most Million-Selling Downloaded Songs in The Digital Era’


Ask Billboard: Who Has the Most Million-Selling Downloads?

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WHO HAS THE MOST MILLION-SELLING DOWNLOADS?

Hi Gary,

I read in the last “Ask Billboard” that Katy Perry has the most 4 million-selling digital songs (five) but I have no idea who has the most 1 million-selling downloads. I’m sure that Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga have quite a few.

Could you please post a list of the top 10 artists with the most million-selling downloaded songs?

Thanks very much,

Theodore Richert
Seattle, Washington

Hi Theodore,

You’re correct about Swift and Gaga having notched multiple million-selling downloads.

But, who leads the list for the most such tracks?

After combing through Nielsen SoundScan’s archives, here is a look at the artists (including lead and featured billings) who have tallied the most million-selling downloaded songs in the digital era:

Total million-selling downloads, artist, top-seller (in millions)

24, Lil Wayne, “Lollipop” (4.3)
19, Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie” (5.1)
17, Eminem, “Love the Way You Lie” (5.1)
15, T-Pain, “Low” (6)
14, Taylor Swift, “Love Story” (5.1)
12, the Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling” (7.5, the all-time best-selling download)
10, Britney Spears, “Womanizer” (3.2)
9, Beyonce, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (4.7)
9, Kelly Clarkson, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (2.5)
9, Ke$ha, “TiK ToK” (6)
9, Lady Gaga, “Poker Face” (6.4)
9, Ludacris, “Break Your Heart” (3.5)

http://www.billboard…005379792.story

In two weeks time Cheers will be Platinum too and then WFL so Riri will have 21 sooner than later.

http://www.rihannaforums.com

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