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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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)


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


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