Bruno Mars has a Funk-y diamond…
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced that the 31-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer’s inescapable hit collaboration with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” has achieved diamond certification.
The award makes Mars and Ronson only the 10th act to reach 10 million sales for a single or album since the RIAA’s gold and platinum program expanded in 1999 to include a diamond award.
The certification comes less than two years since “Uptown Funk” was released in November 2014 and is the 13th diamond song in RIAA history.
The RIAA’s certification program was launched with the gold record in 1958. Presently, the RIAA awards a gold honor for 500,000 units sold, a platinum honor for 1 million units sold and a diamond award for more than 10 million units sold, with 100 streams counting as one certifiable unit.
“Uptown Funk” has sold over 12,422,016 in downloads and 938,694,569 audio streams in the U.S., according to a press release. The video has streamed over 1.9 billion times.
The track held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks, making it the second longest chart topper in the chart’s history.
It was also the best-selling song of 2015 and won the record of the year award at the 2016 Grammy Awards. It has been certified multi-platinum in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Mexico and the United Kingdom as well as being awarded Diamond certification in Canada and France.