Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’—the lead single from the five-piece’s sophomore studio album ‘7/27’—has reached a new sales milestone in the US, recently being certified as 4x Platinum by the RIAA.
— RIAA (@RIAA) June 8, 2016
But for all you chart novices out there, what does that actually mean?
You may have heard of records in both the US and UK (and pretty much any other country in the world) going silver, gold, platinum, and sometimes even diamond. These certifications mean that a particular record has sold a certain amount.
In the UK, an artist needs to sell 200,000 copies of a single to go silver, 400,000 copies to go gold, and 600,000 copies to go platinum. For albums, silver is awarded after 60,000 copies, gold is awarded for 100,000 copies, and platinum is awarded for sales exceeding 300,000 copies.
In the US, a gold single or album has sold 500,000 copies, a platinum single or album has sold 1,000,000 copies, and a diamond single or album has sold a staggering 10,000,000 copies.
This means that Fifth Harmony and Ty Dollar $ign’s ‘Work From Home’ has to date sold 4,000,000 copies in the US. The girls were also recently awarded with a platinum certification for the UK release of the single, signalling sales of 600,000.