Hip-hop is undoubtedly probably the most consumed style on this planet proper now. It was made much more evident this yr. Drake primarily held down the highest the Billboard Hot 100 for almost all the yr, Cardi B turned the primary feminine rapper to have 2 primary hits below her belt, and Migos ties the Beatles for many quantity simultaneous Hot 100 entries amongst teams. So it ought to come as no shock that hip-hop additionally led RIAA’s 2018 Gold & Platinum listing.
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Drake had a giant yr in 2018 and his RIAA plaques are additional professional. The rapper’s single, “God’s Plan” is the RIAA’s Top Song the yr whereas Scorpion was among the many high albums within the RIAA’s 2018 Gold & Platinum listing. Cardi B’s debut album, Invasion Privacy, Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys and Migos’ Culture II have been licensed double platinum. Additionally, J. Cole’s Okay.O.D, XXXTENTACION’s ?, and Camila Cabello’s Camila have been additionally licensed platinum. Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther: The Album and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack was additionally licensed platinum.
Clearly, hip-hop dominated pop music this yr and it does not seem like that may find yourself altering subsequent yr. The RIAA revealed that 2018 noticed 33 albums and 151 songs turned licensed both gold or platinum inside the previous yr. You might learn extra data on the RIAA’s standards — together with how merch bundles are counted — right here.