The RIAA Declares: It’s All About ‘Mimi’

The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey’s first record in three years and second under the Island Records banner, has been certified triple Platinum — making it her best selling album since 1999’s Rainbow according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Rainbow, Carey’s final studio album under her previous deal with Columbia Records, was certified for sales of three million copies in December of 1999 and was followed by three consecutive Platinum-selling titles (Glitter, Greatest Hits and Charmbracelet).

The Emancipation of Mimi was quickly certified Gold, Platinum and double Platinum in early June with the TRIPLE Platinum certification following just 27 days later. To date, The Emancipation of Mimi stands as the second highest certified record of 2005.

Figures, supplied by Nielsen SoundScan, represent 2005 sales to date:

Rank/artist – Title – Sales (in millions)
1. 50 Cent – Massacre* – 4.02
2. Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi* – 2.30
3. The Game – Documentary* – 2.11
4. Green Day – American Idiot – 1.93
5. Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway – 1.60
6. Gwen Stefani – Love Angel Music Baby – 1.52
7. Coldplay – X&Y* – 1.38
8. The Killers – Hot Fuss – 1.31
9. various – Now 18* – 1.21
10. Eminem – Encore – 1.16

* 2005 release

In other chart news, “We Belong Together” is #1 on the following Billboard charts:

Hot 100 (6th week)
Hot 100 Airplay (8th consecutive week)
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (7th consecutive week)
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (7th consecutive week)
Rhythmic Top 40 (7th consecutive week)
Top 40 Mainstream (3rd consecutive week)
Pop 100 Airplay (3rd consecutive week)
Pop 100 (first week at #1!)

With 7 weeks at #1, “We Belong Together” becomes Mariah’s longest running #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop singles.

Stay tuned for more Billboard updates!
Congratulations to Mariah!

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5 thoughts on “The RIAA Declares: It’s All About ‘Mimi’

  1. galleta says:

    Good for MIMI, I knew Mariah could do it….go girl.

  2. ihatehilary says:

    good for mariah!!! no breakdowns for her this year!

    shouldn’t you be commenting incessantly in a bsb story?

    you also “knew” bsb could do it too. and look where they are.’, ‘if you can see down that further. i can’t believe you’d want mariah to do as badly and have her breakdown again, since you seem to be a fan of her.

  3. RadioFreeRoscoe says:

    The Boys will rebound with a good song. BTW, one out of two ain’t bad.

  4. Babar says:

    Congratulations to Mariah. She deserves every thing. The album is the best of 2005 so far. Yes, even though I adore J.Lo., Rebirth pales in comparison to Mimi as does Kelly clarkson’s Breakway, BSB’s Never Gone and many others. Plus 3 more weeks at No.1 and WBT will tie with Candy Shop as the only singles of 2005 netting 9 weeks at No.1

  5. RobScott says:

    Mariah Carey is a living legend. There’s no doubt about it.

    Mariah is a legend, but so is Madonna. Mariah sings better, but Mad is more creative.

    People need to realize that Madonna was around ten years before Mariah came out.’, ‘It’s really unfair to Mariah to compare them, even if she is the more talented of the two.

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