Justin Bieber Surpasses Elton John On Highest Certified Singles List.


Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber continues to make major strides in the music industry. His hit “Baby” has just gone 12 times platinum, making it the highest certified single in history.


“Baby” has surpassed Elton John’s double-sided “Candle in the wind/Something About The Way You Look Tonight” which went 11 times platinum in 1997.


Bieber is the most recent artist to benefit from a recent change by the Recording Industry Association of America that incorporates on-demand streaming data as it relates to measuring gold and platinum success.

As a result of the recent move 100 streams is equal to one download. So although “Baby” only sold 3.9 million copies in comparison to “Candle In The Wind/Something About The Way You Look Tonight” 33 million. Bieber’s track has been viewed over 857 million times on Vevo.