For Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass” is the song that simply will not stop, even years after it peaked and initially took over the world.
The doo-wop-pop single has just been certified diamond by the RIAA (the Recording Industry Association of America) for shifting 10 million units in the U.S. alone. That means that since it was first released in the summer of 2014, “Bass” has sold millions and streamed even more, as the RIAA now blends streaming and pure sales of albums and songs when certifying any piece of music. Diamond is the highest certification a song or album can earn, unless of course, something ends up going multi-diamond, which would only happen if it was able to shift 20 million units or above. Only a handful of albums have ever done so, and no song has come even close…yet.
The upbeat tune all about self-acceptance and loving the body you have now joins a very small group of singles that have been certified diamond, including Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and several others.
“All About That Bass” was something of a surprise hit for Trainor, who at the time was only getting her start as an artist and not just a songwriter working behind the scenes for other acts. The instantly recognizable and immensely catchy pop track was her breakout hit, and it wasted no time in reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100, making her one of the rare musicians whose first single peaks as high as is possible. “Bass” finished the year as one of the most successful cuts of 2014, and it ended up running the show for eight consecutive weeks.
After the incredible success of “Bass,” people couldn’t get enough of Meghan Trainor, and her debut album (which featured the song) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and several other singles wound up performing well after her first cut started to drift down the ranking.
“Bass” earned Trainor a pair of Grammy nominations, for both Record and Song of the Year, and though she didn’t win either (she lost both to Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”), she went on to collect the Best New Artist trophy at the following ceremony.
Meghan Trainor’s first hit has been able to rack up 10 million equivalent sales in a relatively short period of time, proving just how much of a global phenomenon it really was. Not too long ago, the official video passed the two billion mark on YouTube, becoming just the twelfth music video to do so in history.