John Legend is a member of yet another exclusive list. Two years after entering his name in the EGOT history books as the first Black male to reach that status, the renowned musician has earned his first diamond-certified single, as his 2014 mega-hit “All of Me” made the shortlist of less than 40 songs in music history to achieve this feat.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) acknowledged the achievement on their official Twitter page on Friday morning, inducting the Dave Tozer-co-produced track in the diamond club, with over ten million units sold.
— RIAA (@RIAA) September 25, 2020
“All of Me,” known to many as one of the best wedding songs, is lifted from Legend’s fourth studio album Love in the Future. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014, becoming the global superstar’s first-ever Hot 100 chart leader in his career of hits.
It has been streamed more than 1.2 billion times on Spotify, while the music video, starring his wife Chrissy Teigen, has been watched over 1.7 billion times on YouTube.
Legend, one of the honorary chairs on the Recording Academy’s newly created Black Music Collective (BMC), recently released his seventh album Bigger Love. It was featured on Rated R&B’s 16 best R&B albums of 2020 so far list. It includes the Gary Clark, Jr.-assisted track “Wild,” the dramatic “Actions,” the tear-jerker “Conversations in the Dark,” and more.