Cardi B and Katy Perry Share a Unique Music Industry Record

Cardi B and Katy Perry seem like an unlikely pairing in the music industry. But the two superstar artists have more in common than many realize, including a big industry record.

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Cardi B has 3 diamond records

Since Cardi B burst onto the scene in the late 2010s, Cardi B has proven that she’s unlike any other female rapper that came before her. The Bronx-bred femcee released her debut album Invasion of Privacy in 2018, establishing her as a force to be reckoned with.

The breakout single “Bodak Yellow” became Cardi’s first song certified diamond (with over 10 million copies sold in the U.S.). In 2021, Cardi earned her second diamond certification for “Girls Like You,” her chart-topping collaboration with Maroon 5.

Just a few weeks later, in December 2021, Cardi earned her third diamond single for “I Like It,” her collaboration with Bad Bunny and J Balvin from Invasion of Privacy.

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Cardi B and Katy Perry are the only female artists with 3 diamond records

With her third diamond record under her belt, Cardi broke her own record as the female rapper with the most diamond records ever. She’s currently tied with Katy Perry as the only other woman artist in history with three diamond records. Perry earned the distinction for her songs “Firework,” “Roar,” and “Dark Horse.” Previously, Cardi tied with Lady Gaga with two diamond records each.

Cardi expressed her excitement about the achievement on Instagram. “My album came out in 2018 and it’s still breaking records,” she said. “I have a solo [diamond] record, a feature [diamond] record and now ANOTHER [diamond] record from a collab with 2 people that I look up to and love so much, J Balvin & Bad Bunny!”

“I remember like it was yesterday when this song went #1 and now it’s Diamond,” she continued. “I honestly just can’t believe this is happening! I’m so proud to have two songs off my debut album go Diamond. I hope I can achieve the same or even better on my next one. Thank you everyone that has supported and loved this record.”

She even revealed that “I Like It” is her most lucrative song: “Fun fact: This song started my great relationship with Balenciaga and is the record that gets me the most coin since it’s requested for commercials and brands all the time.”

Cardi B’s next album is on the way

Cardi B fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of her sophomore album since 2018, and Cardi has released hit singles along the way that hinted at an imminent album, such as “Press,” “WAP,” and “Up.”

While she’s been busy with several other projects, Cardi insisted in an Instagram Live that she wants to release her album in 2022.

“I feel like at this point, it’s like a timeline that I created. Because last year I was like: ‘I gotta put out my album this year.’ But, then I just stopped working on my album out of nowhere because I feel like the whole COVID thing discouraged me to put out my album. Because I want to put out an album, and I want to tour,” she said.

“I don’t feel like if I do like, an album promo run and everything, like, there’s no feelings to it, me doing interviews with people through a computer. I want to meet up with people. I want to have a conversation. It’s a better vibe.”

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