According to the RIAA, J Cole’s “Middle Child,” is now 3x platinum, Middle Child is one of only two singles released in 2019 to acheive multi-platinum status. The other single to achieve this honor is, arguably the biggest song of the year, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.”
— RIAA (@RIAA) June 11, 2019
The single, which was released in late-January 2019, attained a triple-platinum award on June 10, 2019. The award confirms 3 million in US units; each unit is equal to 1 paid download or 150 streams. “Middle Child” reached #1 at the urban and rhythmic radio formats. To date, Cole has acquired 12 platinum certifications: seven songs and five albums.