The Recording Industry Association of America announced on Tuesday that Eminem has broken the record for most gold and platinum rated singles in the organisation's history.

With 73.5 million new award units,the rapper now holds 166 million single certifications and 61.5 million album certifications.

Drake previously held the record with 163.5 million, while Rihanna is third with 151.5 million.

"These awards recognize Eminem's unflinching commitment to his craft and the enduring connection he has forged with fans over the last 20 years” RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier via Statement.