Justin Bieber, Elton John

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It looks like Justin Bieber just flew ahead of the Rocket Man.

The 19-year-old's hit "Baby" has now gone 12 times platinum to become the highest-certified single in history," Billboard reports.

In doing so, the tune has now overtaken Elton John's double-sided "Candle in the Wind/Something About the Way You Look Tonight," which went 11 times platinum back in 1997.

Bieber benefited from a recent change made by the Recording Industry Association of America that incorporates on-demand streaming data when it comes to measuring gold and platinum success.

As a result, 100 streams is considered equal to one download.

So, while "Baby" has only sold 3.9 million copies compared to "Candle in the Wind/Something About the Way You Look Tonight" selling 33 million, the Bieber track has been viewed over 857 million times on Vevo.

Not too shabby.

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