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April Shines Gold & Platinum

May 18, 2011
New Albums from Spears, Brown and Hudson Quickly Certify, While Perry, Rihanna and Lopez Earn High Digital Download Marks

WASHINGTON—Pop and R&B acts scored major April accolades while a mix of heavy metal, rap and country artists were awarded great Gold and Platinum (G&P) successes as well, according to the monthly G&P certification count from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Pop queen Britney Spears’ first album release in three years, Femme Fatale, promptly certified Gold and Platinum in April for shipping one million copies since its March release.  All seven of Britney’s studio albums are Platinum or higher while her first and bestselling album to date, ...Baby One More Time (1999), is currently 14x multi-Platinum!  Catch Britney on tour this summer with Platinum certified Universal Motown rapper Nicki Minaj.

Close behind, Chris Brown’s latest Jive album F.A.M.E. and Jennifer Hudson’s new Arista album I Remember Me both struck Gold in April, just one month after their respective March releases.  Not new to sizzling G&P program success, Brown’s Chris Brown (2005) and Exclusive (2007) are both currently RIAA certified 2x multi-Platinum and Hudson’s Jennifer Hudson (2008) is Gold.  Extra kudos to California heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch for earning their first two Gold album awards for their respective 2009 and 2010 releases War Is The Answer and Way Of The Fist on PPK.

In another sign of Capitol songstress Katy Perry’s rock-solid fan following, her newest single “E.T.” went Gold, Platinum and 2x multi-Platinum in April.  And where there was fire, there was a multi-Platinum award: Perry’s blazing track “Firework” was certified 4x multi-Platinum while Mercury Records songster Taio Cruz’s explosive “Dynamite” song also soared to 4x multi-Platinum heights, tying “Firework” for April’s top digital download award. Boom!

Pop sensation Rihanna never ceases to wow music fans, most recently taking “Only Girl (In the World)” Gold, Platinum and 2x multi-Platinum.  The popular song hails from the recent redhead’s latest album Loud, released on Def Jam in November.

Fans are loving Jennifer Lopez’s hot new single “On The Floor,” which earned the Island vocalist and “American Idol” judge her very first Platinum download award in April.  Kudos to Jennifer for selling more than one million digital copies of “On The Floor” in time for the release of her seventh studio album Love? on April 28. 

April bestowed four more premiere Platinum digital download awards.  The precious metal prizes went to soul singer Adele for “Rolling In The Deep” (Columbia, 2010), pop princess Kristinia DeBarge for “Goodbye” (Def Jam, 2009), rap trio Diddy Dirty Money for “Coming Home” (Interscope, 2010) and country crooner Jaron and the Long Road to Love for “Pray for You” (Universal Records, 2010).  Each track has sold one million downloads to date and counting! 

Also in April, Epic band The Script earned their third Gold single award for sweetly sung “For The First Time,” while Def Jam R&B singer-songwriter Jeremih earned his second Gold for “Down On Me.”  To boot, Toby Keith and Linkin Park earned their eighth (!) Gold download awards for their respective songs “American Ride” and “Waiting For The End.”

The RIAA certified 16 stellar songs Gold throughout April for selling 500,000 copies, while notable first Gold song awards went to Warner Bros. Records urban pop singer Auburn for “La La La” and Capitol Records London rapper Tinie Tempah for “Written In The Stars.”  The RIAA looks forward to more certs to come from these talented rising acts. 

In April, the RIAA awarded total 31 digital singles and eight albums.  All certifications are calculated by Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman.  Complete lists of all album, single, mastertone and video awards can also be accessed at www.riaa.com.


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