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Musicians Rise In Fall

November 30, 2011
Lady A, Tony Bennett, Grateful Dead, Adele, Eminem & More Earn October's Big Brass

WASHINGTON – Country trio Lady Antebellum’s latest album release Own the Night certified Platinum in only one month, while a variety of country, rap and pop music’s most talented acts also earned top metal awards, according to the October tally of Gold and Platinum (G&P) certifications released today by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Lady Antebellum, the recently named CMA Awards’ Vocal Group of the Year, now have three impressive Platinum (or higher) career album awards under their belt, with 2008’s Lady Antebellum currently double-Platinum and 2010’s Need You Now triple-Platinum. 

Tony Bennett earned a timely RIAA Gold plaque for his dazzling September album Duets II (RPM/Columbia) selling more than 500,000 copies by October.  Undoubtedly one of America’s most renowned jazz artists, Bennett has now earned eleven RIAA Gold album certifications spanning his accomplished 59-year career.

Meanwhile, the Grateful Dead earned their 19th career Gold album certification for Europe ‘72: The Complete Recordings, released on Rhino in August.  The 73-disc box set includes live recordings of the band’s complete spring 1972 concert tour of Europe – 22 total shows!

Fall has also been a solid-selling season for country acts Luke Bryan and Eric Church.  They each saddled in their second Gold album awards for their respective sophomore summer releases Tailgates & Tanlines (Capitol Nashville) and Chief (EMI Records Nashville).

The RIAA awarded Adele October’s (and 2011’s) highest album certification to date: a quadruple-Platinum plaque for her universally popular album 21.  Released in February, 21 certified Platinum by March, double-Platinum in May and triple-Platinum in July, only to add another million in sales by October.  To boot, the bombshell British singer’s single “Someone Like You” reached double-Platinum status for selling more than two million U.S. downloads. 

More than five million digital purchases of “Love The Way You Lie” earned Eminem October’s highest song certification: a 5x multi-Platinum award.  No small feat, the Interscope track featuring Rihanna is Eminem’s highest certified digital single yet.  Additionally, Eminem’s mentor and longtime collaborator Dr. Dre received a double-Platinum digital download certification for selling two million downloads of “I Need A Doctor” (Interscope, 2011).

“Moves Like Jagger” has secured A&M/Octone band Maroon 5 their first double-Platinum download award.  The Rolling Stones’ frontman-inspired song is off Maroon 5’s most recent album Hands All Over, which is currently certified Gold.

RIAA awarded first-time Platinum download certifications to New York City pop group Cobra Starship and Texas country quartet Eli Young Band for their respective 2011 song releases “You Make Me Feel” (Fueled By Ramen) and “Crazy Girl” (Republic Nashville).  Additionally, “Remind Me” by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood brought the recent CMA Awards co-hosts a perfectly Platinum download award. 

Universal Republic talents Akon, Drake and Lil Wayne each earned Gold download awards for their respective 2011 song releases “Angel,” “Headlines” and “She Will” in October.  These latest RIAA Gold awards are Akon’s career tenth, Drake’s sixth and Lil Wayne’s thirteenth.  Keep ‘em coming, guys!

Highflying congratulations go to Demi Lovato for earning her very first Gold download award for summer release “Skyscraper.”  The single hails from Lovato’s third album release Unbroken (Hollywood).

In October the RIAA awarded a total of 15 albums and 30 digital single certifications.  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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