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RIAA'S Certifiably Metallic September

September 22, 2011
Eminem, Beyonce, Bryan, Maroon 5, McCreery & More Fall Into a Golden & Platinum Season

WASHINGTON – Eminem’s widely acclaimed album Recovery (2010) soared to triple-Platinum status in August, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA’s) latest monthly Gold & Platinum certification tally.  Not just a successful solo act, Eminem’s duo collaboration with rapper Royce da 5’9,” named Bad Meets Evil, earned its first Gold for selling 500,000 copies of album debut Hell: The Sequel in only two months!

Add to Beyonce’s August of spectacular news: a timely RIAA Platinum plaque for June album release 4.  The Columbia starlet also secured a glittering Gold certification for her latest single “Best Thing I Never Had” selling more than 500,000 downloads.  Congratulations, B!

A&M/Octone band Maroon 5’s popular summer song “Move Like Jagger” quickly certified Gold and Platinum in August.  The Jagger jam was released in June after Adam Levine and band debuted it with Christina Aguilera on their popular musical TV show The Voice.  And it hasn’t gotten out of our heads since!  Together since 2002, all three Maroon 5 studio albums are RIAA certified Gold or higher.

Summer was also a solid-selling season for American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and SoCal rapper Big Sean.  They each earned their very first RIAA Gold download awards for their respective June song releases “I Love You This Big” (Interscope) and “My Last” (Def Jam).  Big congratulations also go out to Selena Gomez & the Scene for securing their third Gold single award for “Love You Like A Love Song” (Hollywood).

Hemingway’s Whiskey (2010) has secured BNA Records star Kenny Chesney his tenth career Platinum album award.  Additionally, album standout “You and Tequila” featuring Vermont songstress Grace Potter earned Chesney his 15th Gold download award. 

RIAA awarded first-time Platinum download certifications to country songster Luke Bryan, rock trio Foster the People and solo R&B star Kelly Rowland for their respective 2011 song releases “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” (Capitol Nashville), “Pumped Up Kicks” (Columbia) and “Motivation” (Universal Motown).

August’s highest digital download honors – 4x multi-Platinum – were awarded to pop princesses Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry for their respective singles “Party in the U.S.A.” and “I Kissed A Girl.”  Miley also gained a triple-Platinum plaque for “The Climb,” while Katy earned a double-Platinum award for “Waking Up in Vegas.”

Newly minted country star Darius Rucker earned three song download awards in August.  His first Platinum for “Alright,” plus two Gold awards for “Come Back Song” and “This.”

In August the RIAA awarded a total of 14 albums and 28 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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