RIAA on Twitter

Gold & Platinum News

RSS FeedOne of our goals at the RIAA is to provide timely and accurate information on the issues affecting the music labels and the creative artists we represent that are of interest to the public and the media.

Gold & Platinum News

Gaga For Gold & Platinum

March 17, 2011
Lady G. Is Now Top Seller of Digital Singles, Grammy Winners La Roux, Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine Earn Inaugural G&P Awards

WASHINGTON--The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized Lady Gaga as the highest-certified artist of digital singles in Gold & Platinum history with 20 million downloads sold, according to the group’s February Gold & Platinum certifications report. 

Following on the heels of the recent Grammy telecast, the three-time winner this year brought “Just Dance” 6x multi-Platinum, “Poker Face” 5x multi-Platinum, “Bad Romance” 4x multi-Platinum, “Paparazzi” 3x multi-Platinum and “Love Game” 2x multi-Platinum, to a total record of 20 million digital singles sold.  At 6x multi-Platinum, the Interscope artist’s no excuses tune “Just Dance” ties the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” as the RIAA’s HIGHEST digital song certification in G&P program history.  In addition to Gaga’s great feat, the RIAA extends additional kudos to fellow female icons Rihanna and Taylor Swift whose digital single certification tallies are currently 19 million and 18.5 million respectively.  The Black Eyed Peas are the “group” that currently has the most digital singles certified at 17.5 million units. 

A 5x multi-Platinum plaque was awarded to Train for hit track “Hey, Soul Sister,” the same song that recently earned the popular group a Grammy award for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.  The Columbia Records rock trio also took a Gold for their newest single “Marry Me” selling more than 500,000 downloads.  Not far behind, Spanish singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias earned a 3x multi-Platinum download award for “I Like It” – his best selling song yet – that was released on Universal Republic in July. 

Tough as nails ballad “Bulletproof” earned Interscope pop duo La Roux their very first RIAA Gold, Platinum and double-Platinum awards in February.  The smash hit hails from La Roux’s self-titled 2009 album debut which won last month’s Grammy award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.

On the album front, Michael Bublé’s 2011 Grammy award-winning Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Crazy Love (Reprise, 2009) went double-Platinum in February to mark more than two million copies sold.  This mint marks the popular Canadian jazz vocalist’s second RIAA multi-Platinum album award.  His album It’s Time (2005) is currently triple-Platinum.

A notable first Platinum award went to Grammy Best New Artist nominee, U.K. quartet Mumford & Sons, for debut album Sigh No More (Glassnote Records, 2010).  Another English band nominated in the same enormously talented newcomer category, Florence and the Machine, additionally earned their premiere Gold award for album debut Lungs (Universal Republic, 2009).

Additional first Gold album awards went to teen acts Demi Lovato and The Band Perry for their respective popular albums Don’t Forget (Hollywood, 2008) and The Band Perry (Big Machine Records, Inc., 2010).

Epic artist Sara Bareilles earned her second Platinum download nod for “King of Anything,” another solid Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance this past year.  Bareilles’ best selling single to-date “Love Song” is currently RIAA certified 3x multi-Platinum for selling more than three million digital downloads.  

Married country-singing duo Thompson Square and Christian singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin earned premiere Gold download awards for their respective songs “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” (Stoney Creek Records, 2010) and “How Great Is Our God” (Sparrow Records, 2004).  Tomlin currently has two RIAA Gold albums See The Morning (2006) and Hello Love (2008), plus a Platinum album nod for Arriving (2004).

Added congrats to country act Billy Currington who earned his fourth Gold download award for his September song release “Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer.”  The song hails from Currington’s latest and fourth studio album Enjoy Yourself (Mercury Nashville, 2010). 

In February the RIAA awarded a total of 12 album and 20 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.


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy