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November Glistens Diamond, Gold & Platinum

Adele, Taylor Swift, Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton, Carly Rae Jepsen & PSY Are Among Big Monthly Award Winners

WASHINGTON – Adele’s “21” earned Diamond decoration, while Taylor Swift’s new album “Red” reached triple-Platinum in only one month, and a variety of country, rock, and pop acts also took top metal awards, according to the November tally of Gold & Platinum certifications released today on the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA’s) G&P Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GoldandPlatinum).

Colossal congratulations to Adele for earning a prestigious RIAA Diamond certification marking more than 10 million “21” albums sold in the United States.  Not only did Adele go Diamond, the Columbia/XL Records jewel also became the first artist in a decade to do so in less than two years!  Adele further added to her bling in November by certifying her James Bond theme song “Skyfall” Gold.

With October release “Red” Taylor Swift has earned her fastest rise yet to 3x multi-Platinum success.  The good news comes on the heels that 2x multi-Platinum track “We Are Never Getting Back Together” has been nominated for GRAMMY Record of The Year!  Taylor’s career album certifications now surpass 15 million sold across five separate records.

Brand new holiday albums from crowned country stars Scotty McCreery and Blake Shelton, “Christmas with Scotty McCreery” (Mercury/19/Interscope) and “Cheers It’s Christmas” (Warner Bros.) respectively, turned RIAA Gold in November.  To boot, “Merry Christmas, Baby” (Verve) procured Rod Stewart a Platinum in just one month.  Remember that music can make a great gift this season.  Get inspired at www.givethegiftofmusic.info!

Call her certified!  The month’s top RIAA song certification –6x multi-Platinum– was awarded to Carly Rae Jepsen for her ubiquitous track “Call Me Maybe.”  The 6x multi-Platinum honor has only been awarded to 10 digital songs in RIAA G&P history.

PSY debuted on RIAA’s G&P chart in November, certifying “Gangnam Style” (Universal Republic) Gold, Platinum and 2x multi-Platinum.  Kudos to PSY who in addition to earning his first RIAA awards also holds YouTube’s most watched video EVER record for “Gangnam Style.”

Four artists earned their first Platinum song download awards in November: Florida Georgia Line for “Cruise” (Republic Nashville), Imagine Dragons for “It’s Time” (KidinaKorner/Interscope Records), Skrillex for “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” (Big Beat), and The Lumineers for “Ho Hey” (Dualtone).

RIAA awarded 26 digital single and 15 album certifications in November.  All certifications are calculated by Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman. Complete lists of all album, single, mastertone and video awards can 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