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Danity Kane 'Welcomes' A Timely Gold

Leona, Lupe, Angels Earn First Brass

WASHINGTON – Pop diva group Danity Kane’s sophomore album Welcome to the Dollhouse on Atlantic Records reached Gold prestige within one month of its release, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) April Gold & Platinum count. This is the second certification for the MTV Making the Band winners since their self-titled debut album went Platinum in 2006.

The highest album certification in April -- 15x multi-platinum -- went to Journey’s Greatest Hits to commemorate sales exceeding 15 million since the album’s unveiling 10 years ago. Theirs has been a journey full of precious metals – this is the band’s 8th multi-Platinum album certification to-date. We never stopped believin.’

Also earning high marks in the multi-Platinum album category were GRAMMY-nominated American hard rockers Daughtry whose 2006 self-titled debut album on Columbia hit 4x Platinum in April – the band’s highest certification yet. Check out a live performance from Daughtry at the Majestic Ventura Theatre in California available for free online through MSN Music's IN CONCERT series.

Two rather distinctively different – but both enormously talented – artists tied for this month’s top double-Platinum digital single certification: piano playing soulstress Sara Bareilles’ ‘Love Song’ on Epic Records and Chris Brown and T-Pain’s ‘Kiss Kiss’ on Jive. Not far behind is R&B pop idol sensation Leona Lewis’ chart-topping hit ‘Bleeding Love’ on Arista, which took home Gold and Platinum prestige for selling more than 1 million copies. This is the first G&P certification for the U.K. native and former X Factor champ.

Top nods to alternative rockers Angels and Airwaves who brought home their first RIAA-certified Gold record for their 2006 release We Don’t Need To Whisper on Geffen Records. The band, fronted by former Blink 182 lead vocalist Tom DeLonge, will join acts like the Gym Class Heroes, Matisyahu, and Paramore on the ‘VANS Warped Tour,’ kicking off in Pomona, CA and reaching cities coast-to-coast this summer.

Another first-ever Gold record went to the multi-talented rapper, producer, and CEO Lupe Fiasco for Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, released in 2007 on Atlantic Records. Additionally, first Gold digital single nods went to Ray J Featuring Yung Berg for ‘Sexy Can I’ on Knockout Entertainment and DJ Khaled for ‘I’m So Hood.’

Sweet Baby James – aka James Taylor – earned his 2oth career Gold album in April for One Man Band released in 2007 on ‘Hear Music.’ Kudos to the veteran solo artist who career sales surpass 33 million albums since releasing his self-titled, debut James Taylor 40 years ago in 1968.

In April, the RIAA awarded a total 22 digital singles, 16 albums, and 3 ringtones. 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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