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Fall's Heavy Metal

October 20, 2011
Jay-Z, Kanye's "Throne" Earns Prompt Platinum, While Foster The People, Jake Owen, Aaron Lewis + More Earn First-Time G&P Awards

WASHINGTON – Jay-Z and Kanye West’s album collaboration Watch The Throne quickly certified Platinum in just one month in September, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA’s) latest monthly Gold & Platinum certification count.  Music fans purchased more than one million copies of the August release to earn the Roc-A-Fella duo a timely Platinum award.

Jason Aldean earned his highest album and song certifications yet in September:  two double-Platinum plaques.  One for album My Kinda Party (Broken Bow, 2010) and its hit track “Dirt Road Anthem” each selling more than two million copies.

Columbia rock band Foster The People received their first Gold album award for May debut Torches selling more than 500,000 copies.  Additionally, the trio took a double-Platinum download award for catchy track “Pumped Up Kicks.”

September’s top digital download award – at 5x multi-Platinum – went to Adele for her song “Rolling In The Deep,” which has continued to climb the G&P ladder since its November release on Columbia.  Adele’s other endlessly popular songs “Someone like You” and “Set Fire To The Rain” gained Platinum and Gold RIAA respective ranks.

Triple congratulations are in order for hip hop duo LMFAO and country stars The Band Perry.  Each group earned triple-Platinum plaques for their respective signature tracks “Party Rock Anthem” (Interscope) and “If I Die Young” (Republic Nashville).

RIAA awarded double-Platinum download honors to pop rockers Hot Chelle Rae and solo songstress Jennifer Lopez for their respective 2011 dance-tastic song releases “Tonight Tonight” (Columbia) and “On The Floor” (Island).

“Barefoot Blue Jean Night” earned RCA Nashville country singer Jake Owen his first Platinum award in September.  Released in April, the popular summer song has paved the way for Owen’s August album release – also titled Barefoot Blue Jean Night – to be a fall fan favorite.

It was a golden month for Staind’s lead vocalist Aaron Lewis.  Lewis recently ventured into a solo country music career with the March release of song “Country Boy,” which turned Gold in September.  “Country Boy,” released on R and J Records, features other country greats George Jones, Charlie Daniels and Chris Young.

In September the RIAA awarded a total of 17 albums and 27 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


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