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August Rings Gold & Platinum

August 15, 2011
Adele, Evancho, Hot Chelle Rae, Jessie J, Blake Shelton & Others Certify Hot Summer Hits

WASHINGTON – Adele received the highest Gold & Platinum album certification of any artist thus far in 2011 when her sophomore record 21 hit triple-Platinum in July, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA’s) latest monthly Gold & Platinum tally.  Released in February, 21 sailed straight through to Platinum by March, double-Platinum in May and triple-Platinum in July – all less than six months out!

Another spectacular Columbia songstress, eleven year old Jackie Evancho, was awarded a speedy Gold plaque for her June album Dream With Me, selling more than 500,000 copies in just one month.  The America's Got Talent star’s 2010 holiday album debut O Holy Night is currently RIAA-certified Platinum.  

July’s two Platinum album certifications were awarded to country acts Zac Brown Band and Rascal Flatts for their respective 2010 record releases: You Get What You Give (Homegrown/Atlantic Records) and Nothing Like This (Big Machine Records, Inc.).  Fellow crooner Chris Young earned his Midas touch in July, receiving his very first Gold album award for The Man I Want To Be (RCA Nashville, 2009).

Additional applause to six more first-ever Gold certification recipients who sold more than 500,000 U.S. downloads of their respective popular songs: Mercury musician Easton Corbin for “A Little More Country Than That” (2010), Republic Nashville quartet Eli Young Band for “Crazy Girl” (2011), Columbia rock band Foster the People for “Pumped Up Kicks” (2011), Universal Motown R&B soloist Kelly Rowland for “Motivation” (2011), Nonesuch Records rock duo The Black Keys for “Tighten Up” (2010) and RCA Nashville artist Jake Owen for songs “Eight Second Rule” (2006) and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (2011).

Pop quartet Hot Chelle Rae, English soul singer Jessie J and The Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton took home premiere Platinum download nods for 2011 song releases “Tonight Tonight” (Jive Records), “Price Tag” (Universal Records) and “Honey Bee” (Warner Bros. Nashville), respectively.

July’s highest digital download honors – 5x multi-Platinum – were awarded to Lady Antebellum for hit “Need You Now” (Capitol Nashville, 2009).  Additionally, Lady A’s latest single “Just A Kiss” certified Platinum to commemorate one million downloads since its May release. 

Universal Motown rap stars Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj also earned their fair share of digital download awards in July.  Lil Wayne’s songs “6 Foot 7 Foot” (2010), “How To Love” (2011) and “John” (2011) hit double-Platinum, Platinum and Gold respectively.  Nicki Minaj’s 2010 singles “Super Bass” and “Moment 4 Life” both went Platinum.

In July the RIAA awarded a total of six album and 50 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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Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy