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Gold & Platinum Leaps Forward

March 08, 2012
February Certifications Frost Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, B.O.B., Band Perry, Eminem, Toby, AC/DC + More


Pistol Annies, Breathe Carolina + The Airborne Toxic Event Earn Inaugural G&P Awards

WASHINGTON – A talented mix of rising stars and established acts earned great Gold and Platinum successes in February, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA’s) latest monthly G&P program certification tally. 

Adele earned February’s highest G&P album award when her newly crowned Grammy 2012 Album of the Year 21 certified 8x multi-Platinum.  In addition, the musical icon’s debut record 19 (2008) rose to 2x multi-Platinum, while her songs “Set Fire To The Rain” and “Someone Like You” earned 2x multi-Platinum and 4x multi-Platinum awards, respectively.

Three acts tied for February’s highest download honors – 5x multi-Platinum certs.  The triad featured: Atlantic lyricist Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” hip hop duo LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and Elektra smooth singer Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are.”  Each song has sold more than five million downloads to-date and counting!

Close behind, Atlantic rapper B.O.B., A&M/Octone group Maroon 5 and Republic Nashville country trio The Band Perry each earned 4x multi-Platinum plaques for their respective singles “Airplanes,” “Moves Like Jagger” and “If I Die Young.”  B.O.B. also took home a Platinum plaque for new single “Strange Clouds.”

First double-Platinum download awards were presented to rap pair Bad Meets Evil for “Lighters” and English troupe Florence + the Machine for “Dog Days Are Over.”  Eminem, the partner of Royce da 5’9” in Bad Meets Evil, also received two RIAA Golds for songs “Space Bound” and “Cinderella Man.”

In another sign of Toby Keith’s rock-solid fan following, TK earned his 17th career Gold album award for Clancy’s Tavern (Show Dog – Universal Music, 2011).  Two songs from the album “Made In America” and “Red Solo Cup” are currently RIAA Gold and Platinum, respectively. 

In great company, the RIAA’s tenth most certified band in Gold & Platinum program history – AC/DC –received their 21st Gold album award for the Iron Man 2 soundtrack.  The 2010 Columbia compilation includes fifteen tracks from 10 different AC/DC albums, originally released between 1975 and 2008.

Time-honored gospel singer Kirk Franklin earned his eighth Gold album award in February for Hello Fear, released in 2011 on GospoCentric Records.  Franklin first struck RIAA Gold in 1995 with album debut Kirk Franklin & the Family.

The RIAA certified 31 stellar songs Gold throughout February for selling 500,000 copies, while notable first Gold single awards went to country trio Pistol Annies, electronic duo Breathe Carolina and L.A. alt-rockers The Airborne Toxic Event for their respective songs “Hell On Heels,” “Blackout” and “Sometime Around Midnight.”  

In February the RIAA awarded a total of 9 album and 66 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.


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Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy