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Word on the Street: Nothing But Love for Lloyd

WASHINGTON - After a three-year hiatus, Lloyd is back. His urban love song infused sophomore album entitled Street Love - with appearances by Lil- Wayne, Young Joc and Nas - endeared itself with fans to a golden tune of more than 500,000 copies sold, according to the April tally of Gold and Platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Columbia recording artist Beyoncé continues to celebrate with her sophomore album release of B’Day, which crossed the 3 million mark this month. At triple Platinum, this album is edging closer to the success of her quadruple Platinum solo debut album, Dangerously In Love. Beyoncé will continue her birthday celebration with a worldwide tour this spring and summer.

Country pop artist Billy Currington proves he’s doing quite a bit right by taking home his first ever Platinum award for the Mercury Nashville release of Doin’ Somethin’ Right. His single “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” which certified digital Gold last year, was certified this month as a Gold Mastertone.

Warner Nashville country stars Big & Rich might be anxiously awaiting the results of their five Academy of Country Music Award nominations, but they can relax and enjoy their first triple Platinum award for Horse of a Different Color. The smash hit single “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” is currently certified as both a Gold Digital Single and a Gold Mastertone. The band is currently on tour promoting the forthcoming album, Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, which is scheduled to release in June.

Geffen Records R&B artist and Grammy award winner Mary J. Blige received her sixth multi-Platinum award for the seventh album of her career entitled, The Breakthrough. With this triple-Platinum certification, Blige has sold more than 18 million albums. Her latest release, Reflections (A Retrospective), continues to top the charts with its collection of greatest hits and new material.

EMI Gospel artist Smokie Norful continues to spread his urban inspirational music, certifying his sophomore release, Nothing Without You, Gold by selling more than half a million records. Norful’s 2002 project, I Need You Now, is currently certified Gold.

Volcano recording artist and musical humorist Weird Al’ Yankovic keeps his fans laughing to the tune of more than 500,000 copies, thus earning his tenth Gold award for Straight Outta Lynwood. His first track off the album, “White and Nerdy,” was certified as a Gold Digital single in February.

Epic rockers The Fray received their first ever Multi-Platinum Digital Single award for “How to Save a Life,” certifying it double Platinum for more than 2 million units this month.

The RIAA awarded a total of three Multi-Platinum, one Platinum and three Gold albums in April. All certifications are calculated by Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman. Complete lists of all album, single, and video awards can also be accessed at www.riaa.com

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