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Country Days Of Summer

Paisley Earns Eighth Career Gold,
Evans Secures Premiere Platinum,
And Midyear Digital Certifications Reach New Heights

WASHINGTON – Country star Brad Paisley’s new album release This Is Country Music struck Gold in just one month this season, while some of country music’s most talented crooners also earned excellent awards, according to the June tally of Gold and Platinum certifications released today by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  Paisley, the current CMA Entertainer of the Year, now has eight impressive Gold (or higher) career album awards under his belt, in addition to three Platinum and 12 Gold digital single download plaques.   

We should also note that June’s end marked midyear 2011.  A look back at Gold & Platinum certifications for the first six months of the year shows that a record 209 digital single certifications were awarded in the first half of 2011 – compared to 313 total in all of 2010.  2011’s, and history’s, highest digital single certifications at 6x multi-Platinum are Flo Rida’s “Low,” Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.”

Back to country music congrats, four fantastic acts – Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts – saddled up to Gold download awards in June after selling more than 500,000 downloads of their respective songs “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” “Beer In Mexico” and “I Won’t Let Go.” 

One step beyond the boys, southern songstress Sara Evans earned her very first Platinum download trophy for selling more than one million downloads of “A Little Bit Stronger” (RCA Nashville, 2010).  The song is off Sara’s sixth studio album Stronger, which she released in March after a six year recording hiatus.  Since launching her music career in 1997, Sara has earned four Gold and three Platinum album awards, plus one double-Platinum for her strong selling Born To Fly 2000 album release. Welcome back, Sara!

In addition to country musicians’ hot awards, a number of pop, R&B and rap artists earned sizzling summer successes as well.  June’s top digital download award – at 5x multi-Platinum – went to Taio Cruz for his explosive “Dynamite” song which has continued to climb the G&P ladder since its June 2010 release on Mercury Records.  Close behind, Columbia vocalist Adele’s ubiquitous “Rolling in the Deep” rolled to 4x multi-Platinum while her 2008 hit “Make You Feel My Love” hit Gold. 

Teenage Dream by So-Cal singer Katy Perry has sold more than one million copies, making it Gold and Platinum.  Released last August, the album continues to yield fan favorite songs, including “E.T.” which reached 4x multi-Platinum in June.  Another Teenage Dream standout song, “California Gurls,” is currently certified 4x multi-Platinum while “Firework” and title track “Teenage Dream” are both 3x multi-Platinum.

Tik-Toking, Blah Blah-singing songstress Ke$ha, whose hard work fueled the release of not one but TWO studio albums in 2010, saw her latest record Cannibal (RCA, November) go Gold in June.  Her first album Animal, from January ‘10, is currently RIAA-certified Platinum. 

Wiz Khalifa earned his very first RIAA Gold album award for selling more than 500,000 copies of debut Rolling Papers in less than three months.  The Pittsburgh proud Atlantic rapper’s best-selling song to date “Black & Yellow” went 3x multi-Platinum while another popular track “Roll Up” hit Platinum to commemorate three million and one million downloads, respectively. 

Popular track “Knock You Down” by Interscope R&B singer Keri Hilson went double-Platinum in June, while her songs “Turnin Me On” and “Pretty Girl Rock” scored polished Platinum plaques.

Parisian electronic DJ Martin Solveig greeted his very first RIAA Gold download prize for dance-pop song “Hello” featuring Dragonette.  “Hello” hails from his fifth studio album Smash released on Mercury in June. 

2Pac’s 1998 Greatest Hits (Interscope) album added another million in June to become certified for sales of 10 million copies, earning the late rapper his very first RIAA Diamond award.

In June the RIAA awarded a total of 10 album and 32 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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