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WASHINGTON—Many of music’s top artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Gotye, Nicki Minaj and Carrie Underwood earned outstanding Gold & Platinum awards in June, as unveiled today in the Recording Industry Association of America’s newest monthly certifications PDF, posted exclusively to the RIAA’s brand new G&P Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GoldandPlatinum).

Fans are encouraged to “Like” the page to receive breaking artist award news, plaque presentation photos, certification-inspired playlists, a historical timeline dating back to the program’s 1958 launch, opportunities to win prizes like personalized G&P plaques and more. Check it out!

Celebrations were in order in June when The Black Eyed Peas earned the G&P Program’s highest digital single award EVER upon certifying Interscope track “I Gotta Feeling” 8x multi-Platinum. As a group, The Peas currently have more digital singles certified than any other band: 22 million.

Gotye also set a G&P record in June, becoming the first artist to release and certify a digital song 5x multi-Platinum in less than six months! We all know well which track it was: “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Go Gotye!

Certifiably popular songstresses Nicki Minaj and Carrie Underwood upped their album award ante in June. Nicki earned her second Platinum for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” (Universal Republic), while Carrie received her fourth Gold for “Blown Away” (19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville).

“Whitney: The Greatest Hits” captured June’s top album award: a 5x multi-Platinum recognizing more than five million purchases of Houston’s 2000 Arista release. Having certified more than 57 million album sales, Whitney Houston is one of the most certified (not to mention cherished!) musicians in G&P history.

Evoking an often defining moment in an artist’s career, several supremely talented musicians earned their very first RIAA Gold or Platinum awards in June:

EMI Nashville crooner Eric Church and Universal Republic rock stars Florence + The Machine earned premiere Platinum album plaques for selling more than one million copies of their respective  records “Chief” and “Lungs.”

First Platinum song certifications were awarded to country artists Lee Brice, Eric Church and Kip Moore, plus pop rockers Karmin and The Wanted, for their respective hot hits “A Woman Like You,” “Springsteen,” “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” “Brokenhearted” and “Glad You Came.”

Three golden acts received their first Gold single awards: Atlantic solo singer Hunter Hayes for “Wanted,” electronic band M83 for “Midnight City” and X Factor UK judge Nicole Scherzinger for “Right There.”

RIAA’s full June certifications PDF can be accessed at www.facebook.com/GoldandPlatinum. RIAA awarded 61 digital single and 12 album certifications in June. 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.


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy