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Hot Summer Releases Sweep Top Gold & Platinum Awards

Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Katy Perry, Phillip Phillips and more certified by RIAA in July

WASHINGTON – Justin Bieber’s latest album “Believe” certified Platinum in just one month this summer, while a variety of music’s top acts also earned sizzling awards, according to the July tally of Gold & Platinum certifications released today by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Bieber now has five career Platinum (or higher) album awards to his name, in addition to digital single certifications representing more than 10 million songs sold in the United States. Don’t stop beliebin’!

The RIAA’s complete July certifications PDF can be accessed exclusively on the group’s new G&P Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GoldandPlatinum). Fans are encouraged to “Like” the page for artists’ award photos, certification-inspired playlists, breaking G&P news, a historical timeline dating back to the program’s 1958 launch and much more!

Country king Kenny Chesney earned two “sweet sixteens” in July: his sixteenth Gold album award for June release “Welcome to the Fishbowl” AND sixteenth Gold digital single certification for popular get-back-together download from that album, “Come Over.” Catch the Columbia Nashville recording icon on tour this summer with Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Moving in only One Direction – up the Gold & Platinum ladder – Syco Records band O.D. certified their debut record “Up All Night” RIAA Platinum, and heartthrob hit “What Makes You Beautiful” 3x multi-Platinum in July.

Also on a one-way speed train to the top, Canadian songstress Carly Rae Jepsen’s everywhere track “Call Me Maybe” continues to dial up success, reaching 4x multi-Platinum in July by selling more than four million downloads in just five months.

“Part of Me” certified 2x multi-Platinum in July, marking Capitol starlet Katy Perry’s eighth career double-Platinum download award. Meanwhile, fellow femme acts Rihanna and Taylor Swift received their respective eighteenth and sixteenth Gold digital single awards for “Where Have You Been” and “Mercy.”

The RIAA certified 24 stellar songs Gold throughout July for selling 500,000 copies, while notable first Golds went to Universal Republic singer-songwriter Alex Clare, Atlantic indie rock band Grouplove and American Idol season eleven winner Phillip Phillips for their respective songs “Too Close,” “Tongue Tied” and “Home.” “Too Close” and “Tongue Tied” were recently featured in Microsoft and Apple commercials respectively, while “Home” was played frequently during NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

RIAA’s full July certifications PDF can be accessed at www.facebook.com/GoldandPlatinum. RIAA awarded 53 digital single and six album certifications in July. All certifications are calculated by Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman. Complete lists of all album, single, mastertone and video awards can 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