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A Fergalicious February

WASHINGTON - Pop 'Dutchess' Fergie received the top spot for most Gold & Platinum certifications in February, according to the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) monthly G&P count. Five singles from the former Black Eyed Pea's debut solo album released off of WILL.I.AM reached double or single platinum prestige totaling more than eight million units sold!

First time Platinum certifications were presented to alternative artists Flyleaf and Death Cab for Cutie in February for their respective 2005 albums Flyleaf off Octone/J Records and Plans on Atlantic Records. Check out both bands touring the U.S. this spring, and look out for Death Cab’s new Narrow Stars in stores this May.

And for the love of Gold, in the month of February, four rising artists – Finger Eleven, Jaheim, Sara Bareilles, and Sean Kingston – were awarded their first Gold records for selling more than 500,000 albums. Canadian quintet Finger Eleven for their funk-country synthesis Them vs. You vs. Me; multi-talented rapper, model, and actor Jaheim for The Making of a Man; American singer-songwriter and talented pianist Sara Bareilles for her debut album Little Voice and the Jamaican reggae singer-rapper Sean Kingston for his self-titled debut album Sean Kingston. Congrats to all!

RIAA presented California-bred alternative rock band Linkin Park four digital single awards: their singles ‘Bleed It Out’ and ‘Shadow of the Day’ hit Gold while ‘What I’ve Done’ earned Gold and Platinum nods, all on Warner Bros. Here’s to what they’ve done!

Also earning high marks in the digital single category include Britney Spears with three awards: Gold for ‘Piece of Me’ and Gold and Platinum for ‘Gimme More.’ Congratulations to Ms. Britney who has sold more than 31 million albums to date and continues to give us more.

Following on the heels of receiving the first-ever multi-Platinum country digital single award for her hit track ‘Before He Cheats’ (Arista) in January, idolized country superstar Carrie Underwood claimed the highest certification in February as her 2005 album Some Hearts reached 7x multi-Platinum, selling more than 7 million copies. Her tracks ‘So Small’ and ‘Wasted’ were also certified as Gold digital singles.

Even with hell freezing over, the Eagles continue to rack up the brass. Their 2003 release, The Very Best of the Eagles, was certified 5x multi-Platinum on Warner this month. The band additionally claimed the highest certification in January when their most recent release Long Road Out of Eden was certified 7x muliti-Platinum.

In February, RIAA awarded a total 63 digital singles, 26 albums and, 1 ringtone. 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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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.

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