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Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, and Linkin Park Swiftly Earn Gold & Platinum

WASHINGTON – The heralded spring releases by Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, and Linkin Park wasted no time earning Gold and Platinum certification, according to the June tally of Gold and Platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

After her first foray in film providing the voiceover of a possum in the animated film Over the Hedge, RCA recording artist Avril Lavigne returned to the studio for her third album and 2007 release of The Best Damn Thing. Skyrocketing to the top of the Billboard charts the week of its release, this “damn” good album also surged past a million copies earning Platinum certification. Lavigne also brought home a Gold Mastertone award for the ubiquitous first track on the album entitled “Girlfriend”.

It Won’t Be Soon Before Long is Maroon 5’s aptly–named, recently-released studio album, and the A&M recording artists latest album wasted no time certifying Gold and Platinum. In support of this release, the band just announced their It Won’t Be Soon Before Long world tour dates for this fall.

It’s been seven years since rock artists Linkin Park released their Diamond selling debut album Hybrid Theory. The eagerly anticipated fourth offering on Warner Brothers, Minutes to Midnight, quickly certified Gold and Platinum this month, demonstrating that this band has not lost its touch.

It’s been a typically busy season for Gwen Stefani. Her new album, Sweet Escape, has sold more than a million copies, certifying it Gold and Platinum. All this in addition to selling her own limited edition fashion dolls, giving birth to a baby boy, and touring with Akon to promote the new album. Sweet Escape is her second solo album and features collaborations with The Neptunes as well as her tour opener Akon. Gwen’s solo debut album Love, Angel, Music, Baby is currently certified triple Platinum.

All the Right Reasons by Canadian rockers Nickelback surpassed the six million mark this month matching the success of their 2001 release, Silver Side Up. This Roadrunner release includes their Gold certified single, “Photograph” as well as the chart topping singles, “Savin’ Me’” and “Far Away”. Nickelback is currently on tour with Daughtry whose self-titled debut album was certified triple Platinum.
British rock band Snow Patrol received their first ever Gold record for their A&M release Eyes Open. Opening for U2’s Vertigo tour along with the mass appeal of the Billboard charttopping single “Chasing Cars”, helped propel this band to their first certification.

J Records recording artist Fantasia earned her second RIAA certified album for selling more than 500,000 copies of her R&B sophomore release Fantasia. Fantasia added actress to her resume after starring in the Broadway musical The Color Purple and a Lifetime TV movie based on her life, “Life is Not a Fairy Tale.”

Included in the RIAA tally of June certifications are first time Platinum digital single awards for rapper Jim Jones’ “We Fly High” and country artists Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most”. In addition, Justin Timberlake received his first triple Platinum Master Ringtone award for the hit single “Sexy Back” alongside Beyonce’s double Platinum Master Ringtone “Irreplaceable” and rapper T-Pain’s Master Ringtone, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”.

The RIAA awarded a total of three Multi-Platinum, eight Platinum and 11 Gold albums in June. 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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