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Duffy's Dazzling Debut

Evanescence's Fallen Rises to 7x Multi-Platinum in June

WASHINGTON – Soulful singer-songwriter Duffy’s debut album Rockferry on Mercury achieved Gold status within one month of its release, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) monthly Gold & Platinum count for June. This is the first certification for the Welsh-born artist to commemorate sales of more than 500,000 albums.

Additional first Gold records went to Warner Bros. recording artist Ashley Tisdale for both her debut album Headstrong and her popular single ‘He Said, She Said,’ and pop-rockers Metro Station for their single ‘Shake It.’ Tisdale, well known for her role as Sharpay Evans in Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical 2, is featured on both of the film’s soundtracks which have each gone 3x and 4x multi-Platinum, respectively. Teen quartet Metro Station was discovered by Red Ink/Columbia records after steadily topping MySpace’s unsigned band chart.

The boys of Metro Station weren’t the only ones shakin’ it in June. Top double-Platinum digital single certifications were awarded to Colombian hip-shaking songstress Shakira for ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ on Epic and alternative quintet Finger Eleven for its power ballad ‘Paralyzer’ on Wind-Up Records. Finger Eleven is currently touring with South African metal band Seether who earned its fourth Gold record this month for Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces and a Gold single nod for the track ‘Fake It.’ Reaching Platinum prestige is two-time GRAMMY-winning rockers Linkin Park for ‘Shadow of the Day’ on Warner Bros, selling more than one million copies.

The highest album certification in June – 7x multi-Platinum – went to Evanescence’s Fallen to commemorate sales exceeding seven million since the album’s unveiling five years ago. Additionally, the band’s visceral track ‘Bring Me to Life’ brought it another Gold record to add to its cache.

Cheers to Madonna who earned her 44th career Gold certification in June when her recent release Hard Candy on Warner Bros. sold more than 500,000 copies in only two months. To add to all her bling, her new single ‘4 Minutes’ featuring Justin Timberlake achieved the same swift success, marking it Gold. Praise to the ever-popular pop icon whose career sales surpass 63.5 million albums since releasing her self-titled debut album Madonna in 1983.

Timeless gem Neil Diamond took home his 40th career Gold album for Home Before Dark, released in May. Diamond – whose career album sales now exceed 48.5 million – continues to maintain an enduring appeal 42 years since his first album release.

Many-a-mobile phone is sounding DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m So Hood,’ which rang first time Platinum mastertone certification in June. Another Koch artist Ray J is feeling his first Gold mastertone certification for ‘Sexy Can I’ off his second album All I Feel.

In June, RIAA awarded a total of 16 albums, 13 digital singles and 2 mastertones. 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