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'Tis the Season for Precious Metals

Holidays Bring Gifts of Gold and Platinum for Tried and True Hitmakers,Including Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, The Killers, and Sean Diddy Combs

WASHINGTON - With the holiday season in full swing, a collection of familiar faces quickly certify with Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum awards, according to a recent tally done by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

With his recent tour and the release of his new album, Jive recording artist Justin Timberlake has sold more than 2 million copies of Futuresex/Lovesounds – cashing in for Gold, Platinum, and double Platinum certifications. This retro-funk album features collaborations with Timberland and Johnny Cash collaborator Rick Rubin. Timberlake’s previous album and solo debut, Justified, currently stands at triple Platinum. Fresh on the heels of his summer tour, Timberlake has a second tour scheduled for the spring.

Feeling half her age, Virgin recording artist Janet Jackson released her newest album, 20 Y.O., which certified Platinum this month. This is Jackson’s ninth album and her eighth Platinum award. 20 Y.0. also marks the anniversary of Jackson’s 1986 landmark album, Control, which has sold more than 5 million copies. Jackson plans to hit the road touring in March 2007.

Known as a 90’s teen pop idol to some and a classy soul singer to others, Christina Aguilera has certainly grown with her recently released double-disc album, Back to Basics, scoring both a Gold and a Platinum award this month. While still celebrating the recent marriage to her new husband Jordan, Aguilera is currently on her world tour and will travel the U.S. next year.

Only a month after its release, Goth-rock band Evanescence managed to also hit both Gold and Platinum with its sophomore album, The Open Door. This Wind-Up Records band has sold more than 6 million copies of the band’s 2003 release, Fallen.

Island recording artists The Killers are the first band to use the newly built studio at the Palms Hotel and Casino in their hometown of Las Vegas to record their latest album, Sam’s Town. Releasing their album in October and selling more than 1 million copies, the foursome named their album after their home town and casino just miles outside this big city.

It’s been five years since Entrepreneur, and Bad Boy Records CEO Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is on the music charts with his own tracks. His latest completion entitled Press Play certified Gold this month. His solo release features appearances by Aguilera, Ciara, Nas, and Cee-Lo. While on his five-year break, Diddy has been occupied with various interests, including running a marathon, developing a fragrance, appearing on Broadway, and producing an MTV show, which helped lead to the creation of his latest female group, Danity Kane. Their self-titled debut album has quickly surpassed the 1 million mark this month.

Selling more than 18 million albums over the course of her career, Nova-Scotia born Sarah McLachlan rings in the season selling more than half a million copies of her Arista-released holiday album, Wintersong. The album features an array of Christmas favorites.

Young pop star JoJo has released her second album, The High Road, attaining Gold certification this month. In addition to singing, actress has also been added to her resume after starring in the 2006 film RV with Robin Williams. Her eponymous debut album is currently Platinum.

After certifying his summer’s end release Gold last month, John Mayer continued to sell another 500,000 records, upgrading his album Continuum to Platinum status. This Columbia artist also struck Gold with his digital track ‘Waiting on the World to Change.’

Island Def Jam rappers Ludacris and Rick Ross both brought home awards this month. Ludacris certified his latest project, Release Therapy, both Gold and Platinum, while Rick Ross struck Gold for the first time with his debut album, Port of Miami.

The RIAA awarded a total of 4 Multi-Platinum, 16 Platinum, and 29 Gold albums in November. 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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