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Washington, DC - Stepping up to show the kids how it's done, two of the music industry's living legends proved that they still have what it takes to put out a hit record. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Sir Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton each earned their 21st Gold® records this month with "Wingspan: Hits and History" (Gold®, Platinum® and double Platinum®) and "Reptile" (Gold®), respectively.

"With so many new artists making waves on the charts every month, it's nice to see some of rock's veterans getting recognition as well," said RIAA President and CEO Hilary Rosen. "McCartney and Clapton's past contributions to the industry have been incredible and we're pleased to be able to continue to honor them with our Gold® and Platinum® award program."

Outside of The Beatles, McCartney has received 11 Gold® albums as a solo artist while his work with Wings garnered another 10. Clapton has received a total of 20 Gold® albums as a solo artist and another for "Ridin' With The King," his collaboration with B.B. King back in July of 2000.

Flip/Elektra recording artist Staind earned their first Multi-Platinum™ award this month as "Break The Cycle," their follow up to their 1999 debut, "Dysfunction," was certified Gold®, Platinum® and double Platinum®.

The reigning queens of R&B, Destiny's Child picked up their second Multi-Platinum™ award for "Survivor" which was certified Gold®, Platinum® and double Platinum® while the aptly named "The Platinum's On The Wall" was the trio's first Gold® video for sales of more than 50,000 copies.

"Lateralus," the eagerly anticipated new album by Tool was certified both Gold® and Platinum® this month. Their fourth album for Volcano, it has reached Platinum® status faster than any of their previous releases. "Aenima" and "Undertow" are currently double Platinum® while "Opiate" is certified Gold®.

DreamWorks Records had another busy month as Canadian singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado picked up her first Platinum® album for her critically acclaimed debut "Whoa, Nelly!" less than three months after being certified Gold®. In addition, the soundtrack to the Academy award nominated Almost Famous was certified Gold® for sales of more than 500,000 copies.

Hard rock acts continued their resurgence this month as southern California's Linkin Park earned their first Multi-Platinum™ award when their major label debut "Hybrid Theory" was certified double Platinum®.

On the opposite end of the scale, celtic songstress Enya earned her fifth Multi-Platinum™ award as her latest for Reprise, "A Day Without Rain" also earned double Platinum® honors this month.

Warner Bros./Asylum artist Lila McCann enjoyed the fruits of her labor as the RIAA was on hand to present her with a Platinum® album (her first) for her major label debut, "Lila," and a Gold® record for her sophomore effort "Something In The Air" during FanFair 2001 in Nashville.

Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd earned their 13th Gold® record for the double disc "Lyve From Steel Town." It's the band's first certified title since being signed to the Sanctuary Records Group.

Alt-rock pioneers R.E.M. earned yet another Gold® album (their 12th) for the critically acclaimed "Reveal," their latest for Warner Bros. records.

Columbia's Train keeps on rollin' as their latest, "Drops of Jupiter," earned the band their second consecutive Platinum® album this month.

Two additional artists, both signed to Warner Bros., earned their first Platinum® sales award this month as well. "Here's Your Sign" by Bill Engvall and "Wisconsin Death Trip" by Static X were each certified for sales in excess of 1,000,000 copies.

Four artists mined their first Gold® albums this month with three of them coming from the Universal Music Group. Sum 41's "All Killer No Filler" (Island/Def Jam), Saliva's "Every Six Seconds" (Island/Mercury), and Drag-On's "Opposite of H2O" (Ruff Ryders/Interscope) along with Elektra recording artist Tamia's "A Nu Day" each passed the 500,000 sales plateau.

The RIAA awarded a total of nine Multi-Platinum™, 11 Platinum® and 26 Gold® albums in June. All certifications are calculated by Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman. Complete lists of all album, single and video awards for June 2001 are attached and can also be accessed at www.riaa.com


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Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
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