WASHINGTON – While Norah Jones received her third multi-Platinum award for her third studio album, artists like Robin Thicke, Miranda Lambert, and Jason Aldean celebrated their first ever Platinum records in March. Others such as Akon, Daughtry, and Josh Turner brought home their first multi-Platinum awards, while rising artists like Selah and Muse received their first ever Gold awards, according to the latest tally of Gold and Platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Jones’ third release on Blue Note Records, Not Too Late, was certified Gold, Platinum, and double Platinum this month. Making this her most personal album yet, Jones recorded in her home studio and either wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks on the album. She did so alongside her long-time partner, collaborator, and producer, bassist Lee Alexander. Her 2004 sophomore release Feels Like Home is currently quadruple Platinum, and her smash-hit debut, Come Away with Me, has sold more than 10 million copies to date.
Several artists found themselves in multi-Platinum territory this month for the first time in their careers. Universal recording artist Akon – who started the year with one multi-Platinum Ringtone certification – received a second such award for “I Wanna Love You.” In addition, Konvicted passed the 2 million sales mark, earning Akon his first multi-Platinum album award. RCA recording artist Daughtry wasted no time picking up his first double-Platinum award after his self-titled debut album Daughtry sold more than 2 million copies. And country artist Josh Turner proved he’s the man as his 2006 MCA Nashville release, Your Man, leapt over the mark of 2 million albums sold.
Neo-soul singer/songwriter Robin Thicke received his first ever Gold and Platinum awards for his sophomore album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke. The California native is the son of Growing Pains’ Alan Thicke – who wrote theme songs for television shows
such as The Facts of Life and Different Strokes – and vocalist Gloria Loring. Robin Thicke’s hit single “Lost Without You” recently topped the weekly Billboard charts.
Country artists Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Rodney Atkins each earned their first RIAA-certified Platinum award. Epic Nashville’s Lambert hit the 1 million mark with Kerosene, while Aldean sold 1 million copies of his self-titled debut album, Jason Aldean. And Rodney Atkins certified Platinum with his third album on Curb records, If You’re Going Through Hell.
The Chicago pop-punk quartet Fall Out Boy reached Gold and Platinum certifications for the group’s latest release, Infinity on High. Fall Out Boy is currently on tour supporting the band’s second album for Island Def Jam.
After much buzz and success on the live music scene, English rock trio Muse is finally getting recognition for its studio work, with the group’s latest album, Absolution, selling more than 500,000 copies. This is the first Gold award for the Warner Brothers recording artists who began playing together more than a decade ago under the name Gothic Plague.
Curb recording artists and Gospel vocal trio Selah took home the group’s first ever Gold certification by selling more than 500,000 copies of Hiding Place.
New York City rapper Nas earned his eighth Gold album for his latest release Hip Hop is Dead. Each of his seven other studio albums is certified Platinum or higher, with the most successful projects being the double-Platinum selling It Was Written and I Am….
Jamaican-American hip-hop artist Shawn Mims, better known as just MIMS, received his first RIAA award by selling more than 1 million copies of his single “This is Why I’m Hot,” meriting both Gold and Platinum certifications. Currently at the top of the Billboard charts, this single appears on his debut album on Capitol entitled Music Is My Savior.
The RIAA awarded a total of four multi-Platinum, nine Platinum and 11 Gold albums in March. 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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