43 artists earned first-time Gold or Platinum Awards in 2021.
Every artist’s story is different. But one common thread for those who break through to G&P recognition is a great partnership with a label team that supports their music, craft, and journey to creative and commercial success. Breaking, supporting, and championing artists and their music is what the people who work at record labels do every day. #LabelsAtWork
The RIAA Gold and Platinum Program defines success in the music industry.
Originally conceived to honor artists and track recording sales, Gold & Platinum Awards have come to stand as a benchmark of success for any artist – whether they’ve just released their first song, or Greatest Hits album. Explore the full range of charts to see where your favorite artist got their start.
“RIAA welcomes 43 amazing new artists into this year’s ‘Class Of 2021’ first-time Gold & Platinum Awards club. You join a towering group of musical giants – legends who have shaped our culture and achieved the very highest level of creative and commercial success. Congratulations to this year’s artists and their label teams that have helped them reach this incredible milestone moment. We can’t wait to see what you do next!”
*For the purposes of this analysis, we reviewed singles and albums released in 2020-2021 and certified in 2021. Only first-time Gold & Platinum awardees were included. Soundtracks and multi-artist titles were excluded.