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Ring It On

May 26, 2009
Country, Pop, Hip Hop Acts Receive First Ringtone Awards

WASHINGTON – Seven artists joined the Recording Industry Association of America’s celebrated ringers’ circle in April upon receiving their first Master Ringtone certifications, according to the group’s monthly Gold & Platinum count.  The RIAA launched its Master Ringtone award in 2006, an expansion of the organization’s historic Gold and Platinum Program designed to recognize the popularity of fans enjoying music through their mobile phones.   

Leading the pack was Florida rapper 2 Pistols’ “She Got It” and New Orleans bred Birdman’s “Pop Bottles” (Universal Motown), both certifying Gold and Platinum to mark more than one million mobile downloads of the hip hop hits.  

Columbia country trio the Dixie Chicks and Arista Nashville duo Brooks & Dunn each saw their first Gold mastertone nods for “Not Ready to Make Nice” and “Hillbilly Deluxe” respectively.  The Gold mastertone certification of “Not Ready to Make Nice” joins its currently certified Platinum status as a single while “Hillbilly Deluxe” hails from B&D’s Platinum album by the same name.   

Three more first Gold master-certs went to Boston pop-rock quartet Boys Like Girls’ “The Great Escape” (Columbia), Texas pop princess Paula DeAnda featuring The Dey’s “Walk Away (Remember Me)” (J Records) and hip hop DJ/producer Webstar’s “Chicken Noodle Soup” (Universal Motown).  

The RIAA saw a tie for April’s highest-certified album award.  The soundtrack to vampire fantasy film Twilight (Chop Shop/Atlantic) and Canadian rock band Nickelback’s Dark Horse (Roadrunner) each sold more than two million copies to go 2x multi-Platinum since their November releases.  

If you have a case of the Twilight fever, the soundtrack - with songs from artists such as Paramore, Muse, Linkin Park and Rob Pattinson - was recently re-released in a deluxe CD/DVD edition featuring additional bonus material such as new songs, music videos and interviews.  

Nickelback is no stranger to the G&P program: with its most recent hit album Dark Horse, the band welcomes its 19th career Platinum album award.  The group is currently on the European leg of its worldwide “Dark Horse Tour,” scheduled to return to the U.S. for summer shows in July.  Additional kudos to Nickelback’s labelmates and Vancouver neighbors Theory of a Deadman for earning its first Gold album award for Scars & Souvenirs.

What a month for two groups who earned not only their first RIAA certifications but also Academy of Country Music Awards in April.  The certs went to Top New Vocal Group Zac Brown Band for “Chicken Fried” (Platinum single) and The Foundation (Gold and Platinum album, Atlantic) plus Song of the Year winner Jamey Johnson’s hit album That Lonesome Song (Gold, Mercury Nashville).  

The highest digital single awards in April - each 2x Platinum - went to Las Vegas rockers The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” (Island Records), British-born fashion designer and artist M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” (Interscope) and singer/songwriter/producer Kevin Rudolf’s debut single “Let it Rock” featuring labelmate Lil Wayne (Universal Records).

Teen sister act Alyson Renae “Aly” Michalka and Amanda Joy “AJ” Michalka (aka Aly & AJ) earned their first Gold and Platinum digital awards for “Potential Break Up Song,” co-penned by the sisters for their second studio album Insomniatic on Hollywood Records.  Colorado electronica duo 3Oh!3 earned a first Platinum digital cert for “Don’t Trust Me.”  The Photofinish/Atlantic artists’ name is a spin off of their Boulder, CO area code.

The Offspring -- whose first album debuted 20 years ago -- earned a Gold single award for “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” (Columbia).  “You're Gonna Go Far, Kid” is from The Offspring's 2008 album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.  Currently the band’s highest cert stands at 6x multi-Platinum for Smash, released in 1994 on Epitaph.

In April, the RIAA awarded a total 32 digital singles, 10 albums and 13 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.

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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 are the music labels that 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.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101


RIAA Commends Report By Leading Members Of Congress Citing Countries For Inadequate Intellectual Property Protections

May 20, 2009
Administration, now Congress calling for meaningful reforms in global IP arena

WASHINGTON – The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus today released its annual “Country Watch List” identifying several countries with ineffective intellectual property protections. Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, issued the following statement:

“We appreciate the leadership and work of the caucus and in particular its co-chairs, Senators Whitehouse and Hatch, and Congressmen Schiff and Goodlatte.  We hope that the collective voices of concern from both Congress and the Administration in its recent Special 301 Report will serve as impetus for common-sense reforms in each of the countries identified.

“In these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever that the U.S. government take meaningful steps to ensure that the creative community can effectively compete in global markets without facing unfair competition.  New technologies fuel global innovation and enhance opportunities for America’s creativity to reach new audiences, but a lack of effective measures by certain countries to protect intellectual property online severely impairs creativity and the ability of the legal marketplace to reach its full potential.”

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

 

CHINA

China has an opportunity to start afresh in the digital world and to create an online marketplace that is not hindered by the massive piracy that has long afflicted its physical market.  Unfortunately, major companies like Baidu have been permitted to operate in ways that undermine this potential, and we hope that the Chinese government will act swiftly to address this, and to take other steps to create a healthy online marketplace. 

 

SPAIN & CANADA

In Spain and Canada, the legislative framework for addressing online piracy is inadequate, and both countries suffer from very high online piracy rates as a consequence.  Both governments should act quickly to address online piracy, and to ensure that rules promote accountability and responsible conduct on the part of all players in the online distribution chain. 

 

RUSSIA 

Russia needs to take prompt action to address some very basic online piracy issues, including the operation of pirate sites “licensed” by rogue societies.  We look forward to the satisfactory conclusion to the accreditation process for collecting societies that will hopefully facilitate enforcement efforts. 

 

MEXICO

Mexico, notwithstanding the efforts on the part of the Attorney General’s Office and other enforcement bodies, continues to suffer from severe piracy rates.  We look forward to the promulgation and implementation of a national strategy that utilizes and expands resources at the federal, state and local level, and which restores the viability of a very important music market.

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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 are the music labels that 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.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101


Summary of NARM-RIAA Report on Sustainable CD Packaging

May 04, 2009
The report: Comparing Packaging Options for Compact Discs - An Environmental and Toxicological Assessment is a product of the Sustainable Packaging Working Group (SPWG) comprised of representatives of the record labels, music retailers and industry vendors.

 

The SPWG sought to identify viable alternatives to current resin-based (plastic) and paperboard CD packaging that will: decrease use of fossil fuels - and require less energy consumption overall, yield a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions throughout the product life cycle, promote greater use of replenishable and recyclable resources, and reduce the industry's toxicological impacts on human health and the environment.

Throughout its deliberations, the SPWG sought to identify effective solutions for both plastic and paperboard based packaging, recognizing that different modalities of each can be further developed to yield greater environmental benefits. Product options were weighed against the need to assure efficient handling on equipment currently in use, product reliability, cost effectiveness, and value and aesthetic appeal to the performing artists and consumers.

The SPWG recognized that an independent research organization should be retained to develop and conduct a study of this nature and complexity. Sustainability A to Z , a firm headed by outstanding environmental scientific experts, agreed to take on the research and prepare a report. 

The 66-page report and accompanying executive summary provides an extensive array of options for both resin-based and paperboard packaging, printed inserts, and other materials such as adhesives, inks, clarifiers, stiffeners, etc., and describes their respective environmental attributes.

Full report can be downloaded here.

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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 are the music labels that 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.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101