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Gold & Platinum's Wintry Mix
February 23, 2012
Drake, McCreery, LMFAO, Adele & More Among January Highlights
WASHINGTON – Drake’s new album Take Care quickly certified Platinum this winter, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA’s) January Gold & Platinum certifications report. Drake doters purchased more than one million copies of the November release to earn Drizzy his second Platinum album award.
Two newly minted acts earned premiere G&P album icing in January. American Idol champ Scotty McCreery took home his first Platinum plaque for debut Clear As Day (Mercury Nashville, 2011), while Super Bowl stunners LMFAO earned a first Gold for Sorry For Party Rocking (Interscope, 2011).
Several fourth-quarter album releases received timely Gold certifications in January for selling more than 500,000 copies. The golden gaggle includes: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s Concerto One Night (Decca Label Group), English indie band Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials (Universal Republic), Ohio blues rock duo The Black Keys’ El Camino (Nonesuch) and Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy’s Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition (Def Jam).
Recent six-time Grammy award winner Adele warmed up January’s G&P count, receiving the month’s highest album and download awards: 6x multi-Platinum certs for album 21 (Columbia/XL Recordings, 2011) and song “Rolling in the Deep.” Adele also secured her seventh Gold download honor for “Turning Tables.” To date Adele’s career digital certifications represent 14 million downloads sold in the United States.
A bright blue coiffure isn’t all that’s new to Katy Perry in 2012: the Capitol singer also earned January’s second highest download award with a 5x multi-Platinum cert for galactic song “E.T.”
Taylor Swift’s January was one full of precious metals. The RIAA awarded Taylor her 21st Gold download cert for new single “Ours,” a 4x multi-Platinum for popular ballad “You Belong With Me,” plus a 4x multi-Platinum album award for her latest record Speak Now (Big Machine Records, 2010) selling more than four million copies.
Inaugural multi-Platinum digital download awards went to Atlantic R&B artist Trey Songz and Fueled By Ramen pop group Cobra Starship for their respective songs “Bottoms Up” (3x multi-Platinum) and “You Make Me Feel” (2x multi-Platinum).
The RIAA presented first ever Platinum download plaques to pop rock pianist and singer Gavin DeGraw for “Not Over You” (RCA Records), North Carolina hip hopper J. Cole for “Work Out” (Columbia), Oklahoma’s own Toby Keith for “Red Solo Cup” (Show Dog – Universal Music) and country singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann for “Lover, Lover” (Sea Gayle Records).
Meanwhile Luke Bryan, Coldplay and Blake Shelton each earned their second career Platinum download awards for their respective songs “Do I,” “Paradise” and “God Gave Me You.”
In January the RIAA awarded a total of 21 album and 35 digital single certifications. 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