https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrolli ... 3d549f3117Charlie Puth's 'Voicenotes' Is Already Eligible For A Gold Certification In The U.S.
by Bryan Rolli
His sophomore album, Voicenotes, is already eligible for a Gold certification in the United States.
Songwriter and pop/R&B crooner Charlie Puth joins the ranks of Cardi B and Post Malone this week, as his sophomore album, Voicenotes, is already eligible for a Gold certification in the United States.
The album, which came out Friday, owes its immediate success to the popularity of its pre-release singles, namely "Attention" and "How Long." The former peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2017 and has been certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA, while the latter peaked at No. 21 and earned a Platinum certification. Because 10 track units equal one album sale, those two singles contributed more than 400,000 units toward Voicenotes' cumulative sales figure before the project even dropped. Additional sales from follow-up singles "Done for Me" and "Change," along with initial album streams, should account for the remainder, earning Voicenotes its Gold plaque upon submission to the RIAA, according to Chart Data.
The certification should vindicate Puth, who delayed the release of Voicenotes from early 2018 in order to make last-minute adjustments. He had already proven himself a dependable hitmaker with his previous singles, including the Selena Gomez-assisted "We Don't Talk Anymore," which peaked at No. 9; "One Call Away," which peaked at No. 12; and "Marvin Gaye," his debut single featuring Meghan Trainor, which peaked at No. 21.
Yet all of Puth's solo singles pale in comparison to the gargantuan success of his Wiz Khalifa collaboration, "See You Again," off the Furious 7 soundtrack. Recorded as a tribute to the late Paul Walker, "See You Again" spent 12 non-consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 — tying the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" and Eminem's "Lose Yourself" for the most weeks at No. 1 for a rap song — and its video boasts more than 3.5 billion YouTube views.
As with Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy and Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys, the pre-release figures from Voicenotes won't count toward its first-week sales total. But with several positive early reviews and popular singles, the album should reinforce Puth's staying power all the same.