MANILA, Philippines - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has just released the year-end tally for its 2012 Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program awards.
Last year, RIAA awarded 155 album and 524 digital single certifications. It said digital music dominated in 2012, an increase of 70 in the last two years that saw 139 digital songs being certified platinum.
RIAA bestowed the Diamond award on Adele whose "21" album became the first album in 10 years to sell more than 10 million units in less than two years, according to a statement released by the association.
Taylor Swift's "Red" album sold over three million copies to earn the 3x multi-platinum status.
"Taylor’s terrific news comes on the heels of December G&P song awards for the songstress including a 3x multi-Platinum for 'We Are Never Getting Back Together' and Platinums for 'Red,' 'I Knew You Were Trouble,' 'Begin Again,' and 'Eyes Open.' Taylor’s career digital RIAA song certifications now surpass 37 million sold since her career launch in 2006," the RIAA said.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" earned 6x multi-platinum award.
On the other hand, Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," Maroon 5's "Payphone," Nicki Minaj's "Starships" and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" earned triple-platinums last year.
RIAA said three breakout stars earned their first double-platinum song awards. They are Psy for the viral song "Gangnam Style," Philip Philips for "Home" and Tyga for "Rack City." These songs were downloaded more than two million times.
"Gangnam Style" also earned gold and platinum certifications from RIAA.
The industry association added that popular artists earned platinum album awards in 2012. These are Jason Aldean’s “Night Train,” Justin Bieber’s “Believe,” Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” One Direction’s “Up All Night,” P!nk’s “Truth About Love,” Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee,” Rod Stewart’s “Merry Christmas, Baby” and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away.”
Five acts also earned gold certifications for their first albums in 2012. They are 2 Chainz’s “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” Fun.’s “Some Nights,” Of Monsters and Men’s “My Head Is An Animal,” The Lumineers’ “The Lumineers” and Abel Tesfaye’s, a.k.a.The Weeknd’s, “Trilogy.”Link to my original article on Manila Bulletin online: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/391884/adele-taylor-swift-psy-top-riaas-2012-achievers
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