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• “Talk That Talk” Rihanna Platinum

• “Blown Away” Carrie Underwood Platinum

• “Some Nights” Fun. Gold

• “God Forgives, I Don’t” Rick Ross Gold

• “Planet Pit” Pitbull Gold

• “Barton Hollow” The Civil Wars Gold

• “Born & Raised” John Mayer Gold

Digital Singles:
• “Somebody That I Used To Know” Gotye 6x multi-Plat

• “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jepsen 5x multi-Plat

• “Whistle” Flo Rida 2x multi-Plat

• “Take Care” Drake 2x multi-Plat

• “Pontoon” Little Big Town Platinum

• “Home” Phillip Phillips Platinum

• “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Taylor Swift Platinum

RIAA Presents: Musicians On Call, Common and Gavin DeGraw!

The RIAA recently presented Warner Bros. Records rapper Common, and RCA recording artist Gavin DeGraw, with special Gold & Platinum Program career achievement awards. The one-of-a-kind plaques were awarded during Common and Gavin’s respective concerts benefiting Musicians On Call at the organization’s Presidential Convention Charity benefits in Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL.
Based in New York with branches in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Nashville and Washington, DC, Musicians On Call is a charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, VA hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The events were sponsored by the RIAA, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Viacom and exclusive print media partner CQ Roll Call.
Want to see more photos from the award presentations? Be sure to visit the RIAA’s new Gold & Platinum Facebook page for albums from both events. Both Common and Gavin "Liked" the photos, and you should too!
Photo Credits: Daniel Swartz / REVAMP.com.
Common’s career G&P achievement award representing three RIAA Gold albums earned during his accomplished 20 year career.
Photo L to R: Common; Michele Ballantyne, Senior Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Industry Relations, RIAA; Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA.
Gavin’s career G&P achievement plaque commemorating one Platinum album and Platinum single, plus five Gold song download awards.
Photo L to R: Dede Lea, Viacom’s EVP of Global Government Relations; Cary Sherman, RIAA’s Chairman & CEO; Gavin DeGraw; Dr. Leslie Faerstein, MOC’s Executive Director; Scott Welch, MOC’s Board Chair; Mitch Bainwol, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ President & CEO.

The Band Perry Spotlights Music Gifting Campaign & Contest

On the heels of their “Vocal Group of the Year” CMA Awards nomination, country trio The Band Perry recently partnered with the “Give the Gift of Music” (GTGOM) campaign to spotlight the significance of giving and receiving music as a gift.
The multi-Platinum crooners debuted a new video tribute on givethegiftofmusic.info, while the campaign launched its second annual “Countdown to the CMA Awards” contest asking fans to share how a particular 2012 CMA Awards nominee’s music has inspired them. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to attend the 46th annual CMA Awards show in Nashville on November 1st and $1,000! There’s still time to enter! Submit your story by 11:59 PM PST on Wednesday, October 10th at http://givethegiftofmusic.info/contests/countdown-to-cma-2012/.
While you’re there, hear how music gifts have touched the lives of many previous GTGOM video contributors, and current CMA Awards nominees, like Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton and others.

Fall For New Albums

Autumn’s arrival routinely marks a large assortment of new music releases – usually more albums than any other season – as the holiday sales period approaches.
This fall is no different, offering an impressive lineup of album releases from many of music’s most talented bands and artists, including Aerosmith, Alejandro Sanz, Alicia Keys, Anita Baker, Bob Dylan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cat Power, Daddy Yankee, Dave Matthews Band, Deadmau5, Ellie Goulding, G.O.O.D. Music (Kanye West’s collaborative project), Green Day, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keyshia Cole, Kiss, Little Big Town, Lupe Fiasco, Martin Solveig, Matchbox Twenty, Mika, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Nelly Furtado, Ne-Yo, No Doubt, OneRepublic, P!nk, Taylor Swift, T.I., The Script, The Wallflowers, Third Day, Toby Keith, Tony Bennett, Van Morrison, Wiz Khalifa and others! Get more info, including album release dates, from Billboard’s “Fall Album Preview” feature.

There’s a New iTunes in Town

Apple will launch its newest iTunes model in October. Upgrades to the marketplace include Facebook and Twitter integration, allowing iTunes users to “Like” songs on FB and “share” purchases via Twitter. Other new features include the addition of concert information to artist pages and built-in iCloud integration to allow users to access their iTunes purchased music, movies and other content on all of their registered Apple devices.

According to Billboard.com the top digital downloads for the week of September 29 are:
# 1 – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
by Taylor Swift
# 2 – “Clique” by Kanye West Jay-Z Big Sean
# 3 – “One More Night” by Maroon 5
# 4 – “Gangnam Style” by Psy
# 5 – “Some Nights” by Fun.
# 1 – “Away From The World” by Dave Matthews Band
# 2 – “The Carpenter” by The Avett Brothers
# 3 – “Coexist” by The xx
# 4 – “Tempest” by Bob Dylan
# 5 – “Night Visions” by Imagine Dragons

* Taylor Swift recently earned the best first-week digital single sales by a female artist upon selling 623,000 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” downloads in just one week in August.
* Flo Rida holds the overall record for most first-week digital sales to-date, having sold 636,000 of “Right Round” in 2009.
* Some 55 percent of consumers have music player apps on their smartphones, while 25 percent have music store apps, according to a new Music 360 study by Nielsen.
* Internet radio, which now reaches 43 percent of the population online, was the fastest growing form of music listening in 2011.

In September:
• “Gravity” Lecrae 9/4

• “Away From The World” Dave Matthews Band 9/11

• “The Truth About Love” P!nk 9/18

• “Battle Born” The Killers 9/18

• “Babel” Mumford & Sons 9/25

• “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap” Lupe Fiasco 9/25

• “Push And Shove” No Doubt 9/25

• “Born To Sing: No Plan B” Van Morrison 10/2

• “The 2nd Law” Muse 10/2

• “Live While We’re Young” One Direction 10/9

• “Monster” Kiss 10/9

• “Halcyon” Ellie Goulding 10/9

• “Night Train” Jason Aldean 10/16

• “Red” Taylor Swift 10/22

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