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Digital Singles:
• Phillip Phillips “Home” 3x multi-Plat

• Eric Church “Springsteen” 2x multi-Plat

• Ed Sheeran “The A Team” Platinum

• Will.i.am “Scream & Shout” Platinum

• Kendrick Lamar “Swimming Pools (Drank)” Gold

• One Direction “Little Things” Gold

• Ellie Goulding “Anything Could Happen” Gold

• Taylor Swift “Red” 4x multi-Plat

• Maroon 5 “Overexposed” Platinum

• Lana Del Rey “Born To Die” Gold

• Frank Ocean “Channel Orange” Gold

• Imagine Dragons “Night Visions” Gold

• Alicia Keys “Girl On Fire” Gold

• The Rolling Stones “GRRR!” Gold

RIAA Presents: Musicians On Call, Ke$ha & DJ Jazzy Jeff!

The RIAA recently presented Kemosabe/RCA Records global superstar Ke$ha and legendary R&B/hip-hop star DJ Jazzy Jeff with special Gold & Platinum Program career achievement awards. The one-of-a-kind plaques were awarded during a Presidential Inaugural charity benefit for Musicians On Call sponsored by the RIAA.
Based in New York with branches in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Nashville and Washington, DC, Musicians On Call is a charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, VA hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA; Ke$ha; Joel Flatow, General Manager, West Coast Operations/SVP, Artist & Industry Relations, RIAA. Photo Credit: Daniel Swartz / REVAMP.com
Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA; DJ Jazzy Jeff; Michele Ballantyne, EVP, Public Policy and Industry Relations, RIAA; Leslie Faerstein, Musicians On Call’s Executive Director. Photo Credit: Daniel Swartz / REVAMP.com.
Want to see more photos from the award presentations? Be sure to visit the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Facebook page for albums from both events. Both Ke$ha and DJ Jazzy Jeff Liked the albums, and you should too!

Download Awards Dominate 2012’s G&P Tally

In another sign of a growing and dynamic digital music marketplace, the RIAA awarded more download honors in 2012 than ever before in Gold and Platinum program history. This includes a 70 percent increase during the past two years, a 25 percent increase year-over-year, and a record breaking 139 digital songs certified Platinum in 2012, according to RIAA’s recently released year-end certification tally.
The RIAA also awarded a number of esteemed album certifications, including a prestigious Diamond award for Adele, whose “21” (XL Recordings/Columbia, 2011) became the first album in a decade to sell more than 10 million units in less than two years!
Taylor Swift earned 2012’s top album release certification for “Red” at 3x multi-Platinum, while Carly Rae Jepsen and Gotye tied for the year’s top song release by each earning 6x multi-Platinums for their respective hits “Call Me Maybe” and “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
Check out the complete 2012 G&P tally on RIAA.com here.  

Digital Music Royalties Up

In 2012 approximately $462 million in royalties were paid to artists and music companies for the streaming of their digital tracks on Internet radio and other online services - the most digital royalties of any year yet and 58 percent more than the prior year!
In total, more than $1 billion has gone to musicians and labels during the past 12 years since SoundExchange, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties, was founded.

According to Billboard.com the top digital downloads for the week of February 9 are:
# 1 – “Thrift Shop” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz The Heist
# 2 – “I Knew You Were Trouble” Taylor Swift
# 3 – “Love Me” Lil Wayne Feat. Drake & Future
# 4 – “Scream & Shout” Will.i.am & Britney Spears
# 5 – “Ho Hey” The Lumineers
# 1 – “Pitch Perfect” Soundtrack
# 2 – “Set You Free” Gary Allan
# 3 – “The Lumineers” The Lumineers
# 4 – “Babel” Mumford & Sons
# 5 – “Long.Live.A$AP” A$AP Rocky

* Venture capital investment in the music arena surpassed half a billion dollars in 2012, up 34 percent versus the prior year. 
* A brand new Blackberry World storefront has launched boasting an extensive catalog of DRM-free music from nearly all major and independent labels.
* Music’s biggest night - the 55th annual Grammy Awards - will air Sunday, February 10 at 8/7c on CBS. 
* Don’t miss live Grammy performances from Frank Ocean, Ed Sheeran, Black Keys, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons, Fun., Jack White, Rihanna, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Elton John and more!

• “2013 GRAMMY Nominees” Various Artists 1/22

• “12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief” Various Artists 1/22

• “Passione” Andrea Bocelli 1/29

• “Believe Acoustic” Justin Bieber 1/29

• “Ludaversal” Ludacris 1/29

• “Heartthrob” Tegan & Sara 1/29

February & March:
• “Babel - Gentlemen of the Road Edition” Mumford & Sons 2/5

• “All That Echoes” Josh Groban 2/5

• “Two Lanes of Freedom” Tim McGraw 2/5

• “Smokey Mary” Harry Connick Jr. 2/5

• “Spring Break: Here to Party” Luke Bryan 3/5

• “The Next Day” David Bowie 3/12

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