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Albums:
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• “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” Bruno Mars 2x multi-Plat

• “Night Visions” Imagine Dragons Platinum

• “Magna Carta...Holy Grail” Jay-Z Platinum

• “Here's To The Good Times” Florida Georgia Line Platinum

• “Tornado” Little Big Town Platinum

• “California 37” Train Gold



Digital Singles:
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• “Party In The U.S.A.” Miley Cyrus 6x multi-Plat

• “Get Lucky” Daft Punk 2x multi-Plat

• “I Love It” Icona Pop 2x multi-Plat

• “Gone, Gone, Gone” Phillip Phillips Platinum

• “I Want Crazy” Hunter Hayes Platinum

• “Beautiful” Mariah Carey Platinum

• “Power Trip” J. Cole Platinum
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GDP Now Includes Investment In Music

In another sign of music’s enduring value to America, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently changed its gross domestic product (GDP) calculation to count – for the first time ever – the money that is invested in recorded music and other creative works.

Retroactively and going forward, GDP now recognizes a variety of “artistic originals” like sound recordings, movies and other creations as long lasting investments that contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy over time.  Specifically the GDP was calculated to be $74 billion higher than previously estimated for 2012 due to the inclusion of investment in “entertainment, literary, and artistic originals.”


RIAA Adds Streams To Historic G&P Awards

The RIAA recently integrated streams into its Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program awards to more broadly recognize online demand for songs.  G&P digital single certifications now count on-demand audio and video plays from services like MOG, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify, Xbox Music, MTV.com, VEVO, Yahoo! Music, YouTube and many more authorized sites like those at whymusicmatters.com/find-music.
On the heels of the new award launch, the RIAA has presented outstanding Gold & Platinum achievements to artists like Justin Bieber, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran and others.  See several photos below plus many more, including images from the Los Angeles new award launch event, on RIAA's G&P Facebook Page: facebook.com/GoldandPlatinum.
 
Justin Bieber receives his RIAA Diamond Award for “Baby” (Island Def Jam) certifying 12X multi-Platinum counting digital song sales plus on-demand song streams.
 
Photo: Mike Lerner. Left to Right: Liz Kennedy, RIAA's Director, Communications and Gold & Platinum Program; Jonathan Lamy, RIAA's Executive Vice President, Communications; Justin Bieber; Scooter Braun
 
RCA Records rockers Dave Matthews Band receive a career recognition award marking more than 33 million albums sold during the past 20 years.
 
Photo: René Huemer.  L to R: Liz Kennedy; Dave Matthews Band; Tim Reynolds.
 
Jay-Z earns his 12th RIAA Platinum solo album award for “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Roc Nation).

Photo: Lenny Santiago. L to R: Jonathan Lamy; Jay-Z; Mitch Glazier, RIAA’s Senior Executive Vice President; Liz Kennedy.

Elektra artist Ed Sheeran receives his very first Gold album award at an in-house RIAA/WhyMusicMatters.com listening party with DC's HOT 99.5 radio station.

Photo: Daniel Swartz/Revamp.com. L to R: Liz Kennedy; Ed Sheeran; Cara Duckworth Weiblinger, RIAA’s Vice President, Communications.



Apple Readies iTunes Radio

 
Apple, in partnership with all of the major music companies, recently unveiled a plan for “iTunes Radio” — a new hybrid streaming + radio service scheduled to launch this fall. The service will be free to iTunes users with the option to purchase tracks played. Apple says fans’ stations will evolve based on streams and purchases “so the more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more iTunes Radio knows what you like to listen to — and the more personalized your experience becomes.”




According to Billboard.com the top digital downloads for the week of August 17 are:

Songs:

#1 – “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell
#2 – “We Can't Stop” Miley Cyrus
#3 – “Holy Grail” Jay-Z Feat. Justin Timberlake
#4 – “Radioactive” Imagine Dragons
#5 – “Cups” Anna Kendrick

Albums:

#1 – “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke
#2 – “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1” Five Finger Death Punch
#3 – “Magna Carta... Holy Grail” Jay-Z
#4 – “Something Else” Tech N9ne
#5 – “Teen Beach Movie” Soundtrack

* RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman will keynote the Americana Music Festival and Conference this September in Nashville - a city to which the music industry contributes more than 56,000 jobs, $3 billion in income and $9 billion in total economic output to, per a new report.
 
* Listening to music remains the most common activity on iTunes among users, says the NPD Group.  Also, more iTunes users purchase digital songs than buy apps.
 
* While many content industries – music, movies, books, newspapers & magazines – have seen recent growth in digitally derived revenues, the music industry leads the way in digital adoption, based on an analysis of PWC’s recent Global Entertainment and Media Outlook report.  
 
* In fact, RIAA music shipment data shows that digital grew from 51% to 59% of total U.S. industry revenues last year.

July:
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• “Ciara” Ciara 7/9

• “Blessed Unrest” Sara Bareilles 7/16

• “Connect” Sick Puppies 7/16

• “Stars Dance” Selena Gomez 7/23

• “3.0” Marc Anthony 7/23

• “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke 7/30

• “Rhythm & Blues” Buddy Guy 7/30


August:
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• “Bring You Back” Brett Eldredge 8/6

• “The Civil Wars” The Civil Wars 8/6

• “Crash My Party” Luke Bryan 8/13

• “Paradise Valley” John Mayer 8/20

• “The Lumineers (Deluxe Edition)” The Lumineers 8/20

• “Songs From St. Somewhere” Jimmy Buffett 8/20

• “Hail to the King” Avenged Sevenfold 8/27


September:
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• “Fuse” Keith Urban 9/10

• “Golden: Greatest Hits” Jill Scott 9/10

• “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time” 2 Chainz 9/10

• “Nothing Was The Same” Drake 9/17

• “From Here To Now To You” Jack Johnson 9/17

• “Mechanical Bull” Kings of Leon 9/24

• “The 20/20 Experience-2 of 2” Justin Timberlake 9/30



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