RIAA Reveals Summer Certifications

Lady Antebellum earned its first RIAA gold digital single award this summer.

Lady Antebellum earned its first RIAA gold digital single award this summer.

Capitol Nashville had a great summer where certifications are concerned. Trace Adkins scored a Platinum single (1,000,000 songs sold) for “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.” Keith Urban received three Gold single awards this June and July. Fans purchased more than 500,000 downloads of “Tonight I Wanna Cry,” “Stupid Boy” and “Sweet Thing” to up Keith’s career Gold song tally to seven. Meanwhile, the label’s new trio, Lady Antebellum grabbed its first Gold single prize for “I Run To You.”

Also scoring big in the digital sales tallies was Sony Music, with hits by Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and Brad Paisley. A Platinum Digital Single went to Underwood’s “All-American Girl,” and a Gold single was handed out to her “I Told You So.” Paisley scored Gold with “I’m Still A Guy,” “Then,” and “Ticks.” Pickler received Gold for “Red High Heels” and “Best Days Of Your Life.”

For Country albums, George Strait’s Troubadour on MCA Nashville was certified Platinum, just before its follow-up hit stores. Jason Aldean’s Wide Open on Broken Bow went Gold.

On the rock front, Nashvillians Kings of Leon (Sony/RCA) earned three Gold and Platinum certifications this summer. The Grammy award winning troupe took their first Platinum album award for Only By The Night (2008) and first digital single nods for “Sex On Fire” and “Use Somebody,” each certifying both Gold and Platinum. And fans rocked out to Atlantic artist Kid Rock, turning Rock N Roll Jesus triple-Platinum to take June’s highest album certification.

For June And July ’09

Platinum Album—Troubadour, George Strait, MCA Nashville

Gold Album—Wide Open, Jason Aldean, Broken Bow

Platinum Digital Single

“Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Trace Adkins, Capitol Nashville

“All-American Girl,” Carrie Underwood, Arista Nashville

Gold Digital Single

“Whatever It Is,” Zac Brown Band, Homegrown/Atlantic Records

“I Run To You,” Lady Antebellum, Capitol Nashville

“Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” James Otto, Warner Bros. Nashville

“I’m Still A Guy,” Brad Paisley, Arista Nashville

“Then,” Brad Paisley, Arista Nashville

“Best Days Of Your Life,” Kellie Pickler, BNA Records

“Sweet Thing,” Keith Urban, Capitol Nashville

“Ticks,” Brad Paisley, Arista Nashville

“Red High Heels,” Kellie Pickler, BNA Records Label

“I Told You So,” Carrie Underwood, Arista Nashville

“Stupid Boy,” Keith Urban, Capitol Nashville

“Tonight I Wanna Cry,” Keith Urban, Capitol Nashville


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