NMPA’s Gold & Platinum Program Names Top Songwriters For March


The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has named Hayley Williams of Paramore, Bobby Simmons Jr. (also known as B.O.B.), Justin Tranter, Sonny Moore (also known as Skrillex), and Tyrone Griffin Jr. (also known as Ty Dolla Sign) as its top five songwriters for March.

The recognition is part of NMPA’s Gold & Platinum Program, which identifies and honors songwriters of RIAA-certified hits.

NMPA President and CEO David Israelite praised the honorees saying, “March was an extremely competitive month for songwriting certifications with two songwriters tied for five certifications each. Just behind them are Skrillex and Justin Tranter who both earned four certifications. I am thrilled to honor these writers and congratulate the publishers who work tirelessly to promote their songs.”

In partnership with the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program, NMPA finds and certifies the songwriters of RIAA-certified singles. RIAA counts both sales and on-demand streams towards its gold (500,000 units), platinum (1 million units) and multi-platinum (2 million units and above) thresholds. Thousands of songwriters have been recognized since NMPA’s program began in 2007.

The top songwriters honored include:

5 G&P certifications:
Hayley Williams: “Crushcrushcrush,” “That’s What You Get,” “Pressure,” “Ignorance,” “Monster” (Paramore)
Bobby Simmons Jr.: “Headband,” “Nothin’ on You,” “Airplanes,” “Both of Us” certified gold and platinum (B.O.B)

4 G&P certifications:
Justin Tranter: “Hands to Myself” certified gold and platinum (Selena Gomez), “Used to Love You” (Gwen Stefani), “Sorry” (Justin Bieber)
Sonny Moore: “Sorry” (Justin Bieber), “Bangarang” (Skrillex), “Where Are U Now” (Skrillex), “Kyoto” (Skrillex)

3 G&P certifications:
Tyrone Griffin Jr.: “Headband” (B.O.B.), “Work from Home” (Fifth Harmony), “Blasé” (Ty Dolla Sign)

The top publishers honored include:

Warner/Chappell: 52 certifications
Gold: 32
Platinum: 8
Multiplatinum: 12

Sony/ATV Music Publishing: 23 certifications
Gold: 11
Platinum: 8
Multiplatinum: 4

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG): 20 certifications
Gold: 7
Platinum: 6
Multiplatinum: 7

Kobalt Music: 16 certifications
Gold: 5
Platinum: 6
Multiplatinum: 5

BMG: 14 certifications
Gold: 2
Platinum: 1
Multiplatinum: 11

Pulse Music Management: 5 certifications
Gold: 3
Platinum: 1
Multiplatinum: 1

SONGS Music Publishing: 3 certifications
Big Deal Music: 3 certifications
Downtown: 2 certifications
Words & Music: 1 certification


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