Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.” Earns Gold, Platinum Digital Sales

Pictured (L-R): Lee Greenwood and Mike Dungan (Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville)

Pictured (L-R): Lee Greenwood and Mike Dungan (Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville)

Lee Greenwood‘s patriotic classic, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” has earned digital sales of more than one million units. The track re-entered Billboard‘s Top 10 Country Digital Songs at No. 9 for the week ending July 7.

Mike Dungan, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, presented Greenwood with a Gold RIAA plaque for more than 500,000 sales of the single as well as a Platinum RIAA plaque for more than a million sales.

“Throughout our history, we’ve had songs that have been a battle cry, that have given us courage and strength. Each time, people reach out for something that will unite them, and make them feel proud as Americans. And every time they look for it, they find ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ So I sing it as much as a I can across America and I’m thankful for every download,” Greenwood said.

Greenwood penned “God Bless the U.S.A.” in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has gone on to reach the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9/11.


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