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Beyonce tops decade's RIAA sales

Has 64 certifications, including CDs, digital songs, ringtones
By Erik Pedersen

Feb 17, 2010

Put a championship ring on it: Beyonce was far and away the queen of gold and platinum sales milestones during the past decade.

The RIAA on Wednesday released a compilation of its awards for 2000-09, and the heavily Grammy-ed songstress leads the field with 64 certifications, including albums, digital songs, master ringtones and music videos. The one-time Destiny's Child singer also led the league in ringtone certifications with 19.

Meanwhile, a generation after their creative peak -- and breakup -- the Eagles continue to wing past sales milestones, topping all other groups in total gold and platinum awards with 48. Fellow '70s breakout act Michael Jackson led male solo artists with 44.

The list only covers music released during the decade.

Three albums from disparate genres tied for highest certification at 11 times platinum: 'N Sync's "No Strings Attached" (2000), Shania Twain's "Up!" (2002) and Outkast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (2003).

A pair of 2008 smashes led the digital categories: Flo Rida's "Low" was the decade's highest-certified digital song at quintuple platinum, and Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" led phone tones at five times platinum. Both, of course, also are the all-time record holders.

A gold award is presented for sales of 500,000 albums, digital songs or ringtones, and platinum is recognized at the 1 million mark. Each multiplatinum award is counted as a separate certification. A music video goes gold at 25,000 units, platinum at 50,000 and multiplatinum for every 50,000 units after that; the milestones for longform videos are 50,000, 100,000 and 200,000-plus.

"We've seen a decade of major music milestones and extraordinary artist achievements as part of our historic Gold and Platinum program," RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol said. "The names, songs and albums on our list are the decade's best and are etched in our music DNA."

A few highlights from the decade:

-- The digital single award was introduced in October 2004. Nearly a year later, Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" becomes the first platinum download.

-- The master ringtone award debuted in June 2006. The Black Eyed Peas, Chamillionaire, D4L and T-Pain earned the RIAA's first multiplatinum ringtone certifications.

-- On Jan. 10, 2007, Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" goes double-platinum to become the first multiplatinum digital download.

The RIAA's certification program launched in 1958, when Perry Como's single "Catch a Falling Star" became the first-ever gold record; the "Oklahoma!" soundtrack was certified as the first gold album four months later. The platinum award debuted in 1976, with Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" being the first single to snag the award and the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" the first album. The latter is tied with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as the best-selling album of all time in the U.S., at 29 times platinum.

Fueled by then-nascent MTV, the music video certifications were established in 1981



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Beyonce, 'NSYNC, Outkast Top Decade-End Sales List

Feb 18 2010

RIAA list tallies top gold and platinum sellers between 2000 and 2009.
By Gil Kaufman

The years between 2000 and 2009 were very good for Beyoncé, 'NSYNC, Michael Jackson and Nickelback, according to figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America on Wednesday. The music-industry trade association tallied gold (500,000) and platinum (1 million) certifications for the first decade of the 2000s, and those coming out at the top of the heap also include Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, Flo Rida and Lil Wayne.

The big winner, though, was Beyoncé, who topped all lists with the most total gold and platinum certifications at 64, which includes tallies for cumulative album, digital song, master ringtone and music video certifications. She was followed by classic rock act the Eagles, who had 48 total certifications, and the late Michael Jackson at 44.

The group category in total album certifications was led by Nickelback with 25. Britney Spears grabbed the top female solo artist category at 23, and country act George Strait snagged the male solo title with 29. The top digital song certifications belonged to Taylor Swift with 25, followed by Kanye West (19) and Linkin Park (13) in the group category. Beyoncé (19) edged out T.I. (15) in the most master ringtone certifications race. Flo Rida's five-times platinum "Low" was the best-selling digital download of all time and Lil Wayne's five-times platinum "Lollipop" was the highest certified ringtone ever.

The decade's highest certified album sales award was a tie between 'NSYNC's No Strings Attached and Outkast's Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below, which were both certified at 11-times platinum, equaled in the female solo artist category by Shania Twain's Up! and just ahead of Usher's Confessions, which topped the male solo artist race with a 10-times platinum score.

While Flo Rida set the record, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift both came close in the most certified digital song category, each going four-times platinum with, respectively, "Just Dance" and "Love Story." Coldplay and the Fray took the group honors with "Viva La Vida" and "How to Save a Life," respectively; both went three-times platinum.

Behind Wayne in the master ringtone section were Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" in the female solo slot at three-times platinum and D4L ("Laffy Taffy"), Hinder ("Lips of an Angel") and the Shop Boyz ("Party Like a Rock Star"), who all hit three-times platinum in the group class.

-- Edited by Tommy on Thursday 18th of February 2010 02:56:11 PM



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It should just be 5.5 for "Up!" Dumb rule by the RIAA to double its count. It is not like it actually shipped 11 million. It really skews who actually had the top album of the decade for a female artist.


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They did the same thing with Outkast's album. RIAA do this to any album that has a extra CD. 

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