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Video of Scooter Braun presenting Justin Bieber with the RIAA Diamond Award for ‘Baby’ tonight at the Believe Tour in Newark, NJ

Rihanna is the FIRST artist to reach and surpass RIAA’s $100 million cumulative singles awards threshold

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced that Rihanna has surpassed more than 100 million Gold & Platinum song certifications, elevating her to number one on RIAA’s list of artists with the most Digital Single Awards and making her the first and only artist to surpass RIAA’s 100 million cumulative singles award threshold.

Encompassing a range of songs from an extraordinarily successful career, Rihanna today claimed 48 million new RIAA Digital Single Certifications, which count download sales and on-demand streams in the United States.

“Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA. “We’ve given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached. Congratulations to Rihanna! She has not only surpassed RIAA’s one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so. It’s an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career.”

Rihanna’s Westbury Road Entertainment LLC/Roc Nation/Def Jam career song certifications span 37 separate titles released during her decade of music making, and include a 9X multi-Platinum award for “We Found Love,” 6X multi-Platinums for “Stay,” “What’s My Name” and “Only Girl (In The World),” plus a 2X multi-Platinum for new song “FourFiveSeconds,” a Platinum for “Bitch Better Have My Money” and many more.

In addition to her 100 million cumulative song honors, Rihanna’s career album awards total 7.5 million sold in the United States, including a 2x multi-Platinum for “Good Girl Gone Bad” (2007), five Platinum albums for “A Girl Like Me” (2006), “Rated R” (2009), “Loud” (2010), “Talk That Talk” (2011) and “Unapologetic” (2012) plus Gold for “Music Of The Sun” (2005).

The RIAA created its Gold & Platinum Awards Program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard for measuring the commercial success of a sound recording. The program trademarked the Gold record and formalized the industry practice of presenting awards to artists for music sales achievements.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), reported that from now they will be including streaming into their Gold and Platinum certifications, using a formula of 100 streams being equivalent to one download. This includes streams from on-demand audio and video services like Spotify, Xbox Music, MTV.com, VEVO, Yahoo! Music, YouTube and more.

With the launch of this new program, RIAA awarded ’Baby’ with new Platinum certifications. Making ‘Baby’ the first single by a male artist to go Diamond (with a total 12 Platinum certifications)

Congratulations on this new achievement, Justin!

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Thought SOPA/PIPA was bad? Better start writing an angry letter to your ISP: Six strikes and you're screwed: What the upcoming piracy crackdown means for you

Starting July 1, the nation’s largest Internet service providers (ISPs) have agreed to adopt a “Graduated Response” program intended to cut down on illegal file sharing. The program, colloquially known as the “six-strikes” system, is the brainchild of the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) — the same industry groups that conjured up SOPA and PIPA. The system will affect millions of Internet users across the country. Whether you download your music and movies from the Internet or not, it is important for everyone to understand what the plan is, and how it could affect your life. Here is everything you need to know about “six-strikes.”

I’m begging everyone to reblog the fuck out of this.

Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" Goes Gold, "Style" 2X Platinum

Taylor Swift receives a gold certification for her “Wildest Dreams.” “Style,” meanwhile, goes double platinum.

A fifth track from Taylor Swift’s “1989” has officially earned a certification under the RIAA’s Digital Singles program.

Following in the footsteps of official singles “Shake it Off,” “Blank Space,” “Style” and “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift’s “1989” album track “Wildest Dreams” has received a gold certification from the RIAA.

Issued June 30, the gold certification confirms a unit total in excess of 500,000. A unit is equivalent to one paid download or 100 streams.

— In addition to scoring the gold certification for “Wildest Dreams,” Swift also earned a new award for her “Style.” The third single from “1989” is now a double-platinum digital single in the United States.

Previous singles “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space” are also multi-platinum. Current single “Bad Blood” is platinum.

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RIAA Crowns Katy Perry Top Certified Digital Artist Ever

Only Act to Surpass 70 MillionCertifications in G&P’s Digital Program 32 Million New Single Awards Announced Perry Recognized at Event in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – Katy Perry has made Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program history.  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized the Capitol Records artist as its most awarded digital act in the history of Gold & Platinum awards, the industry’s premier program for celebrating artistic achievement in the marketplace.  

Eighteen Katy Perry songs, from early favorites like “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold” to popular new releases like “Dark Horse” and “Birthday” are included in Perry’s 72 million cumulative Digital Single Certifications counting downloads and on-demand streams.  The new batch of certifications vaults Katy to the top of the RIAA’s list of artists with the most G&P Digital Single Certifications, and makes Perry the first artist to surpass the 70 million digital award threshold – 20 million ahead of any other artist.

More than 32 million new cumulative certifications were awarded today including a 9x multi-Platinum for “Firework,” two 7x multi-Platinums for “California Gurls” and “E.T.,” three 6x multi-Platinums for “Dark Horse,” “Hot N Cold” and “Teenage Dream” and more.  Katy’s career RIAA tally now encompasses 18 Gold, 16 Platinum and 56 multi-Platinum Digital Single Awards, in addition to her 2x multi-Platinum album “Teenage Dream” and Platinum album “One Of The Boys.”

RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman presented the top award to Perry Wednesday evening at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
“Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with in music,” said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman.  “We are honored to recognize Katy as the most successful digital artist in Gold & Platinum Program history.  She embodies all that makes a true global superstar:  the musical talent, the extraordinary drive and genuine charisma, and an intrinsic connection with her fans.  This award is a reflection of her deep commitment to those qualities and to her music, which has propelled her to this historic milestone.   We congratulate Katy and her team on all her success.”

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I feel like no statement shows how out of touch the MPAA/RIAA is with the internet generation more than "you wouldn't download a pizza"

who wouldn’t download a pizza? fuck yes I would download a pizza. Why would you even tease me by suggesting it might be possible.

Take Action: ISPs Selling Out Customers, Pushing Backdoor SOPA

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They’re selling us out.  Just weeks after Internet users from across the globe came together to to beat SOPA, the major ISPs are cutting a deal with Big Content to restrict web access for users who are accused of piracy.

It’ll do much of the dirty work we were able to prevent when we took down SOPA, this time by restricting certain Americans’ access to the WHOLE Internet.

The details are fuzzy, but the head of the Recording Industry Association of America’s bragged this week that ISPs will start policing copyright by July of this year.  Here’s RT’s take:

Some of the biggest Internet service providers in America plan to adopt policies that will punish customers for copyright infringement, and one of the top trade groups in the music biz announced this week that it could begin as soon as this summer….

RIAA CEO Cary Sherman was one of the guest speakers among a New York panel this week and he confirmed that, at this rate, some of the most powerful Internet providers in America should have their new policies on the books by July 12, 2012.

The ISPs are poised to start treating their customers like criminals, restricting their access to the Internet.  And they’re cutting us off at the knees just ast we’ve begun to force a new conversation about Internet freedom and copyright law.

Please sign on to our open letter demanding they back down:

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/backdoor_sopa/?akid=1283.654596.yVGcq4&rd=1&t=4

OPEN LETTER TO INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS: Just weeks after the Internet banded together to beat back SOPA you’ve apparently chosen to sell out your customers. You’re undermining the emerging new dialogue about Internet freedom in America.  We need you to back down from your “graduated response” plan.

Here’s RT’s article on ISPs’ copyright enforcement plans.

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The movie and music industry think pirates are criminals and parasites who cost both industries billions of dollars in lost sales. In order to prove this fact a number of studies have been commissioned to help demonstrate the effect a pirate has on sales of entertainment. GfK Group is one of the largest market research companies in the world and is often used by the movie industry to carry out research and studies into piracy. Talking to a source within GfK who wished to remain anonymous, Telepolis found that a recent study looking at pirates and their purchasing activities found them to be almost the complete opposite of the criminal parasites the entertainment industry want them to be. The study states that it is much more typical for a pirate to download an illegal copy of a movie to try it before purchasing. They are also found to purchase more DVDs than the average consumer, and they visit the movie theater more, especially for opening weekend releases which typically cost more to attend.