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.”
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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.
ladygaga: It’s official - #PokerFace has now achieved RIAA Diamond status. In 2013, Gaga became the first female EVER to earn RIAA Digital Diamond & now she is one of only 3 artists to ever receive TWO Digital Diamond Awards! RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards Program
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.”