The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today released its year-end tally of 2012 Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program awards.
In 2012, digital continued to dominate. The RIAA awarded more song download honors than any other year in program history, including a 70 percent increase during the past two years, a 25 percent increase year-over-year, and a record breaking 139 digital songs certified Platinum in 2012! In total, 524 digital songs certifications were awarded in 2012, vs. 409 in 2011, and 313 in 2010.
The RIAA also awarded a number of esteemed album certifications, including a prestigious Diamond award for Adele, whose "21" (XL Recordings/Columbia, 2011) became the first album in a decade to sell more than 10 million units in less than two years!
Taylor Swift earned 2012's highest G&P album. Her October and fourth record release "Red" (Big Machine Records, Inc.) sold more than three million U.S. copies in just one month to become the RIAA's top certified annual album at 3x multi-Platinum. Taylor's terrific news comes on the heels of December G&P song awards for the songstress including a 3x multi-Platinum for "We Are Never Getting Back Together" and Platinums for "Red," "I Knew You Were Trouble," "Begin Again," and "Eyes Open." Taylor's career digital RIAA song certifications now surpass 37 million sold since her career launch in 2006.
Call them 2012's top-song-certified! Two songs tied for the top release of 2012 at 6x multi-Platinum: Canadian starlet Carly Rae Jepsen's widely parodied Interscope/Geffen/A&M debut "Call Me Maybe" and Universal Republic soloist Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know." Gotye also earned his very first Gold album award in 2012 for "Making Mirrors," which includes his hit song.
Four enormously acclaimed acts - Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, and One Direction - tied for the second highest song honor of the year: triple-Platinums for their respective 2012 releases "Boyfriend" (Island/Def Jam), "Payphone" (A&M/Octone), "Starships" (Universal Republic), and "What Makes You Beautiful" (Syco Music/Columbia Records). Added congrats to One D, whose triple-Platinum is the British band's very first multi-Platinum nod!