Six musical acts earned their first Gold or Platinum album certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in January, according to the organization's monthly certifications tally.
The RIAA awarded premiere Platinum album awards, denoting more than one million records sold in the United States, to two enormous musical talents: country megastar Blake Shelton for "Red River Blue" (Warner Bros., 2011) and newly awarded Grammy Best New Artist winners Fun. for "Some Nights" (Fueled By Ramen).
Four fresh musicians earned their entry into the Gold & Platinum club for selling more than 500,000 copies of their first albums: Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons for "Night Visions" (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), NYC starlet Lana Del Rey for "Born to Die" (Polydor/Interscope), R&B singer and recent double Grammy award winner Frank Ocean for "Channel Orange" (Def Jam) and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips for "The World From The Side Of The Moon" (19/Interscope).
Two bands received 6x multi-Platinum certifications last month, the highest RIAA honors awarded in January. California punk rock band Green Day for their album "American Idiot" (Reprise, 2004) and Tennessee country crew Lady Antebellum for their miss-you ballad "Need You Now" (Capitol Records Nashville, 2009).