RIAA Gold & Platinum Program Update Increases Digital Single Awards


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) added song streams to its Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program in 2013 which helped fuel a record-breaking 663 “Digital Single Awards”—a 25 percent increase —according to RIAA’s year-end certifications. In addition to adding streams, the RIAA modernized other program parts to ensure that G&P awards reflect a changing music market.

Jay Z and Justin Timberlake tied for the RIAA’s top certified album; Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” earned the singer 2013’s top-certified Digital Single Award; Lorde and Katy Perry tied for the RIAA’s second highest 2013 song honor. The RIAA also awarded two triple-Platinum Awards to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (Columbia) and Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” (Island).