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Oh, what a decade…

March 1, 2010

The music industry is constantly changing and keeping up with the demand of artists, listeners, record labels, etc. This decade faced a lot of changes with the decline in CD sales and increase in digital downloads and music piracy.

The RIAA released it’s facts and findings for the decade.  And while some of these made me laugh, they also made me smile (mostly because I remember a time in my life when I thought most of this music was good.)

The highest certified album of the decade was a tye between NSYNC’s “No String Attached” and OutKast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” for the group category; Usher’s “Confessions” and Shania Twain’s “Up” for the artist category.

The male artist with highest certified album sales, digital downloads, ringtones and music video certifications was Michael Jackson with 49.  Female winner was Beyonce with 64.

Just album certifications alone was George Strait with 29 and Britney Spears with 23.  Group that won this was Nickelback with 25.

Other highlights of the year –

January 3, 2000 LeAnn Rimes’ self-titled 1999 Curb album becomes the decade’s first Platinum album.

May 10, 2001 *NSYNC’s 2000 Jive album No Strings Attached is certified the first decade’s Diamond album of the decade.

July 29, 2003 The decade’s top certified artist – Beyonce – receives her very first Gold album award for Dangerously in Love (Columbia, 2003).  The album is currently 4x multi-Platinum.

September 23, 2004 The decade’s highest certified album by a female solo artist – Shania Twain’s Up! –  reaches 11x multi-Platinum.

October 22, 2004 Digital Single award introduced.  45 titles were included in the initial group of certifications, encompassing tracks from each major recording company and representing nearly every genre in music.

October 7, 2005 Interscope artist Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” becomes first digital single to sell one million units.

January 7, 2005 Warner band Linkin Park earns a Diamond award for Hybrid Theory (2000).

February 15, 2005 Norah Jones’ debut Blue Note album Come Away with Me turns Diamond three years after its release.

April 15, 2005 The Beatles earn their 5th Diamond award for 1 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol, 2000).

November 1, 2006 Capitol Nashville country artist Garth Brooks takes Double Live (2008) 21x multi-Platinum.  Garth Brooks is currently the best-selling solo artist in history having certified more than 128 million units to date.

June 2006 Master Ringtone award introduced.  The Black Eyed Peas, Chamillionaire, D4L, T-Pain earn the RIAA’s first multi-Platinum ringtone certifications.

January 10, 2007 Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” goes double-Platinum to become the RIAA’s first multi-Platinum digital download.

July 27, 2007 The best selling ringtone by a female solo artist, Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” certifies 3x multi-Platinum.
2008 RIAA celebrates 50th Anniversary of Gold Record.

November 7, 2008 The decade’s highest certified album by a male solo artist – Usher’s Confessions – reaches 10x multi-Platinum.

May 8, 2009 Flo Rida’s “Low” goes 5x multi-Platinum; is the highest certified digital download in history.

August 21, 2009 Michael Jackson’s legendary album Thriller climbs to 29x multi-Platinum to tie the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) as the highest certified album in RIAA Gold & Platinum history.

October 12, 2009 The decade’s top recipient of digital download certifications – Taylor Swift – takes her best selling song “Love Story” 4x multi-Platinum.

December 15, 2009 Lil Wayne’s ringtone “Lollipop” becomes the highest certified ringtone ever at 5x multi-Platinum.

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