Some of music's biggest acts are getting an early Christmas gift of gold and platinum. Today (Dec. 11), the RIAA released its list of songs and albums that have gone gold or platinum over the last two months, and the long list features both familiar names and some unexpected gems.
Of course, Justin Timberlake leads the platinum album certifications with The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which was certified both gold and platinum over the October/November timeframe. The album has already exceeded one million copies sold after being released on Sept. 30. That's a small feat compared to the first part of The 20/20 Experience, which moved 968,000 copies in its very first week, but in today's album market, it's still no small feat.
That album is currently 2x platinum.
Additionally, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut album The Heist also passed the one million mark, getting certified platinum on Oct. 9.
Meanwhile, gold records, which certify that over 500,000 copies of an album have been shipped, went to sleepier albums. Fleet Foxes' 2008 self-titled release and Jake Owen's 2011 record Barefoot Blue Jean Night both passed that mark.
Several singles have gone platinum this fall, including: Tyler Farr's "Redneck Crazy," Passenger's "Let Her Go," Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This," Lupe Fiasco's "Battle Scars," One Direction's "Best Song Ever" and Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather" and "Knee Deep."
Meanwhile, gold digital single certifications have gone to Ylvis ("The Fox"), Big Sean ("Beware") and Cassadee Pope ("Wasting All These Tears").