In May, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Luke Bryan's fourth studio album, the award-winning (Billboard's Top Country Album) Crash My Party, 2x multi-Platinum. Four songs from the album also got RIAA Digital Single Awards - the album's first single, "Crash My Party," which hit #1 on the Country Airplay chart in July 2013 (3 months after releasing to radio) and the second single, "That’s My Kind Of Night," which hit #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart the same month it released, were both certified 2x multi-Platinum. The third single, "Drink a Beer," which hit #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart 3 months after going to radio and the fourth single release, "Play It Again," both got Platinum status.
Another country crooner, Georgia's own Brantley Gilbert, got his first Platinum album award for Halfway To Heaven, which released in 2011 on Valory Music. Gilbert also earned his third Platinum Digital Single Award for current hit "Bottoms Up."
Another notable first, Frankie Ballard's single, "Helluva Life," was one of 13 songs certified RIAA Gold in May, after passing the 500,000 threshold with downloads and on-demand streams.
In Christian music news, "Hold Me," the single from Jamie Grace that features tobyMac, "Ooh Ahh," the Grits' single that also features tobyMac and Newsboys' "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)" all were awarded RIAA Gold as well.