When Skrillex and Rick Ross released “Purple Lamborghini” on July 22, 2016, both artists knew what they were sitting on. The song was released as a single for the motion picture soundtrack for the Suicide Squad film and had Jared Leto reprise his role for the official music video. On Decemeber 6th, “Purple Lamborghini” received
As The Chainsmokers are currently embarking on their Memories…Do Not Open tour, The Chainsmokers received some pretty surprising news today. On Twitter, The Chainsmokers wrote that two of their tracks just went platinum in the United States. The first song that went platinum was their single with Coldplay titled “Something Just Like This,” while their
Since EDM’s explosion in popularity, many crossover tracks have made their way to top 40 radio and sold thousands of copies. Zedd, one of the genre’s leading crossover ambassadors, has experienced some of the most success from adapting his electro house sound to fit pop radio, with hits like “Clarity,” “Stay the Night” and “I Want You to Know” selling over a million copies — or going platinum under the Recording Industry Association of America‘s classification for single sales.
This week, we learned Zedd has yet another hit to add to his roster of platinum-earning singles, his very first as a featured artist: “Starving,” his hit collaboration with duo Grey and actress-turned-pop star Hailee Steinfeld. “Starving” released in July 2016 with both chart and critical success, with the three performing the track live at events like the NickelodenHALO Awards show, and now the single has earned a spot atop the platinum-earning RIAA singles ranks. Congratulations to Grey, Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd!
As Martin Garrix’s first single with Sony/RCA, “In The Name Of Love” was a remarkably successful tune. The track peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot 100, though it not as successful as neither Bebe Rexha’s or Martin Garrix’s previously charting tracks.
The track reached Gold certification on December 12th, 2016, and the RIAA has officially declared the song as Platinum certified on January 9th, 2017, meaning it’s sold over one million units in the United States. Under RIAA’s revised conditions, 150 streams are equivalent to one download, an amendment that factors hugely in today’s music landscape.
Without question, 2016 is the year of Drake. His fourth studio album, Views, has officially gone quadruple platinum, selling over four million units under RIAA’s new policy which includes streamed plays. Let’s hope they spelled everything right on the plaque…
But that’s far from all the honors flooding the Canadian artist; Drake received a record 13 nominations at the American Music Awards, winning four of those categories, and he’s also received eight Grammy nominations, not to mention his opening spot at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, Drake has now topped all three of Apple’s year-end charts for Top Album, Top Song, and Best Of Beats 1 Playlist. Seriously, I’ll have what he’s having.
Flume officially broke out of dance popularity and into mainstream stardom behind the release of his sophomore album Skin earlier this year. The album boasted Flume’s masterful method of experimentation and showedcased major strides of development from his self-titled debut in 2012. Skin is a contender for electronic record of the year, and its pop appeal has been largely due to the overwhelming success of the LP’s standout single, “Never Be Like You.” The track earned the Aussie beatmaker his first-ever platinum certification, and now he’s doubled down, with the Kai-assisted hit going double platinum in the U.S..
“Never Be Like You” roped in a number of high profile remixes too, with Martin Solveig, Disclosure, and Wave Racer all offering their takes on one of the year’s biggest tunes.
Flume has incontestably had the biggest year of his career in 2016. Between Skin, a newly-released companion EP, a world tour, and now two platinum plaques to boot, its hard to make the case that any electronic artist is riding a higher wave than Flume at the moment.
Nils Sjoberg is on the writing credits for Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For,” but that fictitious name is indeed a pseudonym for the one and only Taylor Swift.
Complications over this secret seem to have contributed to Harris and Swift’s ultimate demise, a major sore point being when Harris said in an interview that he couldn’t see himself working with Swift in the future.
But now that the track is the only 2016 release to go double platinum in the UK, Calvin Harris has chosen the noble route and thanked his collaborators for working together on the hit.
Nearly eight years after its original release — and coincidentally, on Halloween of all days — deadmau5‘s iconic “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” has officially gone platinum. The 2009 single, which features the vocals of Pendulum and Knife Party‘s Rob Swire, is arguably one of the most recognizable electronic dance songs of the past decade.
As such, it may come as a surprise to many fans that it took this long for the track to break the 1,000,000 copies-sold marker. However, considering that the past decade has also seen a huge decrease in the physical consumption of music — due to the rise of streaming and the continued popularity of digital piracy — the fact that a track that’s almost a decade old is still selling copies at a significant rate is an achievement in and of itself.
Ultimately, the continued popularity of deadmau5’s classic compositions speaks to his genius as a producer and tastemaker. See what deadmau5 had to say about the accreditaiton and listen to the original “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” below:
Entirely too appropriate for Halloween, deadmau5 just earned Platinum Certification for “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” featuring Rob Swire.
As the breakout single of For Lack Of A Better Name, the now iconic track went through “at least” 10 different revisions since its origins in 2004, finally seeing an official release in 2008. Hard to believe it’s been a whopping eight years since it debuted on his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in 2008, but alas, here we are, and “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” finally has the recognition it deserves – and on Halloween no less!
CalvinHarris‘ career has skyrocketed to new heights today, as it was announced that his track “We Found Love” with Rihanna will join only 10 other digital singles as a certified diamond record. For those unfamiliar with the requirements of the RIAA rating system, this means that the track has sold over 10 million copies since its release in 2011. Wow.
What makes the achievement especially exciting is that “We Found Love” is the very first EDM track to join the coveted list. It now stands alongside such monumental hits as Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” Eminem’s “Not Afraid” and “Love The Way You Lie (ft. Rihanna),” Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse (ft. Juicy J)” and “Firework,” Justin Bieber’s “Baby (ft. Ludacris),” Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop.”
The track was also the first to be added to the list since January of this year, with “Poker Face” being the other most recent addition. When he found out the news, Calvin Harris took to Twitter to offer his thanks to America and the RIAA for helping him reach such a significant milestone. An enormous congratulations to Calvin for the incredible achievement!
Check out his tweet below, and scroll further to revisit the song itself.