Canada Has Conquered the U.S. in the Digital Singles Department

The United States’ equivalent of Music Canada, awarding gold/platinum certifications on records, is the RIAA, inappropriately named as it stands for the Recording Industry Association in America. (It is an association for only the United States, not all of America, North and South). A recent event calls for celebrations, as a Canadian recording artist was awarded with authoring the best-selling digital single of all-time in the nation of stars and stripes. “Baby”, the 2010 smash hit by Stratford, Ontario’s Justin Bieber has been declared 12x platinum (or 1.2x diamond) by the RIAA making it champion of the digital single sales department.  Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2011 hit “Call Me Maybe” is at 9x platinum there placing it in 4th place. The all-time best-selling standard single (vinyl/cassette/CD format) in the United States, as it is in Canada, is Elton John’s “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”, a tribute to Lady Di (ironic given that the U.S. is a republic). Contrary to popular belief, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is not the top certified album of all-time in the United States. The title belongs to Dreaming of You by Selena at 35x Platinum, or triple-diamond. Baby” has not been certified by Music Canada.

RIAA Best-Selling Digital Singles


New Gold/Platinum Certifications Jan 28 – Feb 22, 2013

The latest Canadian-artist albums and singles to receive domestic gold/platinum certifications include country crooner Paul Daraiche’s Mes amours mes amis which made it to #3 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart last October.  Classified’s “Inner Ninja” which features David Myles has become the first Canuck tune of 2013 to achieve platinum sales.  Saskatoon’s boogie rockers The Sheepdogs have a pair of certifications.  Their single “I Don’t Know” which managed to win the JUNO for Single of the Year in 2012 has gone gold.  Their album Learn & Burn from 2010 has attained platinum sales.  Serena Ryder’s Harmony album which contains her Top 10 hit “Stompa” has gone gold.  A pair of Top 40 singles from last year have also made gold:  Emerson Drive’s “She’s My Kind of Crazy” and Rosette’s collaborative song with Ian Carey, “Amnesia”.

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Guess Who’s Number 1 on iTunes?

A picture is worth a thousand words…

There it is folks. A big thank you to all for your support. Carly Rae Jepsen is #1 on iTunes. “Call Me Maybe” is the biggest song in the country. It’s been a looooong time since a Canadian artist has been at #1.

Carly will be releasing her second studio album, Curiosity, on Valentine’s Day (14 February 2012) under 604 Records / Universal. Below is the album cover which she has posted on her website.