The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) this week kicks off the 60th anniversarycelebration of its prestigious Gold & Platinum Program, the industry’s premier award for recognizing artistic achievement in the music marketplace.
On this week (March 14th) in 1958, Perry Como’s song “Catch A Falling Star” (RCA Records) achieved the first official industry Gold Award. Months later, on July 8th, the soundtrack to “Oklahoma!” (Capitol Records) sung by Gordon MacRae became the first Gold album. More than 17,000 separate titles have achieved RIAA certification during the past 60 years.
The RIAA’s anniversary celebration includes a variety of initiatives, including a new riaa.com/GoldandPlatinum60 website featuring a timeline of recorded music history and significant program achievements by music’s most accomplished artists and iconic record labels. The site features nearly 200 artist photos, plus new videos of artists celebrating Gold & Platinum’s 60th and sharing RIAA Award memories. Participating artists so far include Andra Day, Brett Eldredge, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Chris Janson, Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley, DJ Khaled, Dustin Lynch, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Fat Joe, Florida Georgia Line, French Montana, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Jay-Z, Julia Michaels, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Remy Ma, Sean Paul, Travis Scott, Shawn Mendes and Zedd.