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So far there are a big fat zero platinum albums issued this year. Taylor Swift -- you are our only hope.
Yet the year is not a complete wash, as 60 individual songs have been certified as platinum, and this is a clear reflection of the overall shift that the industry has made back to a singles-based focus. Thanks to digital downloads, buyers are no longer required to purchase an entire album, but when compared to last year, the number of platinum-certified singles is still down more than 20%.

Submitted by iamthealex
Jason Tate on 10/20/14 - 01:37 PM
The RIAA wants to "fix" music licensing. Glenn Peoples, writing for Billboard, explains:
The RIAA believes any fix to the music licensing system should include a simplified, blanket license that pays a fair market value to creators and copyright owners. In its 52-page filing to the Copyright Office, the RIAA argues that a market-derived royalty system would benefit rights holders and creators, product greater consumer choice, cost savings for digital services due to simpler licensing procedures, improved transparency and accuracy of royalty payments, and help spur new business models and services by providing greater transparency of the costs and eliminating the delays caused by litigation.
Jason Tate on 05/28/14 - 12:16 PM
Foster The People's Torches has been certified platinum by the RIAA with the single "Pumped Up Kicks" going six times platinum.
Jason Tate on 05/06/14 - 12:38 PM
Cassadee Pope's single "Wasting All These Tears" has gone platinum.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 03/06/14 - 10:46 PM
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