RIAA Names Top 2012 Artists

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released its year-end Gold & Platinum Program awards, with the most digital song download honors ever awarded—a 25% increase year-over-year, and a record breaking 139 digital songs certified Platinum in 2012.

In total, 524 digital songs certifications were awarded in 2012, vs. 409 in 2011, and 313 in 2010. The RIAA bestowed awards on Adele, Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen, among others, for extraordinary sales performance.