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Metallica Receive Ten RIAA Certifications in December

In reviewing the RIAA Gold and Platinum certifications for December, it's obvious that Taylor Swift is having a great end of 2012, but that statement would also apply to Metallica.

The band upped their platinum album totals on two of their classics, with Metallica (the Black Album) getting its 16th Platinum certificate signifying 16,000,000 copies sold while Ride the Lightning receive its 6th. They also received six gold certificates for passing 500,000 digital downloads of individual songs and two gold certificates for songs that exceeded 500,000 downloads as ringtones.

Other veteran artists receiving certifications in Decemeber were the Rolling Stones going gold with Grrr!, Elton John getting platinum for over one million downloads of Your Song, and Tears for Fears receiving gold for digital downloads of their single Shout.

Decembers awards to veteran artists:

Multi-Platinum Album (500,000 units sold)
  • Metallica - Metallica (16x Platinum)
  • Ride the Lightning - Metallica (6x Platinum)
Gold Album (500,000 units sold)
  • Grrr! - Rolling Stones
Digital Platinum Single (1,000,000 units sold)
  • Your Song - Elton John (also awarded Gold for first 500,000)
Digital Gold Single (500,000 units sold)
  • Shout - Tears For Fears
  • Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
  • Fade to Black - Metallica
  • The Unforgiven - Metallica
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
  • Master of Puppets - Metallica
  • The Day That Never Comes - Metallica
Mastertone Gold Song (500,000 ringtone downloads)
  • Enter Sandman - Metallica
  • One - Metallica