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Outkast First Group To Receive Multi-Platinum Certification For Downloads

Outkast has become

the group to be certified platinum for digital downloads by the Recording Industry

Association of America.

The group’s

smash single “Hey Ya!” tallied over 400,000 downloads, double the

amount needed to be certified platinum by the RIAA.

Six other songs

– three more from Outkast – qualified for platinum by reaching 200,000

downloads, while 45 other songs qualified for gold status, or 100,000 downloads.

These awards "are

a reflection of both the commitment of the entire music community to consumer-friendly

legitimate digital services and fan appetite for high-quality music," RIAA

Chief Executive Officer Mitch Bainwol said in a statement.

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According to Bainwol, standards for certification are lower, because fewer people

purchase music online.

According to the

RIAA’s count, over 59 million digital singles were sold in the United

States in the first 6 months of 2004, a fraction of what the online music industry

expects in the coming years.

Certifications

for the records were based on sales data from RealNetworks, Napster, Musicmatch,

Apple’s Itunes and others.

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