Thirteen albums & 68 singles awarded in 2022
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced the 13 albums and 68 singles released and awarded this year in the prestigious Gold & Platinum program. Building on her history-making career with another rare million-plus first week launch, Taylor Swift earns the Top Album with her 2x Platinum Midnights via Republic Records and is the only artist in 2022 to reach multi-Platinum status. Future locks the Top Single with his 3x Platinum “Wait for U” via Epic Records/Freebandz. RIAA Top Certified in 2022, this culmination celebrates those who commanded the charts and playlists throughout the year.
“Incredible voices and collaborations were celebrated this year with coveted RIAA Gold & Platinum awards, honoring artists’ creative efforts, reflecting fan engagement and recognizing commercial successes alongside label partners. Music is a powerful connector, and these milestone achievements acknowledge the dynamic reach of the very best in 2022!” says RIAA Chairman & CEO Mitch Glazier.
Only four albums earned Platinum status in 2022. They are Beyonce’s Renaissance, Future’s I Never Liked You, Harry Styles’ Harry’s House and Lil Durk’s 7220.
Eight albums reached Gold status in 2022, including Bret Faiyaz’s Wasteland, Jack Harlow’s Come Home The Kids Miss You, Kodak Black’s Back for Everything, Lil Baby’s It’s Only Me, Rod Wave’s Beautiful Mind, Walker Hayes’ Country Stuff The Album and Never Broke Again’s Colors & The Last Slimeto.
Highlighting fans’ favorite music as evident through their top purchases/streams, Gold & Platinum awards applaud the artists, their record labels and creative partners. These songs and albums impact pop culture, cross geographical boundaries and intimately soundtrack lives.
The Gold & Platinum program began in 1958 to recognize artists whose songs and albums have earned significant US consumption milestones and celebrate the voracious fanbases listening on repeat. Explore all of the certifications throughout the decades here.
Amplifying the original initiative as global music gains wider popularity, Premios de Oro y Platino was created in 2001 to recognize successful albums and singles that are more than 50% Spanish language. Billboard Español revealed earlier this year, “2022 already demonstrates how Latin music will be a continuing force to be reckoned with in the United States (and beyond)” and standout artist Becky G scored the Top Latin Album with 3x multi-Platinum Esquemas and Top Latin Single for the 23X multi-Platinum collaboration “Mamiii” with Karol G via Sony Music Latin. At mid-year US Latin music, which outpaced overall US tallies, grew its share to a record high at 6.6% of total revenue.
2022 was an amazing year for music! Only 13 albums + 68 singles earned #RIAATopCertified 📀 & 💿 status! Did your favorite artist make the list? Check out this year's highlights at https://t.co/1BTix2jh1D pic.twitter.com/nYML9nJIMn
— RIAA (@RIAA) December 8, 2022