RIAA’s historic Gold® & Platinum® Program defines success in the recorded music industry.
Originally conceived to honor artists and track sound recording sales, Gold & Platinum Awards have come to stand as a benchmark of success for any artist—whether they’ve just released their first song or Greatest Hits album.
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“I’m not going to say that the album is dead, but I will say this is a formula that helps the artist keep their music current, and keeps the fan base from being satiated all at once and then waiting forever for the next album."I think the approach of compiling the album as you go and providing a musical surprise every few months is fantastic," Marks continues.
"It’s not a brand new model -- there are a lot of pop and hip-hop artists who have been following that formula for some time; that’s part of the day-to-day at Spotify -- but I think it’s time for country music to contemplate the use of that.
"There's a good chance we'll have three or four songs out by the time we get the record finished," Belanger adds.
"This allows us to maintain the momentum and creative pace of Sam's career while alleviating any outside pressure to deliver the album."In the streaming realm, where Hunt has broken records for a country artist, this news is welcome.
"I think releasing relevant music as he records it is one of the smartest things that Sam could ever do," says John Marks, Spotify’s head of global programming for country music.
"Bruno has seven great new songs – I've heard 'em – but the album should now be released in September or October, to qualify for next year's Grammy Awards," he said.
Lo and behold, good old Pete was totally on the money, as Bruno Mars released his new single '24k Magic' on October 7.