RIAA Announces Gold and Platinum Ringtone Certifications

rickross.jpgEarlier this week in New York City, over 84 artists were awarded Master Ringtone Sales Awards by the Recording Industry Association of America for their accomplishments in the relatively young cell phone ringtone market. The new certifications, which are an extension of the Platinum and Gold awards that artists currently receive for sales of albums and singles, will be awarded based on the number of times a given ringtone is downloaded. Among the recipients on hand Wednesday (June 14) were Bow Wow, who received two Platinum Awards and one Gold, and new Def Jam artist Rick Ross, who won for his hit single “Hustlin’. In all, 128 songs were certified, with other huge names like Kanye West, 50 Cent, and the Black Eyed Peas among the honorees.

  • littlerockslim

    I wonder if artist can sell a million ringtones but not records would a label keep him or her?

  • GULLYUGLYMONEYFROMDADEE

    Maybe not cuz niggas(major labels) aint goin get cake like that off that shit ya dig

  • Ian

    I ain’t mad at the ringtone stuff for jumping off the way it has. If you an artist in the industry they already got you as a slave, this just gives the artist a chance to make a little extra money on the side. I hope ringtones continue to grow like this.

  • ReDiCuLouS

    Yo I got Rick Ross’ shit up on my phone…I mean, who listen to rap & don’t buy their fav artist’s ringtones? (besides them broke ass niggaz who can’t afford a celly) It’s guarenteed money in the bank…now if they would just cuztomize them better….

  • http://www.abeerisabeer.com Just Lyphe

    Ring tones are off tha chain, I got em too, but I think they one of the most genius marketing tools the industry ever created. We basically pay to market the label’s artist for them, introducing their artist’s songs to new cliental everytime our phone rings!!! Another victory for the labels!

  • 11KAP

    I don’t need a ringtone like you pleasure seeking teeny boppers. That’s a nice way to waste your money to me. Save it, yung. Ringtones are the newest way for some big shot executive to get a young person’s money. It’s BS to me. MF a ringtone, dog!

  • http://idk kid boo

    hahahahahahah littlerockslim
    hes got a point will tha lable keep dem??
    but damn wat can’t go gold or Platinum these days damn i think the next thing to go platinum is goin to be fuckin mexicans!!hahahahahahah over 2 million unseen!! hahahahahahahah

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    KID BOO IZ FUCKEN IDIOT………

    GGGGGGGGGG-UNOT

  • http://www.facebook.com bama

    11KAP U MUST DON’T HAVE A CELL PHONE AND PHONY YAYO U MAKE ME SICK STOP HATING ON G-UNIT AND OH YEAH U MUST BE A MEXICAN SINCE U GOT MAD A KID BOO FOR HIS COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!SEL

  • Andrew

    g-unit we run rap music

  • jus

    wow…you guyz still think you in g-unit. 50 must pay yall good andrew..
    and phony yayo must be signed to blackwall street.
    what the hell is going on???

  • bangin’ mami

    yo you lil boys is ignorant…
    its about ringtones n you kno G-unit aint shit 50 is a snitch thats all thats gotta b sed… n phony yayo keep doin u

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    11KAP Says:

    June 19th, 2006 at 3:26 pm
    I don’t need a ringtone like you pleasure seeking teeny boppers. That’s a nice way to waste your money to me. Save it, yung. Ringtones are the newest way for some big shot executive to get a young person’s money. It’s BS to me. MF a ringtone, dog!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You fuckin dumbass… waste of money? Niggaz be stealing ringtones round the clock! And what the fuck you gon buy wit $1.99 you could’ve saved by not buy a ringtone? A Whopper? Fuck outta here, fool. If buyin a ringtone’s a waste of money… shows how much of it your dumb ass don’t have.

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