Heavy Metal Country

Neal McCoy and John Michael Montgomery were among the country acts receiving gold and platinum albums during the month of February, according to a report issued Monday (Feb. 3) by the Recording Industry Association of America. McCoy’s 1997 Greatest Hits album received RIAA certification for shipments of 1 million copies. Montgomery’s 1998 project, Leave a Mark, was certified gold for shipments of 500,000 copies. As previously reported, the Dixie Chicks and George Strait added to their multi-platinum credentials. The Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces received certification for shipment of 12 million copies, while their latest album, Home, is now certified at the 5 million level. The platinum certification of Strait’s The Road Less Traveled pushed his career sales past the 51-million mark to make him the second-highest certified country artist of all time. Garth Brooks still holds the record for sales in excess of 100 million copies. Trace Adkins recently received a gold plaque for Chrome. Kid Rock’s Cocky — which features “Picture,” his duet with Sheryl Crow — is now triple-platinum. 03/03/03