Kenny Chesney Earns Gold, Platinum Certifications

Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" Certified Gold

Kenny Chesney’s latest album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, has been certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of 1 million copies. The project is his 10th platinum album. In addition, his duet with Grace Potter, “You and Tequila,” has been certified as a gold single for 500,000 digital downloads. The duet is the fourth single from Hemingway’s Whiskey, following “The Boys of Fall,” “Somewhere With You” and “Live a Little.”

In addition, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is enjoying his first certification as his debut single, “I Love You This Big,” reaches 500,000 downloads. McCreery will release his debut album, Clear as Day, on Oct. 4.

Miley Cyrus, who also found stardom as a teenager, achieved a triple-platinum digital single certification for “The Climb,” which peaked at No. 25 on the country airplay chart in 2009. Meanwhile, her pop hit, “Party in the U.S.A.,” reached quadruple-platinum status.

As previously announced, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker earned platinum singles in August for reaching 1 million digital downloads. Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” is his first platinum certification. Rucker’s “Alright” is his first platinum single. In addition, two of Rucker’s previous singles — “This” and “Come Back Song” — each reached gold certification for 500,000 digital downloads.

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