Eli Young Band, Parmalee Reach Gold

"Drunk Last Night," "Carolina" Earn RIAA Awards

The Eli Young Band doubled up in December with two singles celebrating gold status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Both “Drunk Last Night” and “Always the Love Songs” have been certified gold, marking the third and fourth singles the band has taken beyond the milestone. In the U.S., gold singles are awarded based on a combination of sales and streaming of more than 500,000 units.

“Drunk Last Night” is the current No. 1 single on Billboard’s country airplay chart.

Last week’s No. 1 single, Parmalee’s “Carolina,” was also announced by the RIAA as that band’s first gold-certified single. The song was first recorded for a 2008 EP titled Complicated but now finds its home on Feels Like Carolina, the band’s first release on Stoney Creek Records.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, has reached platinum status for shipment of 1 million units. It achieves that feat despite being released just two months ago. Clarkson’s single from the project, “Silent Night,” features Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire.

Other gold-certified singles announced in December include David Nail’s “Whatever She’s Got” (his third to reach the mark), Rascal Flatts“Banjo” and Taylor Swift’s “Everything Has Changed” (featuring Ed Sheeran).

One new platinum country single was announced — Toby Keith’s “American Solider” from 2004.

One new gold-certified country album was announced — Lee Brice’s Hard 2 Love, which arrived in 2012. Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck,” which appears on the album, is nominated for two Grammy awards. That single was certified gold in June.

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