Zac Brown Band, Eric Church Rack Up Additional Platinum Certifications

Sam Hunt Claims Additional Metal From the RIAA

The Zac Brown Band and Eric Church racked up more platinum album awards from the Recording Industry Association of America during the month of August, according to a report released this week by the RIAA.

The ZBB’s The Foundation, released in 2008, has now been declared quintuple platinum for sales, downloads and streams equaling 5 million units. Church’s 2011 Chief went triple platinum for 3 million units.

Additionally, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde and Church’s Carolina were certified platinum for the distribution of 1 million units each. Church also picked up a gold certification for his most recent album, Mr. Misunderstood, for a combined total of more than 500,000 units.

Also in the gold album circle is Blake Shelton‘s If I’m Honest.

Sam Hunt proved to be the king of multiplatinum country singles for the month with “Take Your Time” leading the way at triple platinum and three other tracks achieving double-platinum status — “House Party,” “Leave the Night On” and “Break Up in a Small Town.” Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” hit the platinum mark and “Ex to See” went gold.

Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” was certified triple platinum, and other platinum singles include Cole Swindell‘s “You Should Be Here,” Dierks Bentley‘s “Somewhere on a Beach” and Kelsea Ballerini‘s “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Others on the list of gold singles: Church’s “Record Year,” Ballerini’s “Peter Pan,” Chris Lane‘s “Fix,” Dan + Shay‘s “From the Ground Up” and Jake Owen‘s “American Country Love Song.”

Gold video awards went to two long-form productions of Joey + Rory‘s Hymns (That Are Important to Us) and the Statler BrothersFarewell Concert.

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.