Buffett's Latest Goes Platinum

Singer grabs gold and platinum in August.

Veteran singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett achieves another platinum album with his first studio set in two years, "License to Chill" (Mailboat/RCA), in August certifications by the RIAA. With more than 1 million units shipped, the album brings the artist's career total to 21 million units.

Buffett's latest opened at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with U.S. sales of 239,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His best-selling set to date remains 1985's "Songs You Know by Heart" (MCA), which has shipped more than six million units.

Island rock act Hoobastank earns its first platinum award with the double-platinum "The Reason," as does Maroon 5, with its double-platinum Octone/J debut "Songs About Jane."

TVT's Lil' Jon also reached double-platinum status last month with 2002's "Kings of Crunk."

Other acts who scored their first platinum records in August include Modest Mouse, with "Good New for People Who Like Bad News" (Epic); Velvet Revolver, "Contraband" (RCA); and Big & Rich, "Horse of a Different Color" (Warner Bros.).

Featuring tracks from New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte and Thursday, the double-disc 2004 installment of the Vans Warped Tour reached gold status. Acts who went gold for the first time last month include Gavin DeGraw, with "Chariot" (J); Shinedown, "Leave a Whisper" (Atlantic); Larry the Cable guy, "Lord, I Apologize" (Hip-O); and Kevin Lyttle, self-titled (Atlantic).


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