Sony Acts Score In June Certs

Gretchen Wilson, Modest Mouse among honorees.

Four up-and-coming Sony Music acts were certified gold or platinum by the RIAA in June.

Country artist Gretchen Wilson's Epic Nashville debut, "Here for the Party," which features the hit "Redneck Woman," earned both a gold record (shipments of 500,000 copies) and a platinum record (shipments of 1 million) last month. Earning gold certification were the sophomore set by Modest Mouse, "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" (Epic); the Lostprophets' second album, "Start Something" (Columbia); and Los Lonely Boys' self-titled debut (Or/Epic).

Keith Urban and Kanye West reached new certification heights during June. Urban received his first multi-platinum award, as "Golden Road" (Capitol Nashville) was certified for shipments of 2 million copies. West also earned his first double-platinum award, for his solo debut, "The College Dropout" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam).

Motown act Kem and Beach Street/Reunion group Casting Crowns each earned their first RIAA awards with gold records for "Kemistry" and "Casting Crowns," respectively.

A number of music legends also added to their certification coffers in June.

Prince earned his 10th platinum album for "Musicology" (NPG/Columbia), while LL Cool J received his 10th gold record for "10" (Def Jam). Additionally, Elvis Presley earned his 52nd gold single for "That's All Right."

AC/DC's classic "Back in Black," released previously on Warner Music Group and now on Epic, was certified for shipments of more than 20 million copies.

Finally, Mannheim Steamroller earned its 15th gold album with "Christmas Collection" (American Gramaphone).