Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface' Becomes First Album With Every Song RIAA-Certified Gold
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have wrapped touring behind their 2015 album Blurryface (and are likely already at work on its follow-up), but Twenty One Pilots' mainstream-conquering breakthrough is still racking up honors.
This morning, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), announced that Blurryface had become the first album ever to have every one of its songs certified (at least) Gold.
The last one to clear the hurdle was its synthy, crystalline 12th track, “Hometown,” which recently reached the 500,000 units required for RIAA Gold status.
The milestone is a huge testament to the commercial powerhouses Twenty One Pilots are, but also to a recent rule change that shook up how the RIAA hands out certifications. In 2013, the association began counting on-demand steams towards its digital single awards, adding platforms like Spotify -- where the duo is dominant, with every track on the album racking up at least 60 million plays -- alongside old standbys like sales and radio play.
And of course, Blurryface’s actual singles have long eclipsed the gold threshold. If you’re curious, here’s how the whole album breaks down:
7x Platinum: “Stressed Out”
4x Platinum: “Ride”
2x Platinum: “Tear In My Heart”
Platinum: “Heavydirtysoul,” “Fairly Local,” “Lane Boy”
Gold: “The Judge,” “Doubt,” “Polarize,” “We Don't Believe What's On TV,” “Message Man,” “Not Today,” “Goner,” “Hometown”
For more on Blurryface fan favorites, see which one made Billboard's critics' picks countdown of the best deep cuts by 21st century rock bands.