After scoring five weeks atop The Billboard 200, Usher racks up multi-platinum honors during April certifications from the RIAA.

After scoring five weeks atop The Billboard 200, Usher racks up multi-platinum honors during April certifications from the RIAA.

With more than 3 million units shipped, his "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) brings the R&B artist's career total U.S. shipments to more than 13.5 million units.

Earning his first gold and platinum award in the same month, hip-hop artist Kanye West moved past the 1 million shipment mark with his Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam debut "The College Dropout."

Joining West with their first taste of gold are J Records' Cassidy ("Split Personality"), Maverick's Story of the Year ("Page Avenue") and EMI Gospel's Smokie Norful ("I Need You Now").

Country veterans Brooks & Dunn received their eighth platinum certification for Arista Nashville's "Red Dirt Road," bringing the duo's career total to more than 23 million U.S. shipments.

With a combined total of 38 million units shipped, Columbia's "Now That's What I Call Music!" added another three million units to its total with volume 14 of the series.

Also in April, the RIAA awarded pop hyphenate Jessica Simpson with her second double-platinum album for Columbia's "In This Skin." Her 1999 debut "Sweet Kisses" also shipped more than 2 million units.