P-L-A-T-I-N-U-M — that’s how you spell “Friends.”
Marshmello and Anne-Marie‘s collaboration may never have broken the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 11, but that didn’t stop it from being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), recognizing 1 million equivalent song units earned in the U.S. “Friends” served as the U.K. singer’s lead single from her debut LP Speak Your Mind. She accepted the plaque just before hitting the stage for a sold-out show at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles on Monday night.
“I love Marshmello,” Anne-Marie said in a press release announcing the certification. “Working with him was so much fun and I can’t wait to work with him again. Talented, humble, lovely human…..I mean, Marshmello.”
One equivalent song unit, as recognized by the RIAA, is equal to: one digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams. The RIAA revamped its Gold & Platinum Awards Program on Feb. 1, 2016, growing from a pure sales certification process to one that includes tracks and streams.
This isn’t Marshmello’s first platinum plaque: He received the honor for his breakout single “Alone” in late 2017. Marshmello and Anne-Marie recently recorded an acoustic version of “Friends.” Of course, the sticky producer stays busy with collaborations, recently announcing work with Juice WRLD and Egyptian pop icon Amr Diab.