AWOLNATION’s ‘Sail’ Is Certified Diamond by RIAA

AWOLNATION's "Sail" was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America on Monday (June 14).

AWOLNATION’s ‘Sail’ Is Certified Diamond by RIAA

AWOLNATION’s “Sail” was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America on Monday (June 14).

The alternative juggernaut has moved 10 million units in the 10 years after its release. According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.

“I wrote this song with the intention of showing a few friends and my family. It’s a very raw and honest song, so I was kinda nervous to share,” AWOLNATION founder Aaron Bruno said in a press release. “I continue to be shocked and humbled that this many millions of people have related. Never in my wildest dreams would I have even imagined this gift.”

“Sail” was released via Red Bull Records on Nov. 8, 2010, on the rock band’s debut EP Back From Earth and later featured on their first studio album Megalithic Symphony in 2011. The song debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2011 before reaching its peak of No. 17 in October 2013. After charting for 79 weeks on the Hot 100, “Sail” holds the record for second-longest run for any artist on the tally, after the record-setting 87 weeks of Imagine Dragons’ No. 3 hit “Radioactive.” The independently released sleeper hit also reached the top five of the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart.

“We’re honored to be a part of such an incredible accomplishment with an artist as talented as AWOLNATION,” adds Greg Hammer, Red Bull Records’ managing director. “It’s an amazing feat for an independent record to earn a certification of this level, and we as a company are immensely proud to see how far this release has come over the past ten years.”

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At 51, Queen Latifah to Get Lifetime Achievement Award at 2021 BET Awards

Queen Latifah will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 2021 BET Awards on June 27. Latifah, 51, will be the third youngest solo artist to receive the honor.

At 51, Queen Latifah to Get Lifetime Achievement Award at 2021 BET Awards

Queen Latifah is 51 — midlife, perhaps, but hardly the age when you expect to start receiving lifetime achievement awards. And yet, that’s just what’s about to happen to the versatile performer. BET announced Monday (June 14) that Latifah will receive a lifetime achievement award at this year’s BET Awards on June 27.

She’ll be the third-youngest solo artist to receive the honor. The youngest was Whitney Houston, who was just 37 when she was honored at the first BET Awards in 2001. Second-youngest was Mary J. Blige, who was 48 when she received the honor two years ago.

While 37 may be awfully young to get a lifetime achievement award, it’s a good thing BET recognized Houston while she was still here to receive her flowers, to use a currently popular expression. Houston died unexpectedly in 2012 at age 48.

Prince was also on the young side when he received a lifetime achievement award from BET. He was 52 when he received the honor in 2010. He too died unexpectedly in 2016 at age 57.

Neither Houston nor Prince has yet received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy (though those awards are sometimes presented posthumously, so either may still receive it). Prince lived to see his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in 2004). Houston did not live to see her Rock Hall induction (in 2020).

The oldest solo artist to receive a lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards was Smokey Robinson, who was 75 when he received the honor in 2015. Second-oldest was James Brown, who was 70 when he was honored in 2003.

Patti LaBelle and Samuel L. Jackson were both 67 when they were honored. Jackson is the only non-music star to be honored. He was honored in the same year that Prince died, and the show included multiple tributes to Prince. No music artist wanted to – or could – compete with that, so the show chose a film star instead.

Here’s a list of artists who have received lifetime achievement awards from the BET. In the case of solo artists, their ages when they received the award are shown in parentheses.

2001: Whitney Houston (37)
2002: Earth, Wind & Fire
2003: James Brown (70)
2004: The Isley Brothers
2005: Gladys Knight (61)
2006: Chaka Khan (53)
2007: Diana Ross (63)
2008: Al Green (62)
2009: The O’Jays
2010: Prince (52)
2011: Patti LaBelle (67)
2012: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
2013: Charlie Wilson (60)
2014: Lionel Richie (64)
2015: Smokey Robinson (75)
2016: Samuel L. Jackson (67)
2017: New Edition
2018: Anita Baker (60)
2019: Mary J. Blige (48)
2020: no award
2021: Queen Latifah (51)

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