12 artists who quietly went platinum and gold in December

These musicians closed out the year by bringing home some shiny new achievements.

January 12, 2019
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We had a great year in music, but with 2019 coming so quickly you might of missed some of our favorite work getting some last minute props before the end of the year.

Here are 12 artists who snuck platinum and gold RIAA honors in December.

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1. twenty one pilots

twenty one pilots return from a three-year hiatus was rewarded with gold honors for their fifth studio album, Trench, Dec. 18. With three songs cracking Billboard’s Hot 100 and Trench hitting No. 2 in sales, it’s safe to say it’s been a great year for the duo. The band are still going strong on their Bandito tour, with both international and U.S. dates still coming up.

2. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

The album responsible for swiping No. 1 album bragging rights from twenty one pilots was awarded platinum Dec. 11. Both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s soundtrack for the box-office hit A Star Is Born, as well as the hit single “Shallow,” were certified platinum, each responsible for 1 million units sold. “Shallow” has been a mega-hit since its release, with the track snagging “Best Original Song” at last weekend’s Golden Globes.

3. Queen

In part thanks to their own box-office noise, Queen added to their already stocked trophy cases by going platinum with “Somebody To Love” and selling another million units with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the latter of which is the namesake for the major motion picture.

4. Halsey

Halsey continues her meteoric rise with another hit, “Without Me.” Not only was the single awarded platinum Dec. 12, but after hitting No. 1 on Billboard, it’s spent an additional 13 weeks on the charts with no signs of leaving anytime soon. (Oh, and she just remixed it with Juice WRLD, so you should probably check that out.)

5. Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD, in addition to collaborating with Halsey and Brendon Urie, has had plenty of success on his own last year. Goodbye & Good Riddance went gold, with “Lucid Dreams,” “All Girls Are The Same” and “Lean Wit Me” off the album both going platinum.”

6. Eminem

Aside from making headlines with a booming diss track directed at Machine Gun Kelly among others, Eminem’s 10th album was a rampant success, reaching platinum status. The album also successfully called out what seemed like half the music industry, including Odd Future, Drake, Lil Pump and Migos and more.


Written by Collin Goeman