This is the first-ever platinum record the band has achieved. The cover was released and went completely viral in 2014. It received its Gold Certification by the RIAA in 2016.
What does it mean to go platinum? Well, the Recording Industry Association of America who gives the awards define the criteria as follows: Gold – 500,000 Units, Platinum – 1,000,000, Units Multi-Platinum – 2,000,000 Units (increments of 1,000,000 thereafter) and Diamond – 10,000,000 Units (increments of 1,000,000 thereafter).
For streaming services, each permanent digital download counts as 1 Unit for certification purposes and 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams will count as 1 Unit for certification.
The band originally released the track at the end of 2014 and it later appeared on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6’s re-release in 2015.
The Taylor Swift cover marks the first track from the band to receive RIAA certification. Back in 2017, I Prevail vocalist clean vocalist Brian Burkheiser addressed the mixed response to the success they have found with the track.
“Never once said the cover didn’t help launch us into success, but so many fucking bands have had covers blow up and then fallen off,” he wrote at the time. “If we had covered 20 songs, I could understand being labeled a ‘cover band,’ but we have one cover and 20 original songs.”
“Obviously, a lot of people like our original music. Sure, plenty have found us through the cover, but if they didn’t like the music we write we wouldn’t be on an almost completely sold out headliner and have a top 5 selling rock album this year. Keep in mind, our first year of touring (when “Blank Space” was at its peak), we were drawing maybe 200 kids a show. Two years later, that number has skyrocketed. I would say thats due to our most recent album, not a cover we released almost 3 years ago.”
Jam to their cover and party like it’s 2014 again below.
More I Prevail News
The Degenerates Tour will kick off next month and make several stops through October and November around North America.
Tickets for the run go on sale Friday with presale starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. You can get those here. Check out the full list of dates below.
08/18 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop*
08/19 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje*
08/23 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival*
08/25 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival*
09/06 — Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks*
09/07 — Worcester, MA @ Self Help Festival*
09/08 — Concord, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival*
09/27 — Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
09/28 — Simpsonville, SC @ CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
10/12 — San Bernardino, CA @ Self Help Festival
10/13 — Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival*
10/15 — Boise, ID @ Centurylink Arena Boise
10/16 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheater
10/17 — Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
10/21 — Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/22 — Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
10/23 — Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
10/25 — St. Charles, MO @ The Family Arena
10/26 — Chicago, IL @ Credit Union 1 Arena
10/27 — Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
10/29 — Fargo, ND @ Scheels Arena
10/30 — Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
10/31 — Independence, MO @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
11/02 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
11/03 — Fairfax, VA @ Eaglebank Arena
11/05 — Laval, QC @ Place Bell
11/07 — Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
11/09 — Glen Falls, NY @ Cool Insuring Arena
11/10 — Trenton, NJ @ Cure Insurance Arena
11/12 — Syracuse, NY @ The Oncenter War Memorial Arena
11/14 — Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
11/15 — Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
11/16 — Ypsilanti, MI @ Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center
11/17 — Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
11/19 — New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/21 — Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
11/22 — Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
11/23 — Fayetteville, NC @ The Crown Theater
* without I Prevail and Beartooth