Quick Hits: Beyonce, Adele, Metallica, Michael Jackson, OneRepublic
Beyoncé, Adele and Metallica were among the big winners at the NME Awards in London last night. Beyoncé was honored as the NME's "Hero of the Year." Adele won for Best Festival Headliner and Metallica was named the Best International Band. Bastille's Wild World was named Best Album while The 1975 won for Best Live Band. Other winners included Coldplay, Frank Ocean, M.I.A. and Oasis.
Michael Jackson's Thriller has become the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 33x Diamond for United States sales and streams. The news was announced by the RIAA, the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment). Thriller is still the only album ever to have surpassed the RIAA’s 30x million mark in U.S. sales. "Thirty five years later, Michael Jackson's ‘Thriller’ remains as timeless and iconic as ever," said Cary Sherman, RIAA Chairman/CEO). "Thriller has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award, a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history. Congratulations on another ‘Thriller’ milestone." The same day as Thriller's record-breaking certification, Michael Jackson's Bad has also achieved RIAA 10x Diamond Award status in recognition of United States sales and streams of 10 million units.
OneRepublic will headline this year's Honda Civic Tour, which begins in Kansas City on July 7 and wraps up on September 12 at The Woodlands in Texas. Fitz & the Tantrums will open all but a handful of shows and British X-Factor winner James Arthur is on board for the entire tour.