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BLAKE SHELTON EARNS RIAA PLATINUM CERTIFICATION FOR“GOD GAVE ME YOU”

BLAKE SHELTON EARNS RIAA PLATINUM CERTIFICATION FOR“GOD GAVE ME YOU”

Blake’s Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton And Red River Blue Earn RIAA GOLD Certification

Top row (L to R): Lou Ramirez, Justin Luffman, Chris Stacey, Kelli Cashiola, Shane Tarleton, Scott Hendricks, Tyler Wall, Tree Paine, Cris Lacy

Bottom row (L to R): Kristen Williams, John Esposito, Blake Shelton, Peter Strickland, April Johnson

NASHVILLE, TN – January 30, 2012 - Three-time GRAMMY® nominated artist and ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee, Blake Shelton earned PLATINUM certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for “God Gave Me You”. In addition, Blake’s Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton and Red River Blue albums have simultaneously earned GOLD certification by the RIAA. Red River Blue introduced hit singles, “Honey Bee”, certified PLATINUM last year, and “God Gave Me You,” and is also a GRAMMY® nominee for “Best Country Album”.

John Esposito, President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville and Staff surprised Blake at his sold-out show in Duluth, GA this past Friday, January 27 with three plaques to commemorate the most successful year of Blake's career. Blake recently kicked off his sold-out headlining arena tour, “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012” January 12 in Toledo, Ohio with Justin Moore and Dia Frampton.

Blake Shelton is one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times). The reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year for the second consecutive year is currently up for three GRAMMY® nominations and two ACM nominations including their most prestigious honors, Entertainer of the Year. His new single “Drink On It” recently hit country radio and is the follow-up from his three-week No. 1 song, “God Gave Me You.” The single is off his current release, Red River Blue and marks Shelton’s fifth consecutive No. 1. Red River Blue debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Top Current Albums chart and Soundscan Top Country Albums chart with the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career.” Shelton’s infectious multi-week No.1 hit, “Honey Bee" is also off Red River Blue and is his first ever digital Platinum single. He holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost six years. Shelton has ten No. 1 hits and has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007. He is currently one of the musician coaches on NBC’s “The Voice” along with superstars Christian Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine. Shelton recently kicked off his sold-out headlining arena tour, “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012.”

For more information on Blake Shelton and “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012” tour dates, please visit www.BlakeShelton.com.

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