NMPA Announces Top Gold & Platinum Songwriters for March 2016

May 2, 2016

WASHINGTON DC -- The National Music Publishers' Association today announced the top five songwriters and 139 certifications of hit songs for March as part of its Gold & Platinum Program which identifies and honors songwriters of RIAA-certified hits.

NMPA President and CEO David Israelite praised the honorees saying, “March was an extremely competitive month for songwriting certifications with two songwriters tied for five certifications each. Just behind them are Skrillex and Justin Tranter who both earned four certifications. I am thrilled to honor these writers and congratulate the publishers who work tirelessly to promote their songs.”

In partnership with the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program, NMPA finds and certifies the songwriters of RIAA-certified singles. RIAA counts both sales and on-demand streams towards its gold (500K), platinum (1M) and multi-platinum (2M+) thresholds.  Thousands of songwriters have been recognized since NMPA’s program began in 2007.

The top songwriters with 5 G&P certifications are:
Hayley Williams: Crushcrushcrush, That’s What You Get, Pressure, Ignorance, Monster (Paramore)
Bobby Simmons Jr. (a.k.a. B.O.B.): Headband, Nothin’ on You, Airplanes, Both of Us, certified gold and platinum (B.O.B)

4 G&P certifications:
Justin Tranter: Hands to Myself certified gold and platinum (Selena Gomez), Used to Love You (Gwen Stefani), Sorry (Justin Bieber)
Sonny Moore (a.k.a. Skrillex): Sorry (Justin Bieber), Bangarang (Skrillex), Where Are U Now (Skrillex), Kyoto (Skrillex)

3 G&P certifications:
Tyrone Griffin, Jr. (a.k.a. Ty Dolla Sign): – Headband (B.O.B.), Work from Home (Fifth Harmony), Blasé (Ty Dolla Sign)

The top publishers honored include:

Warner/Chappell: 52 certifications
Gold: 32
Platinum: 8
Multiplatinum: 12

SONY/ATV Music Publishing: 23 certifications
Gold: 11
Platinum: 8
Multiplatinum: 4

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG): 20 certifications
Gold: 7
Platinum: 6
Multiplatinum: 7

Kobalt Music: 16 certifications
Gold: 5
Platinum: 6
Multiplatinum: 5

BMG: 14 certifications
Gold: 2
Platinum: 1
Multiplatinum: 11

Pulse Music Management: 5 certifications
Gold: 3
Platinum: 1
Multiplatinum: 1

SONGS Music Publishing: 3 certifications
Big Deal Music: 3 certifications
Downtown: 2 certifications
Words & Music: 1 certification

For more information about the songwriters and songs certified or to order a plaque, please contact Charlotte Sellmyer at CSellmyer@nmpa.org.

About the NMPA G&P Program:
NMPA’s Gold & Platinum Program identifies and honors songwriters behind today’s biggest hits. NMPA confirms songwriters with their music publisher to ensure all appropriate songwriters are recognized for their contribution to an RIAA-certified single.  Certifications count both sales and on-demand streams towards gold (500K), platinum (1M) and multi-platinum (2M+) thresholds.  Thousands of songwriters have been recognized since NMPA’s program began in 2007.  For more information, visit www.nmpa.org/gp-program.